Superact has been having an eventful time of late with arts delivery, meetings in foreign lands and training events all on the agenda.
Our Exe-Arts programme has been going great guns, with group projects underway and open doors sessions for the local community proving very popular. Running since September 2015, the programme has been directly responsible for the reopening of the pottery at the Exeter Community Centre; and, as a celebration of this and to join in with the fun of the nationwide BBC Get Creative Day, Exe-Arts held a hugely successful Pottery Open Day at the newly opened studio on 2 April.
A variety of people turned up to have a go with clay, individuals with and without experience and many parents with children ready for a fun afternoon making things together. They were all incredibly enthusiastic and eager to get stuck in! We have discovered that many people in the local community would like the pottery to offer courses and more open studio days like this one. We’ll look into setting things up and would like to thank everyone who came out to support the initiative.
We are also finishing up our last Exe Arts bespoke project with Exeter Youth Offending Team. Our garden art project is part of their efforts to renovate the garden area by their art hut. The theme has been jungle and we have produced colourful plywood cut-outs of animals to go along the fences and some ceramic sculpture and tiles for the garden areas and building walls. This should look fabulous when it’s all installed over the next couple of weeks. Keep an eye on our facebook page for pictures and updates.
Meanwhile, our Project Assistant Matilda has flown off to Spain for the latest of our Netplants workshop weeks. Netplants, an Erasmus Plus project, aims to reconnect vulnerable and disadvantaged people across Europe with the environment. The workshop weeks are an opportunity for delegates to travel to partner countries and experience the local ways of gardening, cooking, foraging and natural craft. Matilda has been joined by trainers and learners from local environmental organisations Bee the Change, Grow Bristol and Growing Futures. They’ll be posting snippets on twitter and will give us a full update upon their return which we’ll post on the Netplants UK facebook page. You can also read about the previous workshop week in Calais and our own week of hosting in Somerset.
Finally, we are extremely excited that our Music in Healthcare event has come round so quickly! We will have a full house for a day’s training at Bristol’s Southmead hospital on Thursday, incorporating arts in healthcare settings from the arts, music and clinical perspectives, and giving participants the opportunity to have a go at performing on the wards. Our next training event will be Applied Storytelling, coming up at the end of April: keep an eye on our website for news of forthcoming opportunities.
Spring has most definitely sprung at Superact HQ and we are starting the year with a bounce in our step! Please do get in touch with Ursula@superact.org.uk if you have any questions about our work or ideas for ways we could work together.