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Isle of Stories Festival 2017: AWA WORKSHOPS

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The Isle of Stories weekend was humming with activities for all ages from Shakespeare on the Beach to a massive community lunch at the Community Village Hall. As part of the Festival Team we were delighted to welcome visitors and families from all over Kintyre and further afield. Achamore Gardens provided a beautiful site for AWA's curated line up for Isle of Stories Festival 2017 with storytelling sessions and workshops by Storytellers Amanda Edmiston and Eric Brennan in the Walled Garden and Botanical inspired arts sessions with AWA in the the Gardens Education Hut. 

AWA would like to say a huge thank you to all those who helped make the Festival possible; the staff, parents and children of Isle of Gigha School, Achamore Gardens Staff and our wonderful storytellers! We are delighted to announce that we helped the Isle of Gigha School Parent Council raise £854.75 for the Isle of Gigha School Fund. Isle of Stories Festival was brought to you by Isle of Gigha School, Amy Wilson Arts, Achamore Gardens and the Scottish Book Trust. 

 AWA: Family Workshops

Inspired by the magnificent gardens of Achamore, AWA ran Drop In Workshops for all ages in printmaking and natural crafts. Participants work was exhibited in the Achamore Garden, Education Hut over the festival period. Check out our workshop highlights below > 

Isle of Stories Festival 2017: AWA WORKSHOPS

On Sunday the 28th of MAY, AWA will be running arts workshops in Achamore Gardens on the Isle of Gigha for Isle of Stories Festival 2017. Isle of Stories is a collection of creative encounters and opportunities for storytelling, story making and story sharing. Join us this MAY for Isle of Stories Festival 2017!

Our workshops are inspired by the mysterious and exotic plants and woodlands that make up this marvellous island garden. AWA will join a line up of fantastic storytellers, makers and creatives. All our workshops are free and are suitable for all ages and abilities. The Isle of Stories Festival is brought you by Isle of Gigha School, Achamore Gardens Trust and the Scottish Book Trust. 


 Family Workshops with AWA

Inspired by the magnificent gardens of Achamore, AWA will be running Drop in Workshops for all ages in printmaking and natural crafts through out the day on Sunday. Participants work with be exhibited in the Achamore Garden, Education Hut over the festival period. Check out our workshops below > 

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Inspired by the amazing range of exotic plants, booming colours and wild patterns at Achamore Gardens, this drop in workshop will give you the opportunity to be inspired by nature and create your own handmade print. 

This workshop will teach skills in collage, relief print and mark making. 

Admission Free: Drop in 

Session Times: 11:00am  - 1.00pm 

Session length:  2 hours 



Collect your Journey Stick from the Hut and set off on a wild trail through the Achamore Woodlands. Mark your journey by collecting the unexpected, the small and unexplained, the colourful, the squishy, the weird, the wonderful. Capture your findings with spindly threads. Look High! Look Low! and Watch Out! Who knows what mysteries you might discover! 

Admission Free: Drop in 

Session Times: 2:30 - 4:00pm  

Session length:  1 hour 30 min 


see full Line up below and Visit Achamore Gardens online to find out more!


AWA's Learning Programme for 2017 launched in March with the start of our Spring Workshops Season.  


Our Spring Season Workshops are inspired by the Earth Charter, a universal expression of ethical principles to foster a more sustainable future. As part of our learning programme these workshops will be the first in a series which will introduce students aged 5 -11 to key Ecoliteracy concepts through placed based learning adventures. AWA is delighted to be partnering with Isle of Gigha Primary School to facilitate the start of this new workshop series. 

Our first workshop introduced the process of decomposition to students through a costal Litter Hunt and a group drawing session. The second half of this workshop explored plastics in the marine environment through global and local case studies and the creation of collage works by students.  

Our Systems Thinking Workshop centred around a coastal expedition where students identified and gathered living things. Group drawings at our beach lab introduced the concept of ecosystems and gave the opportunity for students to express and explore the relationships between living things, their environment and human beings. A huge thank you to Amrutha Krishna R, Annabelle Action-Bond, Victor Okechukwu from Earth Charter International's Ethics, Leadership and Sustainability Programme 2017 and Sarah Dobson from Earth Charter International for their input and support for this workshop. 


AWA's workshops change from season to season.  To find out more about our other workshops and our 2017 Learning Programme visit our learning pageYou can also sign up to our news letter for updates on all our learning services through out the year and stay connected with live updates via our social media.