Expressions creative arts festival brings outdoors inside

Expressions, the creative arts festival run by Milestones Trust, is back for its fourth year of stunning installations, surprising art and sensory stimulation. From April, the outdoors is brought inside in a fabulous landscape of interactive art.

Date: Saturday 13 April – Sunday 21 April 2013
Time: 10.30am – 6pm
Venue: The Paintworks, Bath Road, Bristol BS4 3EH
Entry is free.

Milestones Trust’s service users will be working alongside professional artists in the run up to the event, to bring the outside in, creating an indoor garden fete, secret garden, park and much more.

Enter the exhibition through the craft marquee, bush-whack your way through the enchanted forest of hanging trees, follow the needle-felt sculpture trail, brave the spooky graffiti tunnel and be rewarded by the beauty of the secret garden with its knitted plants. Make birds, flowers and tiny boats to sail down the stream and into the park pond, where you will find an outdoor café, games and a bandstand.

The first weekend of the festival will be packed full of workshops and exhibition talks. You can try needle-felting, knitting, photography, drawing, electronic music-making and much more.

Visit www.milestonestrust.org.uk/expressions to see the week-long programme of events nearer the time.

Join us with a playful mind for the most inclusive arts event of the year.  knitted green veg_webuploadknitted fruit_webupload

Contact 0117 970 9300 or info@milestonestrust.org.uk

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Bristol Arts in Health Forum awarded funding to set up creative networking events

Bristol Arts in Health Forum (BAHF) has been awarded £2,000 by Bristol City Council to set up a series of evening events for arts and health practitioners in Bristol.

The arts and health creative networking evenings will be open to all arts and health practitioners, artists, and health and social care professionals in Bristol. It will be linked to and managed by BAHF. It will meet quarterly in venues hosted by BAHF members and other health and arts organisations across Bristol.

Evening meetings will centre on a creative activity delivered by a Bristol artist, followed by informal networking. The format is designed to showcase the work of creative practitioners to potential commissioners, while also enabling arts and health practitioners to be participants, thus giving them an opportunity to experience the benefits for themselves.

Discussion will be facilitated with the aim of sharing information, ideas, and best practice.

As well as enabling the development of collaborations and partnerships which will be central to the success and survival of the sector, the events will encourage people to get to know each other, and become more involved with BAHF.

If you would like to hear more about these networking events, sign up to this blog where we will post further details once they are launched.