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Get Creative Festival 2020 - Call Out & Briefing/Networking Event

Would you like to celebrate your creative group and encourage new people to join? Then get involved in this year's Get Creative Festival from 9-17 May 2020! There are many different ways to take part - you could open up your usual weekly sewing club, life drawing group, rehearsal or stage a special event, or if you run a venue you could host 'come and try' taster sessions run by local arts groups and clubs.

Get Creative is a national campaign and festival run by a group of cultural organisations and is supported by the BBC, to celebrate and support the everyday creativity happening in homes and public spaces in every community. From outdoor photography to music workshops in your local library, via pottery, yarn bombing and performing on stage, we’re building an actively creative society that caters for everyone of every age, background and ability.

Get Creative aims to inspire people to try something new at home or at a Get Creative Festival event and to encourage people to share their own examples of everyday creativity. The annual festival sees community groups, cultural venues and individual creative citizens all host participatory events that are accessible for everyone.

By arts group or creative group we mean any number of people who meet regularly to do something creative just for the fun of it, for example sewing, taking photographs, drawing, knitting, singing, dancing, take part in amateur dramatics, and play as part of a band or orchestra, etc.

Get Creative Festival 2020

From 9 - 17 May 2020, the Get Creative Festival will see people coming together to be creative at thousands of events. Building on the success of recent years, we want to see this massive celebration of creativity reach every local community.

Visit the dedicated Get Creative Festival website to find out how to get involved, to list your event and to access free toolkits, logos and templates to help promote your event.  This is the perfect opportunity to celebrate your creativity, to invite new people to join your group, or even to start up a new art group from scratch!  

Get Creative Festival 2019 took place from 11 - 19 May with a staggering 1,690 events taking place across the UK and Ireland. You can catch up on some of the highlights of the nine day celebration on the BBC Arts website.

Visit Get Creative to list your event and to find out more.  Contact Sally Reay, Voluntary Arts South West Development Officer - to discuss how your venue, hub or arts group can get involved and more about the free support and advice we can provide.  

Get Creative & Voluntary Arts England Free Briefing & Networking Event

If there's enough interest I would like to host a free Get Creative & Voluntary Arts Briefing & Networking session for anyone that would like to find out moreabout the festival and the support and advice we can provide on 3 or 4 March.  

If you'd like to attend this event email me at and I'll set up a Doodle poll to find the best date and time for everyone who wants to attend.  

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[How to Survive and Thrive] Creative Resilience

Thu, 12/03/2020

What to expect //

During this workshop you will learn practical, workable examples of the 7 elements of our resilience model enabling you to explore, develop and grow in your personal resilience and artistic practice. By the end of the course you will:

  • Understand what Resilience means and how to apply it
  • Develop the skills and confidence to manage challenging situations
  • Identify personal assets and strengths
  • Develop your innate creativity
  • Learn flexible and adaptable approaches to problem solving and staying motivated

What will I leave with //

During the day you will identify a personal or professional challenge and using tools and activities begin to develop a solution for that challenge.

By the end of the workshop you will have worked through your identified challenge and have learnt how to apply the 7 elements and tools to all areas of your life.

Who’s it for //

This workshop is for socially engaged artists and creatives who would like to be able to bounce back from challenging situations and find new ways to protect themselves from the negative effects of stress.

The facilitators //

Oliver Jones, Director of Creativity Works

Oliver joined Creativity Works in January 2014 after a short stint as Creative Learning Manager of Cambridge Junction. Previous to this, he spent five years as Associate Director of Trestle Theatre Company. In collaboration with Middlesex University, he created and delivered a unique MA Education (drama) for teachers of secondary drama and theatre studies. He was also on the Arts Council steering committee examining whether Drama GSCE is fit for purpose and has fulfilled many other significant roles within the arts.

Working with the co|Create Steering Group made up of Artists, Oliver has developed this course as well as others to address the needs of emerging and experienced socially engaged artists and creatives across the South West.

Christina Sanders, Writer

Christina’s writing practice includes short stories, sudden, flash fiction, journalism, spoken word, and more recently, creative non-fiction. Her work has appeared in a variety of anthologies: Fish, Bare Fiction, The Bath Short Story Anthology, Words with Jam, Litro, Rattle Tales, Best Small Fictions, Toasted Cheese. In 2017, she won the Aesthetica Creative writing award.

Increasingly, she has become interested in working across boundaries, exploring different genres, collaborating with artists, natural scientists and academics to extend and develop my practice, both in terms of my approach to place, and the way I choose to write about it.

In the past 18 months Christina has run a creative Walkshop in Bath for Creativity Works. As well as working with three other artists on the Creative Resilience programme, exploring ways evidence based approaches can develop resilience, tapping into and strengthening our innate creativity. Apart from being a brilliant programme, it has helped her personally as being a writer, rejection's always hovering in the wings!

The Venue //

The Natural Theatre Company Studio offers a bright a light open space for this workshop. There are large windows around the space letting in plenty of natural light and making for an enjoyable working environment. The space is accessible via stairs and a lift from the ground floor. Toilets are available in the venue.

Please note that there is no parking at the venue itself. If you are driving, we would recommend using the park and ride service from Odd Down which stops outside Southgate Shopping Parade (the Newbridge and Lansdown P&R buses stop slightly further from the venue). Alternatively, large car parks can be found at Southgate, Avon Street and the Cricket Club.

Should you have any questions please get in contact with Stacey on 01761 438852 or 07736469671.

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