Wednesday, 30 May 2012

"Looking at the stars always makes me dream..."

Starry Night:  Vincent van Gogh

June 1889:  oil on canvas:  29 x 361/4" (73.7 x 92.1 cm)

"Looking at the stars always makes me dream..." 

“When I have a terrible need of… religion… then I go out and paint the stars.” 

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

“It’s an ambitious, celebratory project and everyone can take part regardless of age or drawing ability!”

Press Release
All enquiries to;
Projects Director,
Circles of Light – Fylde

Circles of Light-Fylde brings the Big Draw to Fylde

Lottery money enables award winning, local artist to bring an even bigger Big Draw project to Fylde

St Annes artist, Christine Stringfellow has been granted nearly £10,000 of Lottery money through Grants for the Arts to delivery 44 Big Draw sessions across Fylde this summer.  2,012 drawings of “something you love” will be brought together later in the year to make two, walk-through artist’s interventions, one in Kirkham and one in Lytham St Annes.  The Lottery money will also pay for work experience and training in project management for three early career artists. 

Artist and Project Manager, Christine says, “It’s a fantastic opportunity for everyone involved.  Everyone will benefit not least the more isolated communities of Fylde.”  “It’s an ambitious, celebratory project and everyone can take part regardless of age or drawing ability!”

Fylde Libraries and Mobile Library, Friends of Kirkham Parks and St Annes Music and Arts Festival are involved and talks are underway with Lancashire Arts Development Team to link with art activity planned during the Open Golf. 

for more information or to find a session near you visit


Lowther Gardens, Lytham, one of several exhibitions of award winning community project, “here, there & everywhere (The Big Draw in Fylde) 2003

[Won a Campaign for Drawing’s Drawing Inspiration Award, presented at the National Gallery, London]    

Monday, 28 May 2012

Big Draw - Fylde Libraries & Mobile Library - circles of light

be part of a BIG art installation
                DRAW at Fylde Libraries and nr the Mobile Library

FREE - suitable for everyone 
spend five minutes or longer with us to draw something you love...

20 Jun
2.00 - 2.20
Mobile Warton: Pickwick
4 Jul
11.30 - 12.05
Mobile Newton with Scales: PO Bryning Lane
1.00 - 3.30
Lund Village Hall
11.00 - 12.00
Mobile St Annes:
Highbury Rd E
3.15 -3.40
Mobile Wrea Green
12.00 - 12.30
Mobile Thistleton Lodge
3.10 - 3.30
Mobile Weeton:
Knowsley Cres
11.00 - 11.30
Mobile Clifton: Stanagate/ Preston Old Rd
2.30 - 4.30
Kirkham Library
1.30 - 4.00
Freckleton Library
10.00 - 12 noon
Ansdell Library
10.00 - 12 noon
Ansdell Library
11.00 - 3.00
St Annes Library
12.00 - 3.00
Lytham Library
4 Aug
11.00 - 3.00
St Annes Library
1.30 - 4.00
Freckleton Library
10.30 - 1.00
Kirkham Library
12.00 - 3.00
Lytham Library

all work will be shown in walk-through artist's interventions during October half-term

Saturday, 26 May 2012

work experience for two early career artists...

Workshop Assistants Wanted 
2 voluntary posts to help deliver

Circles of Light (The Big Draw in Fylde) 2012
Lottery funded through Grants for the Arts

Agreed reimbursement of out of pocket expenses plus CRB costs will be met by the project.

Person Specification
Willing to undergo CRB check
Flexible approach to working
Willing to engage with members of the public in diverse community settings
Enthusiasm for sharing creative skills
Enjoys being part of a pro-active team
Willing to follow workshop management procedures
A sense of fun and adventure!

Full Brief  email  

Circles of Light – Fylde, a not-for-profit enterprise
● presenting participant centred creative activities for all ages & abilities ●
● offering mentoring & work experience to artists & makers ●
working with clients to design & manage bespoke creative projects ●

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Circles of Light will be there, in a dome, in the Square...

We're part of St Annes Music and Arts Festival.

There will be craft stalls, exhibitions, a range of music at a variety of venues, street performers - allsorts.  If you're an artist, maker, musician, dancer, street performer or something you think might add to the festival do get in touch with .

Circles of Light will be there
in a dome, in the Square
so come and say hello
and of course... have a go.

Poets needed too! 

Friday, 18 May 2012 a free eBook...

Wow... what a week. 
We've been setting up Circles of Light (The Big Draw in Fylde) drop-in sessions for all Fylde's Libraries. 

Ansdell, Freckleton, Kirkham, Lytham and St Annes Libraries plus the mobile library will each host two sessions between 19th June and 25th August.

Watch this space...
Once all the dates are confirmed they will be posted here and on
circles of light - Fylde facebook page. 

The sessions are FREE and suitable for all ages and abilities.

I love libraries and try to make full use of all they offer.  Did you know you can now download a free eBook?  Check out

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

what a lovely bunch of people...

Kirkham Memorial Park

We made some new friends last night.  We were invited to meet Friends of Kirkham Parks to see how we might work together.  What a lovely bunch of people!
Plans are afoot... 
Friends of Kirkham Parks is a volunteer community group. Our aim is to create a holistic environment for play, leisure and community enjoyment that will encourage young & old people from Kirkham & Rural Fylde to participate locally.

Thursday, 10 May 2012

The Campaign for Drawing has one aim...

The Campaign for Drawing has one aim: to get everyone drawing. 

Circles of Light (The Big Draw in Fylde) 2012 wants to get everyone drawing too...  

During the summer of 2012, forty four workshops and drop-in activities will take place across Fylde.  Do come along to one or if you belong to a group email and you might be able to book your own. 

All the drawings made will become components of an artist's intervention which will go on display during October half-term to coincide with The Big Draw focus month.

News of our activities will be posted here.  Keep coming back to find what's happening, where we are next and our plans for October. 

our theme:  things you love

drawing made in Miss Seway's Class, California


Thursday, 3 May 2012

... even the ducks were sheltering!

Thank you to everyone who applied for the role of Project Assistant.  From over forty applications, I managed to make a shortlist and this fantastic four braved the weather and met me at Fairhaven Lake in my temporary office.  One day it was so wet even the ducks were sheltering!

All had different potential and different experience and skills to bring to the project but one stood out who, I'm pleased to say has agreed to join me in this year's adventure.  So at last, Circles of Light (The Big Draw in Fylde) 2012 can get into full swing.  

If you were unsuccessful this time, please don't be too disheartened, there will be more things happening and if you agree, I will hang on to your details and keep you informed of new opportunities as they arise. 

It's reassuring to know there's a lot of talented and enthusiastic early career artist our there which can only bode well for the future.  May all your creativity flourish.