Verd de gris celebrate culmination of six-month project

Storyman Verd De Gris at Square Chapel 1st December 2015
Storyman Verd De Gris at Square Chapel 1st December 2015
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Creative arts company verd de gris celebrated the end of their Story Man project with a special performance at Square Chapel.

The award-winning group has been helping young people from local primary schools learn more about the history and nature of migration in specially-designed workshops.

Storyman Verd De Gris at Square Chapel 1st December 2015

Storyman Verd De Gris at Square Chapel 1st December 2015

Eight local primary schools have been involved in the project, which weaves together the memories of local Pakistani Elders to create a workshop that explores the issue of migration.

With help from storyteller Peter Findlay and dance artist Natalie Speake, the workshops draw on reminiscence from Elders from the local Pakistani community about their journey to the UK more than 40 years ago and how they worked to establish their own community.

All the participants on the project were brought together for the performance in front of guests including the Deputy Mayor of Calderdale, Ferman Ali, and Pavel Botos, representing the Roma community in Halifax, Robin Tuddenham, director of communities at Calderdale Council, Muslim Elders, students and staff from Calderdale College and children from schools across the borough.

Jeff Turner, who runs verd de gris with his partner Sharon Marsden, said: “The aim of this programme is to use arts and creativity to bring communities and generations together, to share and learn from each other.

Storyman Verd De Gris at Square Chapel 1st December 2015

Storyman Verd De Gris at Square Chapel 1st December 2015

“It was a wonderful event, and thanks to Square Chapel for hosting a really special day.”

Story Man is a six-month community arts project delivered by verd de gris as part of the Creative Communities partnership programme, a project delivered in partnership by Square Chapel, verd de gris Ltd and Orangebox young people’s centre. It is supported with funding from the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund.

Storyman project by Verd de Gris 1st December 2015

Storyman project by Verd de Gris 1st December 2015

Storyman Verd De Gris at Square Chapel 1st December 2015

Storyman Verd De Gris at Square Chapel 1st December 2015

Storyman Verd De Gris at Square Chapel 1st December 2015

Storyman Verd De Gris at Square Chapel 1st December 2015