Taking Shape is the latest exhibition in our gallery space at 44 King Street, running until the 24th of October, and is the follow up to last year’s successful ‘Off the Grid’ project. ‘Off the Grid’ was the brainchild of George Connell, designed in collaboration with Creative Stirling and artist Paul McDonald and was a huge success, engaging local children and families to learn about maths in a creative new way. This new exhibition and workshop program for 2021 celebrates George’s legacy.
‘Taking Shape’ is designed to be an interactive exhibition containing a range of activities that participants can come and take part in using a range of materials. The unique kits and workshop plans have all been created by George with the exhibition curated by Creative Stirling’s community development team in collaboration with George’s family and local artist Paul McDonald.
Playing with simple shapes such as hexagons, triangles and squares to create complex patterns, the design and pattern focuses on a different aspect of building shape and fractions. Visitors to the exhibition and workshops will experience George’s developed shape and grid kits, magformers, nets, tetrahedrons and tangrams.
Huge thank you to all of our brilliant teachers and volunteers who have helped Sam in delivering our creative workshops for local children and families so far. To maths teachers Karen from Stirling High School, Helen McNair from Bo’ness Academy, local maths enthusiast Diana and our super volunteers Jade Brawley and Amber Young, thank you for making the project a huge success, and we can’t wait to deliver another four next week.
A special thank you goes especially to Lesley Mitchell (George’s daughter) and his family for collaborating with us to develop this interactive exhibition and workshops, and allow us to help continue George’s legacy for many more children to enjoy and learn.
Our workshops so far have been a huge success with kids of all ages attending to learn about symmetry, fractions, pattern and shape and have lots of fun! We even learned a thing or two from one of our young attendants, who was able to name every single shape hanging in the gallery- with the Rhombicosidodecahedron being crowned as the “King of the Archimedean Solids”.
Our workshops will continue next week during the October Holidays, with workshops running on the following days –
Monday 11th October 11:00-12:00
Wednesday 13th October 11:00-12:00
Wednesday 13th October 13:00-14:00
Thursday 14th October 11:00-12:00
Book your free space here: https://madeinstirlingstore.com/shop/p/taking-shape-creative-maths-workshops-october-holiday-workshops
That’s not all that’s happening during the October holidays… we also have free guitar lessons and photography workshops running. More info on both of them as well as links to book can be found below: