New Exeter Community Arts Programme
Superact has received funding, from Exeter City Council Community Fund and the Devon County Council District Council Localities Fund, to develop a community arts programme at the Exeter Community Centre where we are based. We would like to work with the local Community and the Community Centre in developing an arts programme initiative.
This initiative has 2 strands. The first strand is a bespoke project to involve the local community in creating some artwork, like a mural for example. We will be working with Esther House, a homeless hostel for young people across the street from the centre. The four session project will be delivered by Cleo Heard, Graffiti Artist and will culminate in a Graffiti wall in the Esther House garden. Superact has a great deal of experience with working with the young people who are not in employment, education or training and understand the great benefits that creative work has with this group building confidence and positive attitudes and motivation.
The second strand is a mixed arts programme open to the whole community. This will consist of 4 sessions, ceramics, graffiti art, fabric art, and willow frame lanterns. The programme aims to give people a chance to try things out and encourage them to come into the centre to make use of what it has to offer, and meet new people from their local community.
Workshops will be taking place at Exeter Community Centre Art Room from 6:30 - 9:30pm on the following dates:
4th March - Play with clay session
11th March - Graffiti art
18th March - Fabric and textile art
25th March - Light sculptures
Sessions cost £3 towards materials and refreshments or £10 for all four sessions.
All the programming will be delivered by local professional artists giving the participants the opportunity to engage with those whose careers are dedicated to their art. This will increase the awareness of the arts community in Exeter and make for a meaningful exchange between artist and community.
This initiative is designed to be a starting point from which further more consistent programming can be put in place. We are trying to awaken interest in the local community and foster community relations, between ourselves and the community, and between community members. Expressing yourself creatively contributes substantially to people’s feeling of well being, which in turn has an effect on the community as a whole.
Ex-Arts will run during the month of March and we are hoping to secure funding to continue this programme of activity beyond that.