This is our last year of community events for Cold-blooded and Spineless. The final year promises to be the most celebratory yet. This will launch with two special family shows of ‘Six Legs’ an interactive and original theatre show for 4-7 year olds at the TCR Hub in Barnard Castle. The show has been adapted to include special invertebrates of the North Pennines. This is the first time the show will be open to the general public and will include a bug hunt in the grounds of the Hub. For more information and to book, please go to our events page.
Our focus for 2019 will be in Teesdale, with two iconic installations planned for in and around the grounds of Bowlees Visitor Centre. An art exhibition celebrating the best of professional and amateur impressions of the mystical invertebrate kingdom of the North Pennines will run in September at the centre and we will all convene there to share in the projects achievements on Saturday 5th October at a special Bug Ball.
Arts and Science
Working with schools located in and around the North Pennines, we run curriculum-linked activities in arts and science. These activities highlight the value of invertebrates and showcase those found in upland habitats. Each year an art installation and trail will be created to help communities share this learning with local people and visitors.
In 2018 Cap a Pie theatre company brought their ‘Six Legs’ show to schools in Weardale, uncovering the wonderful world of invertebrates. Schools taking part helped create a mini beast trail called Bug Corner at the Durham Dales Centre. You can now enjoy the trail and see the impressive iron work grasshopper sculpture created by Durham artist G Hopper!
Watch the fantastic film of our community work in Allenheads in 2017, showing the experiences of the school children and artists involved in creating the wonderful trail.
Derwent Reservoir was our focus for 2016. We invited Slaley First and Wolsingham Secondary Schools to discover the invertebrate world in and around the reservoir. They created mosaic features as part of the creepy crawl trail.
In 2015 we worked with pupils from Teesdale Comprehensive and artist Peter Graham, the programme culminated in the installation of four beautiful stone sculptures within the drystone walls alongside the River Tees at Low Force. The sculptures depict the adult and juvenile stages of the mayfly and stonefly, both important and characteristic invertebrates of upland rivers like the Tees. Why not take a walk along the Pennine Way upstream of Low Force to see if you can find them? There are also slate slabs in place at Bowlees Vistor Centre, from where you can start your adventure.
Cold-blooded and Spineless bug trolley for loan! Calling all schools, community groups and little naturalists, we are offering a free two week loan of our bug trolley which is kitted out with everything you need to hunt, discover and record the little creatures lurking in the undergrowth, in ponds and under stones. It’s handy for taking out to any location and includes resources to run fun, educational activities for groups. For more information and to book email email@example.com.
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