I am actually lucky enough to have 2 Dads! a biological one and one of the step variety… both very different and very wonderful. Ginger Geoff is the inspiring, knowledge thirsty, life loving adventurous paternal Papa whom in my adult years I hardly see in person because he is either pushing biking over the Pyrenes, hiking up Scottish Mountains or dining out with his lovely wife in Luxembourg… living life to full - just as I would like him to do, we chat regularly and follow his travels on Facebook too! Then there is my kind, family focused, dog, garden and bargain loving step Dad, Colin, great to chill with watching Saturday Night telly. The problem with the pair of them is that they want for nothing; they need no more material processions, essentially it seems Dads don’t want anything thing! Therefore Father’s Day, birthdays and Christmas are a nightmare. I tried to seek out thoughtful gestures rather than wasteful big gifts that what get used.
As I chat about my 2 Dads to Amanda, another of Team TF, she recalls her Dad, unfortunately he passed away 10 years ago, so obviously there needs to be room at these times to think of significant humans too, talk about their impact on our lives and reminisce. We understand that you might not have that biological father, maybe your Mum is also Dad; perhaps it’s your Grandad, uncle or Dave next door who is significant to you… it’s not about the title, it’s the loving role they play in your life.
This led me to think about what we can offer at TF for the Dads, uncles, brothers or that special human who you want to celebrate Father’s Day with. We have 2 events you might be interested in. The Thoughtful Night Market 15th June 5-9pm, we have made sure there are stalls where you can buy that special token gift, including Crescent51, handmade wooden products, Durham Gin and High Arches, a cool local sock company with many other companies besides.
On Father’s Day itself we are hosting Pop up Papa. An exhibition were your families are the artists… inspired by the notion that we think Dads mostly love family time above anything else. We have a big empty gallery on that day crying out for a creative buzz, so why not make art/sculpture on the 16th June 11-pm & add your masterpiece to our community exhibition Pop up Papa. We are also putting a cool playlist together so if you want to contribute your Dads fav song let us know, a bit of Brit Pop goes down well! There will be a BBQ (depending on the weather), we are also in the process of seeking out the northeast best Pork pie, to make to most phenomenal ploughman’s. Whatever the weather it will be lush.
We have set up some audio description of all the artwork in our current exhibition entitled "Let's Discuss Disability"
The can be found on our YouTube channel you would like to find out more then please follow these links?
A while back we put a shout out to ask for your dollar to help us raise funds to replenish our sandpit. And do you what we raised £215.19!! Obvs a massive thank you. This enabled us to buy 2 tonne of sand… which we know the kids adore!
During our Sandpit Celebration yesterday the young humans could not get enough of sand play- paired with caravan banter they were having a whale of a time, even through the rain! Love this photo of Cillian and Isla playing the imaginary ice cream van game… priceless!
On the donating note we are in the process of curating a quirky exhibition over the 6 week school holidays called ART MEETS PLAY. Again we will be having a pot next to the till, so fling in your change, contribute coinage, nudge in a note perhaps! This will enable to us buying some innovative play equipment for the kids.