Monday, 14 February 2011

Thanks for checking out our website.
We're sorry to announce that we're not able to take any more bookings for this academic year. We've been inundated with enquiries for projects all over the country and simply cannot manage any more alongside other work and study commitments.
Both Tim and I are doing postgraduate courses in the arts and education with the ultimate aim of developing The Big Art People into something even better. But rest assured that we'll be back in September with a brand new website and some big new ideas.

In the meantime you can see what I've up to at the University of Manchester's Centre for Arts Management and Cultural Policy. Also check out the BUGS project that I helped to set up with Folly in Lancaster; Chorlton Arts Festival; and Project '81.
And do get in touch with our friends Darkfire Education who run digital media projects in primary and secondary schools.

Thanks again,
Jim Ralley
(Director, The Big Art People)

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Saturday, 27 November 2010

A Kid-less Project

The Kids' Cookery School (@KidsCookerySch) recently employed my illustration skills to liven up their information boards.
They are a great little charity who teach children all over London some basic cooking techniques, and what is healthy and what is not.
Below are some before and after pictures of the boards. Delightful.

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Space Craft...get it?

Yet another successful set of craft sessions at South Staffs libraries.
This time we hit Codsall, Perton, Cheslyn Hay, Great Wryley, Wombourne, Kinver, Brewood, and Penkridge.

I'll leave you with the pictures :)

Sunday, 18 July 2010

Multicultural Mural

Brand new Big Artist, Natalie Gore has spent the last eight days working at St. Stephen's School in Wolverhampton producing this wonderful mural.

She spent the first two days planning and designing with the children, then battled through last week's rain to transfer it onto their once-bare wall.

Each panel takes a different country as its subject, featuring that country's flag, skyline, and animal.

We think she's done an incredible job. Have a peek below and see for yourself.

Thursday, 1 July 2010

¡El Gran Picasso Fracaso!

Not really. It was a great success.
Shortly before nipping over to the 2010 Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts I ran a one-day project at Shebbear College down in sunny Devon.

I had 24 Y9 pupils at my disposal, and put them to work recreating three of Pablo Picasso's masterpieces.

Weeping Woman (1937)

Girl Before a Mirror (1932)

Nude and Still Life (1931)

To break up the day we also did some Art Attack-style big art, out on the school field.

And had a go at GIANT pictionary.

Friday, 21 May 2010

Those Were The Days

Just found this relic as I was cleaning out my hard drive.
It's the video from our first ever official Big Art People Project, way back in November 2008.

My my, look how far we've come!