We're grateful to receive the generous support from Arts Council England, Calderdale Council, Hebden Royd Town Council and Art Fund for our 'Creative Neighbourhoods' Project to continue throughout 2021/2022.
We'd like to say a huge thank-you for this financial boost which will help us produce quality art, develop creative skills, celebrate our local area, and promote positive community connections. #CreativeMemories
Creative Neighbourhoods Project
Since January 2021 (supported by Calderdale Council), we have been working on the Creative Neighbourhoods Project with Calderdale groups who have not traditionally engaged with the festival. This project is led by our newest team member, Todmorden based Clare Danon.
The first groups to engage with the project were: Asylum Seekers & Refugees at St Augustine's Centre Halifax, a new mother’s group at Todmorden Children's Centre, and young people from across the Calder Valley including Rastrick High School in Brighouse. These groups explored their creativity through online workshops during lockdown of the COVID-19 pandemic, and connected through photography, pottery, textiles, and woodwork.
In May 2021 we held an ‘Unhidden - Creative Neighbourhoods’ micro-exhibition on Bank Holiday weekend at Northlight Arts Studio. This exhibition offered a celebratory glimpse into the talent and ideas of the groups who participated. How refreshing it was to visit an arty venue again after so long!
We are overjoyed with the wonderful news that due to successful funding, this project will continue!!
From September 2021 six Calderdale groups will work with artists to interpret a shared theme, exploring relationships with the local and global environment, culminating in a public sharing of the work.
What can people expect to see from the project? “We are creating new relationships with communities, people, and neighbourhoods across Calderdale. Each group will work with a professional artist. The theme of the project will be the outdoors whether that’s the beautiful landscape that we live in, climate change, animals and nature - it is for the groups to decide”. Clare Danon: Project Manager
From September 2021 we are delighted to be working CROWS (Community Rights of Way Service), Calder Community Cares, and TIME OUT..... aswell as continuing workshops and mentoring with St Augustines Centre, Todmorden Children's Centre, and Rastrick High School.
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