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March 20, 2019

After St Luke's yesterday a small group of us went around to see the current exhibition at Chuck Gallery. the exhibition is for International Women's Day: LEGACY- 2nd of March – 24th of March 2018 by Josephe Cocles. It was a breath of fresh air to see this exhibition o...

March 19, 2019

Today Dominique Tessier launched our first Slap Dash Book Club.

This was an opportunity for people to come and spend some time exploring our book collection. People gathered and browsed the books they felt drawn to and then swapped books amongst each other as well as wr...

March 6, 2018

A promise to myself that this year I will take time out to draw. Time out of the ordinary, noisy activities of the day to be quiet and still, and to live in the moment. Elizabeth Gaskell House and Garden is a quiet space in which there is a history and tradition of rea...

January 23, 2018

Today I attended the event to celebrate the culmination of artist Vic McEwans Harmonic Oscillator project hosted by Clive Parkinson of Arts and Health in Manchester. In the cinema at HOME, Clive presented Vic's work and their collaboration together with Clive acting as...

December 20, 2017

Yesterday we had our mid-year 'sharing' event to tell the story of Mapping MCR's Quiet Spaces so far...

The event took place at St Lukes Church in Ardwick, Manchester in a very atmospheric space creating a special quiet encounter of its own as we sat in silence listenin...

December 12, 2017

Reddish Vale 12/12/17 Alison Kershaw

A local lady I spoke to on Sunday evening said she was going ski-ing, to the mountains, During our conversation she said "snow silences everything", which got me thinking...

Cold constricts and slows down movement. This is true within...

November 21, 2017

Walking through Highfields Country Park there was a silvery rustling. Look up.

October 31, 2017

Whitworth Art Gallery in half term is not a quiet space...

But we still managed to find quiet corners and space for reflection and listening and looking.

Even in the drizzle and wet the seats at the 'back' entrance quadrangle provide enough shelter from the elements to e...

September 21, 2017

An afternoon of quiet drawing inspired by Frederick Fran's 'Zen The Art of Seeing'

Using this drawing method to help us look closely and forget ourselves, we can really tune into our envrionment and the present moment. This is an excellent way to 'be' in a quiet space,...

August 8, 2017

Poppies flower for one day only.

The sounds of the city recede as you look closely.

 Their translucent, papery petals detatch and float away even as you try and draw them.

These observational drawings and photographs are studies for Chinese Ink Paintings.

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