A mermaid tide is running…..

a Mermaid tide is running

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the events list – come on in for a paddle!

In the Water, detail

A swirl, a splash, the flap of a broad tail on the water or the silence where someone has vanished….we don’t see much of merfolk unless they want to be seen

A handsome pony stands on the bank of a highland stream, gleaming black and friendly, climb on my back, I like the company, I am safe, an easy gallop over the moors…Kelpies are notoriously tricksy shapechanging water folk

Kelpie, detail

 

Buxton Museum Mermaid

Rather wizened now, older than any of her visitors, her strange and marvellous features not quite as strange and marvellous as they once were but the Museum mermaid still has the power to fascinate and people come and stare. It doesn’t cost a penny any more to come and admire and the Boyd-Dawkins Room at Buxton Museum and Art Gallery is very different from the sideshow, freakshow tents where she started her career in show business, but the Museum Mermaid still draws her visitors…..

Water People enchant us: with their beauty or their power or their seductiveness or their danger or their grace and generosity – or with all of those at the same time. here in Buxton we are blessed with local stories of mermaids and water people (Blake Mere, Kinder Downfall, Redesmere) and with our own Arnemecta, the Goddess of the Waters

In celebration of the Museum mermaid, of the water people tales of the Peaks, of the water people stories from across our islands and of the spirit of water in general, we are organising a small festival.

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30th May – 1 st June

All events are free – for some of them booking is needed as spaces are limited

For all events, children 7 years old and less need to bring a grown-up with them (in case we have some hungry water creatures to feed)

The Land and the Sea, detail

THURSDAY 30TH MAY

1. Mermaids and monsters

Make a mermaid, a sea serpent, a fluttering sea horse or some wild and wonderful creatures no one has ever met before. Quick puppets of shimmering, sliding sea creatures with Gordon from Creeping Toad

Venue: Buxton Museum and Art Gallery* (venue details at foot of post)

Times: 2 – 4pm

Materials provided

No booking needed just drop by and join in – allow 30 minutes for the activity

FRIDAY 31ST MAY
2. Hand-made mermaids

Inspired by ‘The Buxton Mermaid’, recreate your own idea of this mythical creature, using a variety of art materials, then place her in your very own sea. A drop-in workshop with Artist and Educator Anna Spratt.

Venue: Green Man Gallery*

Times: 10.30 – 11.30am

Materials provided

No booking needed just drop by and join in

3. Interview with a Mermaid

Anita Jasso is a ‘professional’ mermaid, with a breath-hold of 5 minutes, who can free-dive to 40m. You may have seen her on the ITV drama, Butterfly. With mermaid clubs springing up all over the country, there has never been a better time to discuss this cultural phenomenon.

Venue: Green Man Gallery
Times: 12 noon – 1pm

No booking needed just arrive and listen with a smile

4. Mermaid CSI

How was she made? Where did the bits come from? Why did they make her? Solving the mystery of the mermaid! Listen to Conservator Anita Hollinshead reveal her research, after studying ‘The Buxton Mermaid’ for her MA in the Conservation of Historic Objects at the University of Lincoln.

Venue: Green Man Gallery

Times: 1.30 – 2.30pm

No booking needed just arrive and listen with a smile or maybe your best detective notebook….

5. Mermaid: the Movie

Former BAFTA Screenplay Judge, Rob Young, will give a one-hour crash course in how to write a movie. It’s Film School in an hour! A warm, witty and welcoming workshop in the craft of storytelling. Free, but booking essential.

Venue: Green Man Gallery

Times: 3 – 4pm

Places limited: booking through eventbrite

6. D E E P

The world premiere of a short story by award-winning writer Rob Young, inspired by The Buxton Mermaid and the ‘haunted’ pool at Blake Mere. D E E P tells the story of Jan, a Buxton boy who discovers that there’s something strange in the water. A darkly-comic urban fairy-tail for Young Adults (older adults welcome too). Performed by Buxton actress, Sarah Day.

Venue: Green Man Gallery

Times: 6 – 7pm

Places limited: booking through eventbrite

SATURDAY 1st JUNE

7. A Mermaid Museum

A Mermaid Museum: alternative mermaids, fierce mermaids, shark spirits and exhibitions: help us remember the origins of the Museum Mermaid by making our own Mermaid Museum

Venue: Buxton Museum and Art Gallery* (venue details at foot of post)

Times: 2 – 4pm

Materials provided

No booking needed just drop by and join in – allow 30 minutes for the activity

* Venues

Buxton Museum and Art Gallery

Terrace Rd

Buxton

SK17 6DA

01629 533540

Green Man Gallery

Hardwick Square South

Buxton

SK17 6PY

Buxton Museum and Art Gallery is 125 this year and to mark that anniversary, the BM125 project will bring together experienced with new and emerging artists with 12 months of artistic initiatives

Whale rider, detail

Illustrations on this blog are extracts from bigger pictures by some of our Water people artists!

  • In the Water and The Land and the Sea are by Ruth Evans
    Sea dancer is by Jo Thilwind – visit her work at Dreamspaceart on Facebook
    Kelpie is by Gordon MacLellan from Creeping Toad
    Feral Mermaid, photograph by Rob Young
    Whale Rider is by Maria Strutz

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