Leicestershire-based international willow artist Tom Hare is building a major new piece of work in the city… and he wants local adults and children to help him design it.
The ‘Green Screen Project’ at Phoenix – Leicester’s independent cinema and art centre – is staging a free drop in session for families on Saturday 27 August between 11am and 4pm, as part of the City Festival.
Tom, who has exhibited all over the world, will be there to share his willow weaving skills, and is looking for creative ideas for the screen which will eventually stand nine feet tall and provide a striking border for the Phoenix Cafe Bar’s outdoor seating area.
Gardening experts will also be on hand on the day to talk about native species planting and community gardens.
Once the design has been finalised, members of the public will be invited to help Tom weave the screen on site later this summer.
The project has been awarded funding from Grow Wild, a £10.5m programme supported by the Big Lottery Fund and led by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, to inspire people to sow, grow and support UK native wild flowers and plants.
Phoenix project manager Sallie Varnam said: “Tom has been commissioned across the globe to produce his beautiful organic structures and Phoenix is delighted to be able to work with him on this exciting community project. We hope the project will bring a new dimension to the cultural quarter by adding a green space for people to enjoy.”