Calderdale Council are supporting Hebden Bridge Arts Festival in delivering some special neighbourhoods projects giving the opportunity for small groups to come together (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.
It has been fantastically fulfilling for us at Hebden Bridge Arts Festival to listen to our community and explore creativity during COVID-19. It has been especially heartening to see how helpful online sessions can be, particularly during a lengthy period of lockdown.
See our Home Page for more info on our "Unhidden - Creative Neighbourhoods" micro-exhibition on 29, 30, 31 May 2021.
The Groups ...
1. Asylum Seekers & Refugees at St Augustine's Centre Halifax St Augustine’s Centre work with people seeking asylum and those with Refugee status. Many of the participants who joined the Creative Group speak little English, so encouragement, communication and support has been of upmost importance.
Each person in the group has different artistic interests, so a huge amount of fantastic and diverse work is being created. The makers have explored ideas of community and creativity for wellbeing. They come together every fortnight for online sessions and share updates with each other via Whatsapp.
Their original artworks, which range from photography, pottery, textiles, and woodwork will be displayed at our "Unhidden - Creative Neighbourhoods" micro-exhibition. 2. Mothers Group at Calderdale Children's Centre Todmorden (Halifax Opportunities Trust) Our second community group chose to get involved with photography, so we called upon Rebecca Lupton (www.rebeccalupton.co.uk), a photographer and socially engaged artist based in Manchester, to give guidance, tips, and challenges.
All participating mums gained new skills to capture their imaginations through the camera. The sessions allowed for social opportunities, the chance to share life and mothering experiences, and to be creative.
“I was really impressed by the outcomes that the women managed to achieve from their phones and the disposable cameras we gave them. I've learned that online workshops offer a lot more possibilities for connecting people when they're isolated” Rebecca Lupton
The new mums will be displaying their fantastic photography at our "Unhidden - Creative Neighbourhoods" micro-exhibition.
3. Young People from Calder Valley including Rastrick High School in Brighouse We wanted to reach out to more young people who live in Calderdale and talk with them about the arts. We asked lots of questions to capture some meaningful insights into how we at Hebden Bridge Arts Festival can better serve our young community and inspire each other.
We asked: Do you think arts and culture is important? Which artists to you like and admire? Are you interested in podcasts, workshops, carnivals, volunteering? What creative opportunities are available in your area? What artistic and creative skills would you like to learn?
This collection of audio interviews and doodle notes shares their stories, voices, views, opinions, and thoughts about life here and now. Come and hear their intriguing answers! The interviews can be heard at the "Unhidden - Creative Neighbourhoods" micro-exhibition at The Northlight Studio on 29, 30, 31 May 2021.