Stuff of Life and a mountain of donated goods. What next?

The Stuff of Life Festival

 Where else can you wander into someone’s back garden and stumble across a poetry stage, with rows of eager listeners perched upon pews? Is there anywhere else that you can expect to see a human fruit machine casually gambling away your pennies for prizes? Where on EARTH can you find giant paper mache vegetables and watch as they parade around the block on the shoulders of a live band and Morris Dance troupe? Without a doubt, the Stuff of Life Festival is one of the highlights of the year for plenty of people living in Sherwood Rise and the surrounding areas.  We are so lucky to have such a wonderful group of people, brought together by shared interests and values, who choose to put on such a fantastic, free, family friendly, community event. Huge thanks to everyone involved and to everyone who attended. Here are some photos collected from the Stuff of Life group on facebook.

(Credits to photographers in the captions.)


11928718_10153237478168843_2088707592937250813_n11960083_10153237479353843_8066489699236835997_n Paper mache Harvest sculptures and a busy park, parading perfection and child shaped smiles – Photos by LL

Roy Mccready-photography‎

Roy Mccready-photography‎

Mike Peverill

Mike Peverill

Jared Mark Wilson

Jared Mark Wilson

Mike Peverill

Mike Peverill

A mountain of donated goods for the Refugee Crisis

A HUGE thank you to everyone who donated to our Refugee Collection point. There was a LOT of generosity from Stuff go-ers who donated in total:

20 + tents, 25+ sleeping bags, 30+ blankets, lots of shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant and soap. A large amount of clothes, shoes and coats and lots more. We were inundated with donations and managed to fill not only my living room, but half of a garage too!

I want to make a special thank you to Jane and Julian for helping us with transport and storage. Your help has been hugely appreciated.

The donations have now been taken to Muslim Hands on Gregory Boulevard, who are working with a number of different organisations (including Calais Action) to ensure that the goods get out to where they are needed. As I arrived to donate our two cars full of bags, I was blown away to see such a large space so full of different items, all in the midst of being sorted and packaged to be on its way.

*** Muslim Hands in now CLOSED to donations until they have distributed some of the stuff they already have***


What next?

Celebrate ‘Mad Pride’ with us at Carnival MAD 15

Saturday 10th October


9.30am – 5.30pm

A day of madness, mayhem and merriment brought to you by Making Waves, Open Futures, The MollyQueen Collective, Nottingham Trent University and The Institute of Mental Health.

Attend the FREE Conference by booking your tickets in advance, or pop by as a voyeur to view our interactive exhibition, sample the live busking and peruse the Mini Marvellous Market…

Check back here very soon for updates, sneak peeks and more…

This is what is next for us...

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About themollyqueen

Mollyqueen collective are a Nottingham based Artist collective who work through a range of different mediums. We host regular Marvellous Markets and Night markets offering the opportunity for everyone to express their creativity, create a platform for selling their work and meet lots of other like-minded people. Our events incorporate live music, food, art, creativity and the social aspect of a community with the aim of opening up the world of art to everyone and emphasising the importance of self expression in our daily lives.
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