The Hebden Bridge Arts Festival Team have been understandably quiet during the past 12 months. We took a fallow year in 2020, and then COVID-19 struck! Whilst we did not programme a festival last year, the Team have been super busy behind the scenes shaping our vision for the future.
Given the current uncertain cultural climate we have taken the decision to direct our focus on our year-round community programme. We are delighted to be working on an ‘Engaging Communities’ project with 3 groups across Calderdale exploring creativity in COVID-19 affected neighbourhoods. This project is being led by the newest member of the Team, Todmorden based Clare Danon. Watch this space for further info!
We are also now taking the opportunity to invite new Trustees to join our Board, and welcome applicants from all members of our diverse community who can offer the skills we need. See below for further details.
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Calderdale Council are supporting Hebden Bridge Arts Festival in delivering some special neighbourhoods projects giving the opportunty for small groups to come togther (online!) to express themselves creatively. Working with new partners across Calderdale, we feel this is invaluable work to connect and make the best of the situation during a pandemic.
The first working partnership of this project is with St Augustine’s Centre in Halifax who work with people seeking asylum and those with Refugee status. They offer a warm welcome and safe space; sharing food, stories and building relationships.
The St Augustine's project is participant led and includes a variety of fantastic talent and artistic skills, including a Printmaker, Sculptor, Beatboxer, Singer, Dress maker, Painter, and Film maker. The participants show their creations regularly on a Whatsapp group and come together and share as a group on Zoom every 2 weeks. We have explored ideas of community and what’s important to people, and a huge amount of fantastic and diverse work is being created and shared. With only two online sessions left we cannot wait to see the final creations and reflect on how an online creative process can work for engagement in the future.
Work With Us: We are looking for new Trustees to join our Board at an exciting & challenging time.
We want to meet dynamic individuals who share the belief that the arts can change people’s lives and shape the places where we live. We are looking to appoint several new Board members who can bring fresh perspectives during this period of change.
In addition to seeking individuals with previous board or operational experience at a senior level, we especially welcome applications from young people aged 18-25 and individuals from under-represented groups who can offer the skills we need.
Don't hesitate to contact us if you would like more information on applying or an informal chat.
To apply please email your CV with a covering letter explaining why the role appeals to you & which particular skill you would bring to the role. Email: email@example.com