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04 July 2012 

PhotobucketThe New Ferry Butterfly Park Comma Project (an empty shops initiative funded by Wirral Council) is based on Bebington Road in the old Runners Sports shop. It was opened at the end of April by Harriet Harman MP and has grown in popularity since then and is funded until mid September 2012.

It is a non profit making venture to engage the local community in nature via art. So far 4 artists have been in residence within the space, making work and providing free art workshops.

Each month a showcase evening is held for the local community to see what the artist has been working on that month. Visitor numbers have increased both in the shop and in the butterfly park itself as a result of the project, with many new people coming into the area to join in.

Each project has been very different to the next from eco-poetics to paper tree de-forestation, painting on stones to the current artist making seed bombs, bugs and badges and teaching how to be creative with planting. Each project has been increasingly busier with more people learning about the shop as time goes on, it'd be great in the time remaining to get even more people taking part and engaging with art and nature and learning about the Butterfly Park in the process. There are still plenty of workshops and events in the diary to join in with or anyone is welcome to just pop into the shop for a cup of tea and a chat.

Comma Project Forthcoming Workshops and Open Evenings:

Sunday 15th July - 11-4pm: Iain Broadley workshop (graffiti gardening– Moss painting) (booking required)

Thursday 19th July - 5-8pm: Iain Broadley Open Studio evening with refreshments

Saturday 28th July - Pam Sullivan children’s workshops, 10am-12pm then 1-2pm drop in.

Wednesday 1st August - Replica Taxidermy workshops with Malcolm Eleen, 2-4pm and 5-7pm (drop in)

Wednesday 8th August – 6-8pm: Pamela Sullivan evening workshop (adults only) making origami butterflies. (booking required)

Saturday 11th August - 10-12pm: Kids quilling workshop (paper art) (drop in)

Saturday 11th August - 1-4pm: Adults quilling workshops (booking required)

Thursday 16th August - Pamela Sullivan Open Studio evening with refreshments 5-8pm

Saturday 25th August - 11-4pm: Sarah Jane Richards + Anna Ketskemety workshop painting on found objects (booking required)

Saturday 8th September - 11-4pm: Sarah + Anna workshop painting on found objects (booking required)

Thursday 13th September - Sarah + Anna Open Studio evening with refreshments 5-8pm.

Book via or pop into the shop