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Fenland Community Arts Workshop

Location: March Town Hall, Town Hall, March, Cambridgeshire, PE15 9JF

Date/s: Friday, 17 November Time/s: 10am-3pm

For artists interested in mental health FREE, but registration is required

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Fenland Community Arts

“Inspiring Creativity – Improving Mental Health” is a FREE community arts workshop for creative artists interested in becoming creative tutors organised and ran by Cambridge Community Arts. This workshop is part of Fenland Community Arts, a pilot-project with aim to reduce social isolation, improve participants’ mental health and well-being; re-engage them in their community and with learning through arts participation.  It is an important part of the model that courses are run by local artists.

WHO IS IT FOR?

We invite artists of all kinds: painters, photographers, actors, performers, film-makers, music producers etc. living and working in the March and Wisbech areas, to join us for a fun day.  We will introduce you to our approach of creative learning and you can show us your creative passion.  And if we get on hopefully together we can start a programme of creative learning in Fenland in 2018!

If you are passionate and confident about your art-form, have strong communication skills and care about improving people’s lives through art – you could be ideal for our team!  We run creative courses for adults at risk of social isolation, primarily due to experience of mental ill-health.   Ideally you will have experience of working with under-served groups and teaching, however, for the right people we can help develop these skills.

HOW TO BOOK

The workshop is FREE to attend, but advance registration is required. Please click here to register through Eventbrite 

For more information about the project, please contact Jane Rich at jane@camcommarts.org.uk.

PROGRAMME OF THE WORKSHOP

  • 10.00am    Arrive Coffee & Registration
  • 10.30am    Talk: How we improve mental health through creativity – an introduction to the work of CCA by Jane Rich, Founder and Managing Director
  • 11.40am       Interactive group work:  5-minute warm-up activities by each group member followed by positive feedback.  Optional depending on experience.
  • 01:00pm     Lunch break
  • 02:00pm    Understanding challenges – the chance to ask any questions about Mental Health, Learning Differences, Physical challenges.  A round table discussion including people with lived experience.
  • 03:00pm     Tea & Finish

Participants are asked to come to the session with a 5-minute warm up activity based on their art-form, suitable for all levels of experience.  It should be fun and engaging.  You will need to bring any resources that you require for your own activity and let us know in advance whether you need any particular room set up.  There will be a maximum of 10 people in the group, following the exercise everyone will be asked for positive feedback.

ABOUT FENLAND COMMUNITY ARTS

Fenland Community Arts is a partnership project between Cambridge Community Arts, the Richmond Fellowship and 20:Twenty Productions.  The aim of the project is to develop and run courses for creative practitioners on how to work with mental health participants. Short Courses will be run in March and Wisbech from January 2018.  If the pilot is successful and funding is confirmed, these will be followed by a programme of year-long accredited courses starting in September 2018.

Since 2014 Cambridge Community Arts has worked with over 400 adults at risk of social exclusion, primarily due to experience of mental ill-health.  Working closely with health professionals and support agencies we target people who benefit from our work.  Courses take place in community settings, are run by practising artists and take place for 3 hours each week.

This project is supported by Market Place Development Commissions Fund. Market Place is part of the Creative People and Places arts engagement programme for Fenland and Forest Heath, initiated and funded by Arts Council England. 

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