Critical Spaces at Kebele

The next Critical Spaces is happening on Thursday 12 September 2013, 6.30pm to 9pm.
Critical Spaces aims to support socially-engaged artists to meet regularly and informally to critically support each other. The initiative is a partnership between Hannah Hull and ixia public art think tank. If you are interested in finding out more or attending the meeting please visit http://criticalspaces.wordpress.com/
Kebele is an anarchist co-operative in Easton, Bristol. It is the epi-centre for social action in Bristol, and has a busy weekly programme of activities to improve people’s lives on a local and global level. It also houses an anarchist library full of inspiring books on social protest, art and activism.
Address: Kebele Community Co-operative, 14 Robertson Road, Easton, Bristol BS5 6JY. www.kebelecoop.org/?page_id=9
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Creative inspiration for people living with dementia

We all need a bit of creativity in our lives. The Napkin Project is a new initiative, just launched by Willis Newson which asks members of the public to use their skills to craft a beautiful object to help inspire people living with dementia. When is a napkin not a napkin? When it’s something to keep your hands busy. Or a bag. Or a vase. Or a memory aid. Intrigued? 

Find out more about the project and register to take part and embroider a napkin. Get those needles going!

http://thenapkinprojectblog.wordpress.com/

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Background

Over the past year Willis Newson has been working with two artists on art commissions for SaffronGardens, a new dementia care home being built by renowned provider of residential care, Brunelcare. One of the artists, Deirdre Nelson, noticed that residents were often fascinated by the textured edges of items.  For example, they would handle and explore objects such as the napkins they used at mealtimes.  A member of staff told her that one resident would join napkins together to carry her possessions around with her and that another used hers as a vase to hold flowers; in this way a napkin became more than just a napkin. This is where the Napkin Project began.

The Napkin Project has hundreds of plain napkins waiting for people’s creativity.  The public is being asked to register on the project’s blog and use their skills to embroider a unique and individual napkin.  A social media storm is being created around the project, and pictures and blog updates will be posted as the finished napkins flood in using Flickr, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter pages.  The finished napkins will be presented to the residents of SaffronGardens to help inspire them creatively. A number of practical craft workshops are also being held in Bristol as part of the project.

The Napkin Project is a collaborative project.  It is being run and managed by Willis Newson, specialist arts and health consultants based in Bristol.  The artist Deirdre Nelson, whose idea it was, is providing support and inspiration. Brunelcare and the staff and residents of Saffron Gardens will receive the finished napkins.  The project has been generously funded by Arts Council England and Bristol City Council.

Free 8-week arts course for women – call for referrals

This course is for women with a need for positive mental health support, at risk of offending and/or within the Criminal Justice System and is part of the Creativity Works Networks project. 

Referrals are being accepted for two courses, running at Rethink for women with mental health issues on Tuesday April 16th and Bristol Drugs Project for those/or at risk at being involved with the CJS, starting on Monday April 22nd.

Referrals Process:

Agencies please contact Deborah Aguirre Jones dj@creativityworks.org.uk

Further information about the Networks Project:

NETWORKS is a new Creativity Works project based in Bristol, working with professional artists to deliver courses of arts workshops for vulnerable women involved with the criminal justice system or facing mental health issues.

The networks course aims to support service users’ ‘recovery of self’ and self-development in a group setting. A range of creative activities tailored around participants’ interests will develop a range of skills, the ability to engage with others and an increased sense of wellbeing. The project also supports the integration of professional artists within partner settings.

Courses are run in parallel across five settings and are 8 weeks long. Project partners include: Teign Ward (a women’s medium secure unit), Eastwood Park prison (mother & baby unit), One 25 (reaches out to women trapped in street sex work), Rethink (women affected by mental illness), Bristol Drugs Project and cultural partners Arnolfini and Light Box.

A resource developed with participants will allow the sharing of artwork across the courses, creating connections and communications between the women. Visits are arranged to cultural centres in the city, allowing women to feel a stronger sense of community.

Creativity Works is a creative community development agency, delivering quality socially engaged and participatory arts projects. Further courses are being run later in the year. Please contact Deborah Aguirre Jones for further information: dj@creativityworks.org.uk

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.

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

Active Neighbourhood Transport Grants now available

A second round of Active Neighbourhoold transport grants, funded through Bristol’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) as part of its Active Neighbourhoods Programme, are now available. Apply by 29 March 2013 for projects that will be implemented before April 2015.

Grants are available from as little as £500 up to a maximum contribution of £100,000. The aim is to fund as many projects across the city as possible; so lower cost applications that demonstrate value for money are especially welcomed.

Sustainable travel is important for individuals, communities and the wider environment. On a personal level, it can help us take short journeys on foot or by bike, increasing our activity levels to benefit our health as well as saving us money. For communities it can increase the numbers of people out on the street, making the streets feels safer and encouraging use of local shops and facilities. On a wider level, sustainable travel travel aims to provide attractive options for young people, commuters and older people alike, as well as improving air and noise quality in our city.

Please feel free to circulate this opportunity to your networks as local community groups are encouraged to apply.  More information here: www.bristol.gov.uk/page/transport-and-streets/local-sustainable-transport-grants.

Major new project from Drastic Productions

The performance company Drastic Productions is looking for referrals for a major new performance and publishing project for 2013/14. Working in partnership with the Arnolfini and Tangent Books, the organisation is looking to work with a group of women with mental health issues.  A series of performance and multi-artform workshops will lead to the group commissioning a graphic novelist and creating a publication with associated exhibitions and events. The end result will be a high profile, professionally produced publication promoting positive images and stories of women’s real life struggles and achievements.

This is a FREE project, open to all who identify as women. It starts in March 2013 and ends with publication of the work in Dec 2014.

Drastic Productions is currently looking for referrals for this exciting venture. If you or anyone in your organisation would like to act as a referral agent for your clients, they’d love to hear from you. Either download and fill out the Referral Form or call 07748805674 to discuss further.

www.drasticproductions.co.uk

Bristol City Council Creative Seed Fund Deadline

This is a reminder that The Creative Seed Fund Deadline is this Friday 8th Feb at 4pm.

The Creative Seed Fund aims to support small Bristol-based creative projects.

Details about the fund and how to apply can be found at: http://www.bristol.gov.uk/page/leisure-and-culture/arts-and-culture-funding#jump-link-0

Artists wanted for creative workshops

Young healthwatch is holding an event  to engage with young people between 12-18 years so they can tell us what young healthwatch should look like and how it can work for them. The event will take place at The Station, Silver Street, Bristol BS1 2AG on Feb 13th 11-2pm.

As part of the event we want to offer some creative workshops. We are aiming for about 30 young people so are looking for 2 or 3 different activities to run from 12:30 – 2pm.  Funding is available to pay for time and expenses. The activities don’t have to follow any theme, but do need to be age appropriate and artists would need a valid CRB.  

Anyone interested in facilitating these workshops is invited to get in touch with Claire Littlejohn at younghealthwatch@thecareforum.org.uk for further information as soon as possible.

Free 8-Week Arts Course for Women

Referrals are now being accepted for a course for women with a need for positive mental health support, at risk of offending and/or within the Criminal Justice System.  It is part of the Creativity Works Networks project and runs at Light Box, starting on January 15th.

The course is for women going through tough times, who want to build confidence, reduce exclusion and explore creativity. 

  • A creative and fun way to build connections and move forward positively.
  • Every Tuesday from 2 – 3.30pm. Starting 15th January.  
  • 12 spaces available. 
  • Held at Light Box, first floor of the Galleries Shopping Centre, Broadmead, Bristol.
  • Week 7 special session (26th February) held at Arnolfini Arts Centre, Broad Quay, Bristol.
  • Facilitated by Kathryn John – Light Box facilitator and supported by the Light Box Team. 
  • Mentor support provided for participants in between sessions.   

Referrals process: Please contact Kathryn at Light Box: info@wearelightbox.co.uk with the name and contact details of the participant, and a contact name and number at the referral organisation. Contact or queries can be made directly by participants or referral organisation staff.  

Further information about the Networks Project

NETWORKS is a new Creativity Works project based in Bristol, working with professional artists to deliver courses of arts workshops for vulnerable women involved with the criminal justice system or facing mental health issues.

The networks course aims to support service users’ ‘recovery of self’ and self-development in a group setting. A range of creative activities tailored around participants’ interests will develop a range of skills, the ability to engage with others and an increased sense of wellbeing. The project also supports the integration of professional artists within partner settings.

Courses are run in parallel across five settings and are 6-8 weeks long. Project partners include: Teign Ward (a women’s medium secure unit), Eastwood Park prison (mother & baby unit), One 25 (reaches out to women trapped in street sex work), Rethink (women affected by mental illness), and cultural partners Arnolfini and Light Box. Two of these courses are already underway, with three more starting in January.

A resource developed with participants will allow the sharing of artwork across the courses, creating connections and communications between the women. Visits are arranged to cultural centres in the city, allowing women to feel a stronger sense of community.

Creativity Works is a creative community development agency, delivering quality socially engaged and participatory arts projects. Further courses are being run later in the year. Please contact Deborah Aguirre Jones for further information: dj@creativityworks.org.uk