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Happy Healthy HeARTs hailed a success at Fleetwood Market

Moving market crowdLeading up to this year’s Tram Sunday and Spare Parts Festival on Sunday 16 July, Fleetwood Market played host to a number of exciting arts performances and activities.

The idea was to make the venue a fun, happy and healthy market for traders and shoppers alike. Linking into the Healthier Fleetwood initiative and also being an important strand of the festivals’ access and inclusion programme, arts and creativity is good for the soul and we were keen for as many people as possible to take part.

Linda Copland was commissioned as the market’s artist in residence developing an arts installation which involved decorating a crowd of life sized standing statues. Almost twenty local groups and schools received their figure to create the ‘market crowd’ which was showcased at the venue on Tram Sunday. We are running a competition until Tuesday 1 August; all you have to do is collect a checklist from the market office, find all the figures around the market and return your completed list back to the office. You will then be entered into a draw for a chance to win a £25 market shopping voucher to spend at any stall.

Linda says of her time at the market: “It’s been a fantastic experience working with the stall holders and meeting a variety of community groups. Each blank silhouette went on an adventure, returning to the market as an individual, representing the talent and imagination of the community.”

Linda adds: “So many conversations and meeting of minds took place, debating ideas and negotiating techniques. It has been a pleasure to organise and thank you to all those who contributed ideas, time and positive comments.”

Also part of the arts programme was Adele Robinson, a local poet. Adele held a poetry and creative writing workshop in the centre of the market on 6 July. This encouraged people to write poems, stories and listen to extracts from local writers about Fleetwood.

The programme of events culminated on Tram Sunday where the market was buzzing with activity. Internationally acclaimed BMX stunt rider Matti Hemmings and Etta Ermini dance theatre performed on the outdoor performance area plus lots of walkabout street theatre acts and musicians such as the fantastically funny Granny Turismo could also be spotted!

Chris Wyatt, Wyre’s Arts and Events Development Officer says: “The residency has been a huge creative and market community success over the last few months. 50 mannequins were individually designed by traders, local schools and other local groups. It provided an opportunity for the pieces to animate the market in a number of ways. Collectively, as one vibrant installation, or scattered amongst the stalls and acting as a competitive trail for visitors to find them all and enter in a prize draw. The traders are also using them as signposts, advertising boards and a design based interpretation of their goods and products.”

Chris adds: “This pilot project was good for rapport building with the arts and the artists and accompanied by weekly showcase performances from acts such as the Fylde Ukulele Network, is now generating an accepting artistic culture for the venue.”


Fleetwood Market is open 9am – 4.30pm Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday PLUS bank holidays and Tram Sunday all year round.

Happy and Healthy HeARTS at Fleetwood Market

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Leading up to this year’s Tram Sunday and Spare Parts festival on Sunday 16 July, Fleetwood Market is hosting a number of exciting arts performances and activities.

The idea is to make the venue a fun, happy and healthy market for traders and shoppers alike. Linking into the Healthier Fleetwood initiative and also being an important strand of the festivals’ access and inclusion programme, arts and creativity is good for the soul and we’d like you to take part.

Linda Copeland will be the artist in residence joining us every Saturday from 17 June encouraging participants to be creative at all ages. Linda is developing an arts installation which involves decorating a crowd of life sized standing statues. Almost twenty local groups and schools have received their figure and once complete the ‘market crowd’ will be shown at the venue and weather permitting, around the town.

Every Thursday afternoon between 2pm and 4pm starting from 15 June (excluding 6 July), come and sing along with the Fylde Ukulele Network. A great way to bop whilst you shop! Mouth-watering afternoon teas will also be available at the market café so you can take full advantage of the entertainment at your leisure.

Local musician Mike Fairclough will be bringing his own brand of folk on Saturday 17 June between 10am and 12pm, and on other days – keep an eye out for the notices at the market.

There is an ongoing “Arts Area” available to have a go at art. We’ll provide lots of paper, templates, crayons and pencils for all the family to use. Especially good for those rainy days in town.

We are also hoping to have creative writing classes, and salsa demonstrations.

On Tram Sunday the market will be buzzing with activity. Internationally acclaimed BMX stunt rider Matti Hemmings will be performing on the outdoor performance area at the market, the fantastically funny Bicycle Ballet and the daring and skilful dance group Etta Ermini are in attendance; plus lots of walkabout street theatre acts and musicians.
There is still time, if you want to get involved in providing creative activities, please contact Chris Wyatt, at chris.wyatt@wyre.gov.uk.

Fleetwood Market – A healthy venue Community Creativity programme.

Dance silhouetteBeing engaged and participating in the arts and creativity has proven positive for our well-being.

We would like to make Fleetwood Market a place to host different creative activities both for visitors and traders.

We’re looking for local arts groups, artists, drama groups, choirs, musicians, dance schools, creative writers, poets, knitters and crafty folk to help provide short performances, sessions or demonstrations at the market during June and July.

Slots are available on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and most Saturdays. During these months there will also be a visual artist in residence, who will be creating a unique installation. You can help to shape this work too!
If you can spare a voluntary hour and come along to promote yourselves and what you do, inspire others to participate then we would love to hear from you.

We can help publicise your group, make your group part of this ‘special pool’ of creative providers at the market and open up further opportunities for you at local events.
You will be well looked after at the market with support staff, refreshments and other important facilities.
Let’s make Fleetwood healthier together! For further information contact Chris Wyatt at chris.wyatt@wyre.gov.uk or telephone 01253 887450

Ghoulish goings on this Halloween at Fleetwood Market

Hair raising HalloweenYoungsters are invited to join our creative crafters; Mary, Tom and Friends at their stall in the main hall at Fleetwood Market this hair-raising Halloween.

Visit cold blooded Catherine from 10am on Saturday 31 October for fiendish fun making haunting Halloween creations to take home.

Make dishcloths ghosts, hand-print spiders, origami bats and colourful monsters (all priced at £1.50 per activity with proceeds going to Children in Need).
From 27 – 31 October, become a Fleetwood Market Monster and use our props to upload a #marketmonstie selfie to our Facebook page. We’ll share them all, just post them to our page. (Props at Mary, Tom and friends).

Pop down, it’ll be ghoulishly great to see you all! There’ll be plenty of tricks and treats in store at the famous seaside shopping experience.

 


 

Fleetwood Market is open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, bank holidays and Tram Sunday from 9am – 4.30pm. Victoria/Adelaide Street, Fleetwood, FY7 6AE. Tel: 01253 887651.

Fleetwood Market gets crafty!

Craft fair facebook header eventOn Tuesday 23 June, Fleetwood Market will be staging a craft fair in the famous Main Hall from 9am – 4.30pm.

If crafts are your thing you’ll discover an exciting range of stalls selling hand made goods including handmade cards, knitted sweaters, earrings, paintings, cushion covers, hand painted plaques, gift tags Marquetry pictures, British wool tea cosies, mugs, hairbands, key rings, brooches and scarves to name but a few!

Entry is FREE so come a pay a visit to this exciting event held alongside the regular market. Call the market office for further details on 01253 887650.