Pigs Bladder Football


This article was written on 26 Jun 2011, and is filled under 2011, Workshop.

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Pigs Bladder Football – Hands-on Workshop

Cumbrian locals are invited to take part in an unusual experimental workshop, making footballs the way they used to be made, from pigs bladders!

Artist, John O’Shea will provide men, women and children with the training and materials to work hands-on with actual pigs bladders (by-products of animal slaughter) transforming these natural organic balloons into bespoke, customised footballs – each one unique.  In this process, the origins of our national game will be considered from multiple perspectives and our 21st century attitudes to sport and play will be discussed and explored.  We hope that, through consideration of these “organic bladder balls” new games can be invented, proposed and tested.

Each pigs bladder football produced will be photographed for an exhibition in Liverpool in October as part of ABANDON NORMAL DEVICES festival.

As well as the hands-on activity, we will be showing a special advance preview of a new short film “Uppies and Downies” (by Tim Brunsden and John O’Shea) which documents the Workington mob football tradition.  This will be introduced by Joe Clark – Uppies and Downies stalwart and 2011 player of the series.
Date: Saturday 23rd of July 2011
Time: 11.30am – 4pm
Location: Florence Mine, Egremont, Cumbria, CA22 2NR

The event is FREE and open to all ages, however places are limited, so please register before: http://pigsbladderworkshop.eventbrite.com/
For more information contact Florence Mine on 01946821914 or contact@pigsbladderfootball.com

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