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.
Creative Neighbourhoods Project continues.
We are overjoyed with news that due to successful funding this project will continue
Project Manager, Clare Danon, continues to propel this venture which brings together exciting artists with 6 groups across Calderdale to creatively explore the environment, culminating in a public sharing of work. Making and embedding new connections, this project celebrates culture made by people who do not self-identify as currently engaged with a formal ‘arts’ offer.
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
Who have we partnered with?
From September 2021 we are delighted to be working with the Walkers are Welcome Group in Hebden Royd, Calder Community Cares, and TIME OUT..... aswell as continuing workshops and mentoring with St Augustines Centre, Todmorden Children's Centre, and Rastrick High School.
When did Creative Neighbourhoods Begin?
From January 2021 (supported by Calderdale Council), we started working on our Creative Neighbourhoods Project with Calderdale groups who have not traditionally engaged with our festival. The project is led by 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 (Halifax Opportunities Trust), 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!
From January 2022, we are working with 3 new organisations, aswell as continuing our partnerships with the original groups.
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