Story of Parks partnered with Leicester Print Workshop to run this innovative project to explore the history of some of the city’s parks in the spring of 2017. Two local community groups, Mothers Unite, a support group for women who are living apart from their children, and Network for Change, a social enterprise assisting adults with mental health issues took part, as well as Moat Community College, a school in Highfields.
Each group started with with a session at Leicester Print Workshop, followed by accompanied visits to look at the historical features of a local park. The visits provided inspiration for the groups to produce their own individual prints and each group also designed a collaborative print that was then used to make a postcard celebrating the heritage of each park.
The project also included drop-in printmaking workshops at the Riverside Festival in June 2017 where a collaborative themed around Bede Park was made. The success of the project was built upon with further community groups participating in two more rounds of the project.