Healthy Arts is a not-for-profit consortium of freelance artists who work with the community around the themes of arts, heritage and wellbeing. There are several strands to the 12-month ‘Paper Birds’ project:
Paper Birds – An art exhibition consisting of 1000 origami paper cranes and 333 Japanese haiku poems that will grow month by month. Made by 1000 community participants of all ages, the crane has become a symbol of hope and healing.
Flying Shuttles – A dance / poetry performance and photography exhibition. Exploring the movement and migration of birds in Leigh’s flashes and green spaces and the role of slavery in the cotton trade and the protest supporting the anti-slavery movement. This element will promote closer communities in Leigh and explore shared knowledge of social histories and the natural history of birds’ migration paths.
Spitting Feathers – A series of intergenerational short films introducing older adults to young people to share their experiences around living and working in Leigh.
Spinning Stories – Storytelling and oral history project working with Year 6/7, creating fiction and performance inspired by Spitting Feathers. Encouraging young people to engage with the oral histories gathered in the wider community to create empathy and interest in the past and their future in Leigh and create a storytelling experience for their families.
Nests and Homes – Pottery and sculpture workshops exploring the birds and wildlife present along the canals and mill land. To learn new skills in something not readily accessible to our communities because of the expense. To increase interest in the exhibition to encourage repeat visitors.
A Launch Party event will take place on Thursday 9th June 2022 and the Final Exhibition will be programmed for Spring 2023.