Sarah Morris, a textile student from Cardiff Metropolitan University, was chosen as a REEP Scholar to take part in the design of the Sensory Garden at OAPAM School for the Blind in Marrakesh as part of last month's Shore to Shore Festival.
As well as providing lots of colourful ideas for the garden, Sarah was interested in many other parts of the event, especially the music. In fact it inspired her to write her own song and video.
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and see her take on the gardens at Cadi Ayyed and OAPAM, El Jadida College, the opening parade in Essaouira and other recreations of the atmosphere of the project.
Two 2nd year students from Cardiff Metropolitan University's Fine Art department have been chosen to join this year's Shore to Shore team. They will be particularly involved with the sensory garden being created by REEP with the British Moroccan Society for OAPAM, the school for the blind and visually handicapped in Marrakesh. But they will also have a chance to take part in the wider project, using their skills wherever needed.
The students were part of a study group visiting Marrakesh from Cardiff who came to see the garden site at OAPAM while REEP members were planning the gardens there. A couple of days after the first visit most of the group returned to run art workshops with the children and the dazzling creative ideas they came up with could be seen in the entries for the Shoe to Shore experience. Congratulations to the winners and also to the other students who made very impressive applications.
REEP is delighted to announce that three young National Trust gardeners will be joining us in Morocco for Shore to Shore 2014: Deanne Lewis, from Montacute House in Somerset, Rhiannon Harris, from Chartwell in Kent, and Robert Wiskin, from Blickling Hall in Norfolk.
They will be spending time with us in March and April to complete the three gardens we have planned for this year. REEP would like to thank The Martin McLaren Memorial Trust for providing bursaries for the young gardeners to take part, and Mike Calnan, Head of Parks and Gardens at the National Trust, for his help in the selection process.
During a meeting in Essaouira last week, Monsieur Andre Azoulay, native of Essaouira, champion of interfaith relations and counsellor to His Majesty King Mohammed VI, welcomed the Shore to Shore project and has very kindly agreed to become its first Patron.
Most of February and March were taken up with the latest edition of our Moroccan project. For a taste of a new way to 'Contemplate - Co-operate - Create', see the special SHORE TO SHORE edition of REEP's newsletter. REEP Newsletter Spring 2012
We have started the next stage of our adventure. On Monday (20th February) we held a performance in St Mark's Church, Regent's Park, with our Soufi friends who managed to dash across - after an initial visa mixup. They are now back in Essaouira preparing for the next stage. Which is where the rest of us are heading now. Watch this space.
Meanwhile, you can see Kevin Quarmby's review on the events site RemoteGoat.