The Skatehouse was approached to be involved in a local festival last July 2014 called ‘Starfish’ it was organised by the local youth group called ‘starfish’ which engages young people in making music and supplying sound and recording studios on the Phoenix Estate which is neighboring to us. See http://www.starfishlewes.co.uk/ for more info on what they are about.
We were advised to apply for a pot of funding from a local funder called ‘Chalk Cliff’, see – http://chalkclifftrust.org/. We were able to obtain £5000 to provide a portable mini ramp for the starfish festival as well as merchandise and promotional materials. Although the original plan for a mini ramp to be taken did not happen the the skatehouse team were able to take some smaller ramps to teach. A larger size mini ramp was built and taken to Boomtown Fair 2014 so the money ‘Chalk Cliff’ funding money ended up being well spent. I wanted to do a clay workshop at starfish festival so I decided to do a clay starfish making session keeping in theme.
It was a successful day for both The Skatehouse and my clay workshop! This was my first workshop in Lewes and I enjoyed to feel part of the local community.
I managed to make a bit of cash to pay for the cost of the kiln and pay my friend who helped out for the day. Sadly I lost my notebook which had the names, emails and phone numbers of all the kids and parents which participated in the workshop so it was impossible to contact anyone when their clay creations were ready to collect!! The workshop was cheap enough so I can only hope everyone felt like the experience on the whole was worth the £1.50 fee. My plan is to make a mosaic out of the leftover pieces and donate it to ‘Starfish’ so they can display it at their premises. We would love to be involved again this year creatively and physically with the skate ramps. Watch this space…..