Volunteers play crucial role in organisation

THE Art in the Park concept was born four years ago, when Rohanna Heller was working for another community arts project, and volunteering has always been at the heart of it.

Monday, 15th October 2007, 2:23 pm

It ran as a completely voluntary organisation for two years before any members of staff could be paid – until funding was received from the Arts Council.

Its continued existence is now dependent on other sources of funding and staff are keen to work with organisations around the city.

Throughout the year it runs a wide range of events all designed to get people exploring the urban environment and working together.

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One of its most popular events this year was Jurassic Park where everyone was given the chance to create clay dinosaur heads and photograph their work in the setting of Philadelphia Green Space on Fox Street in Upperthorpe.

They were then given the chance to add colour to their prehistoric creations and watch their transformation as they were fired in a Raku kiln.

Making Tracks inspired people to use their senses and follow a carefully laid trail around the park before making giant footprints in clay.

Circus activities, painting with easels, chalking and free food are always on offer too and some participants are so keen on the scheme they turn up and join in wherever an event is being held.

Art In The Park’s driving force is a team of just two part-time workers – backed by volunteers – and they are eager to get in touch with businesses, community groups, individuals or organisations who might be able to help out with the organisation.

To get involved, offer sponsorship or find out more, visit www.artinthepark.org.uk, email [email protected] or call 0114 2686813.