Procession workshops

Workshops for schools and community groups

How to get the most from joining in

ICONS OF ART’ is the theme for this year’s Carnival.

Participating in the procession down the Cowley Road, from The Plain to SS Mary & John Church, is a wonderful opportunity for schools and community groups to get creative and be part of the biggest and most culturally diverse annual community event in the County.

Getting involved provides an opportunity to learn new skills and explore different talents with your pupils; to involve pupils and their families in a significant multi-cultural festival, and celebrate your identities with pride.

We encourage all schools and community groups who are definitely committed or considering  participating to attend one of our workshops which will help you make the most out of the experience.

 Saturday 9th June 10am to 4pm

Dora Cohen Hall, Oxford Brookes University, Wheatley OX33 1HX

How to make carnival giants – large carnival structures for the road 


10.00–10.15        Refreshments, meet, greet & network    

10.15 –10.30      Looking at inspiration and design around the theme of  ‘Icons of Art’  with Procession Coordinator Simon Tipping

Individuals and group leaders can later discuss with Simon their ideas around ‘Icons of Art’ and how to action them for Carnival.   

 10.30 – 10.50      This year’s BlG procession   Simon Tipping – CRW Procession Coordinator

School support                        Lesley Williams – Oxford Extra Arts

 Looking at the challenges of design, storage and transport. (This year Cowley Road Works hopes to support schools and community groups with storage on the Cowley Road & transport the week leading up to carnival day)

 10.50 – 1.00        Let’s get making – part 1

How to make large sculptural structures for carnival. We will look at different construction methods and materials, how your processional structure is carried whether it’s carried by people or pushed on a trolley and how to animate you structure to entertain the crowd.

This is your chance to start making your large carnival processional structure so please bring your ideas, materials, trollies and helpers to make the most of the day.

1.00 – 1.30          Lunch: please bring food to share

1.30 – 3.30          Let’s get making – part 2

Please feel free to discuss your ideas before this workshop so that Simon can prepare to help with your making on the day.

Looking at materials and reassigning  household and industrial waste (all these activities are hands-on, providing skills development for those taking part)

3.30                     Start packing away resources pack & keeping a Carnival diary 

4.00                    Goodbye – enjoy the rest of the weekend!  

For more information contact

Lesley Williams      

07982 439 828

Simon Tipping                                 

07538 655 399

 Extra Dates

There is some demand for extra dates, if you are interested, please contact Simon or Lesley.

Cost per school/group for as many staff/volunteers as you wish.

£75 for each school attending a combination of any 2 workshops

(£100 if you have attended all 3)              

All three will be held at the Oxford Brookes University Wheatley site.

Schools/groups will be invoiced by Cowley Road Works after the event(s)

All participants  will receive a ‘How to make’ handbook.   Workshops are open to all

Please register with Simon Tipping, the producer of the prrocession and venues, and let him know how many members of staff/volunteers will attend    mobile : 07538 655 399 or Heather, our administrator

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