Fun at the Big Tent
This year the Gloucestershire Traveller Education Service ran a Childrens' Tent at Stow Horse Fair. Children visiting Stow for the fair joined with pupils from Stow Primary School in art workshops where they made butterflies, puppets and wagons from scrap store materials. Artist Mark Clifford took the children into the field to make casts of their hands and feet which the children could take away. Another artist and a Traveller herself, Tracey Shough (Wild at Art) worked with children on a mural of the fair, complete with colourful trailers and horses. This mural, together with photographs taken on the day by photographer Nettie Edwards will form the main body of a travelling exhibition that can be loaned by schools and other organisations.
Although the main aim of the project was for the children to have fun, the tent also provided a meeting place for adults to sit with their children and pick up information from the Gypsy Council and Friends and Families of Travellers who had tables in the tent.
Much of the work undertaken by the Traveller Education Service echoes the concern of Travellers themselves: to increase in the settled community an awareness, knowledge and understanding of the cultural background of the Traveller community. It is hoped that the exhibition as well as the work on the day will further this aim. Many visitors commented upon the success of the tent and requested that it return to the fair. Funding has already been promised so - here's to next year!
The Traveller Education Service would like to thank NOF(Out of Hours Learning) and GLOSS (Gloucestershire’s Arts Education Agency ) for their funding and support.
For exhibition loan or further information contact Karen Steger on 01452 427262
Contact the artists involved:
Tracey Shough 07946815389
Mark Clifford 01452 813364
Nettie Edwards, photographer 01242 255740
Karen Steger met another artist at the fair ... Colin Dick, who has been recording Traveller culture in sketches for more than 50 years ... find out more about him and his art here ...
iRespect.net is an education resource for the development of positive tolerance - find out more...