Help this top artist create a half-term masterpiece in free Leeds workshop

Discover the artist in you, by making cardboard birds in a half-term workshop at Victoria Leeds.
Cardboard car created by artist Chris GilmourCardboard car created by artist Chris Gilmour
Cardboard car created by artist Chris Gilmour

Artist Chris Gilmour will host the workshop to create an epic structure made entirely from cardboard. He will encourage shoppers to create cardboard birds to feed into his overall masterpiece, to be displayed in the arcade.

The workshop is open February 21 and 22 from 11am to 4pm and is free to both adults and children.

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Chris Gilmour is recognised worldwide for his unique talents. His first sculpture was a Vespa which catapulted him on to the Italian art scene. He continued to work overseas and achieved global fame when a rock legend bought his cardboard guitar.

During his postgraduate studies, the BSE outbreak in the UK prompted Chris’s aunt – who hails from Leeds – to comment on the lack of cows in local fields, which led to him creating one of his biggest artworks, a herd of cardboard cows.

Jo Coburn, general manager at Victoria Leeds, said: “This is going to be a really marvellous event to witness. It’s fantastic to be working with Chris to see how he’s being sustainable in his approach to art.”

Chris Gilmour added: “I think cardboard is a fantastic material, it’s easy to use and you can find it anywhere. With just a few simple tools and techniques it’s possible to make just about anything.

“I’m very excited to see the creativity and imagination the participants will bring to this art installation, and I hope they go away inspired to try making things at home too.”

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