DATES & TIMES
19 August 2021 @ 10:30 am - 19 August 2021 @ 2:15 pm
The Piece Hall
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Fantastical Flying Machines Workshop
Discover the curious true story of the first ever hot air balloon flight with author Moira Benoit who will read her fantastic children’s book ‘Rooso Takes to the Sky’ with a touch of performance and costume. Follow in the footsteps of inventor Joseph-Michel and join illustrator Louis Benoit in designing and drawing your very own fantastical flying machine!
On leaving Glasgow School of Art, Moira followed a career in theatre design, and while researching for a play for children she came across a series of interesting and amusing true events leading to the first hot air balloon flight at Versailles in 1783. Ultimately it led to a rather wonderful, informative and funny book; Rooso Takes to the Sky. Moira has designed for Selfridges, Phoenix Dance Company, Northern Broadsides and The Wakefield Mystery Plays.
Louis was a finalist of The Guardian’s Young Cartoonist of the Year, 2017 and winner of The Hoffman Art Prize 2018. From a very young age it was obvious that Louis had an exceptional drawing ability, but found conventional schools never quite suited him. He was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at a late age and finds unique ways of expressing his ideas, humour and unusual view on things through drawing. He graduated from The Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in 2011 and has exhibited at The Artworks, Halifax, The Artsmill, Hebden Bridge, Gallery on the Corner, Edinburgh, and The Stafford Gallery, London. His animated film Goat on a Scooter, gained critical acclaim at film festivals worldwide including Krakow, Orlando, Rome and Birmingham.
Workshops lasts 1 hour and 15 minutes and take place at 10.30am and 1pm.
Children must be accompanied by an adult. Suitable for ages 6+.BOOK NOW