Can you help find The Missing Patch?

HOT on the heels of Mossley-based Global Grooves’ Vale Live initiative comes The Missing Patch, an arts project designed for participation while under Covid-19 pandemic lockdown.

The artist-led carnival arts organisation is asking residents of Tameside – and, of course, the wider world – to help find The Missing Patch.

A hot air balloon has come down in Tameside. A man is desperate to get to Rio in time for carnival.

‘Questions, questions! We don’t have time for questions! Can’t you just get me a new patch? Then I’ll be in Rio in no time!’

‘Okay,’ I said. ‘I’ve got some friends that can help.’

Can you help?

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Funded in part by Action Together, Jigsaw Housing and Greater Manchester Combined Authority, participants have three ways to get involved in The Missing Patch:

  1. Request a batik patch kit

Global Grooves will send participants a kit containing fabric, wax, dye and instructions to make their very own batik patch. Completed patches will be sent back to Global Grooves using the enclosed self-addressed envelope and will be collated to create a hot air balloon skin – or envelope, as they are technically called – ready for carnival.

  1. Scan a picture of your own creation

For those participants that do not fancy batiking but do want to get involved, Global Grooves is looking for beautiful designs that can be scanned in and emailed for printing onto fabric. Using a dinner plate as a template – any size welcome! – participants can design and decorate their patch with any materials they choose.

  1. Don’t fancy making something?

Global Grooves also wants writers to get involved, sending poems and short stories for inclusion in a digital book. The prompt is simply: what happens next? How does the strange man get hold of his missing patch? What happens to the characters in the story? Does the balloon make its way from Tameside to Rio in time for carnival? What happens along the way?

And when the missing patch is found?

Once social distancing measures are removed and life can go back to normal, Global Grooves’ in-house artists will be stitching together all returned fabric patches to create a life-size hot air balloon – basket and all – which will appear at a future community event, while submitted creative writing will be edited into a digital book for everyone to enjoy online.

For more details about how people can get involved, and to upload creations, please visit

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