Home and Away: Superact in June

handmade wellbeing this week at CHWconf Bristol

Oh my, this week has been a busy one. The team has been spread across the UK and overseas for launches, conference and much more; storytelling, craft workshops, presentations are just the beginning. Read on to see where Superact has been Out and About.

Storytelling for Health in Swansea

Our resident storyteller, Stuart, popped over the bridge to Swansea for the Storytelling for Health Conference and loved every moment of it!

“What a pleasure & an honour. Uplifting,heart warming, food for the soul conference. Spaced on a train now. Thank you so much” Stu tweeted on his way home from a thoroughly enlightening experience. Thank you to the Storytelling for Health Conference.

Future DiverCities visits Plymouth

Future DiverCities travelled south to Plymouth to the Creative Europe Culture Desk UK Information Seminar. Invited to present the 10-partner project to attendees, Eleanor, UK Comms Lead, shared the nuts and bolts of Superact’s biggest current project with aspiring Creative Europe applicants, with highlights from the first year’s activity so far and advice for them to consider.

Eleanor commented, “It was really good to be able to share Future DiverCities with aspiring applicants in Plymouth. One year in, and themes, flexibility and dialogues are appearing in the project and we can now show their evolution and the thinking behind it. These events are where you have those really interesting conversations about the How and the Why and the What behind a project, and we can now explore these in much more detail as we progress into Year Two.”

Culture, Health and Wellbeing International Conference, Bristol

Ursula, Janine, Adam and more of the team headed to the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Conference, hosted by Arts and Health South West. Days were packed with meeting many inspiring new people working in arts and creativity in health and wellbeing. The team talked Handmade Wellbeing, Netplants, Future DiverCities, Aladdin and many more projects.

It was a particularly special occasion for Handmade Wellbeing with Lead Artist Jon Lincoln Gordon coming to the conference to host a workshop. Superact was joined by Mari and Sirpa from the University of Helsinki in a real celebration of what arts and creativity can do in a care home setting. Participants were invited to consider how to go about this and then tried their hand at printing, under the watchful eye of Jon.

Meanwhile, overseas…

Laetitia, Project Lead for Future DiverCities joined Future DiverCities partner 1D Lab in Brussels for the launch of their Divercities app.

An innovative app bringing cultural content and the user-centric experience together, the Divercities app is an alternative platform allowing users to explore areas around them and their city to discover new music, cultural offerings and events to experience their home in a new way. For news and all the excitement of the launch, follow #DivercitiesBXL

Currently established in Marseille, Paris, Saint Etienne and Brussels, there are plans for Divercities to spread across the Future DiverCities network. Watch this space!

Special Mentions

There’s just time for a special mention for Public Art Lab, our German Future DiverCities partner. The PAL team is off to TinCon tomorrow, Friday 23 June, is present their work from the Future DiverCities Lab, Digital Calligraffiti. Good luck Public Art Lab!

Phew, now that is a busy week! And believe us when we say, there is more to come. But we’ll save that until next week.