GET CREATIVE

  • PhotoShed is a new creative social group for men that is taking place at The Art Station in Saxmundham on Thursdays from 11am – 1pm. The group is free to attend and equipment is provided. The group is being lead by photographer Tom Owens.

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  • Friends Around the Table, a project from Suffolk Artlink hosts free creative get togethers with chefs, artists and food-led practionioners, exploring food, culture and nature. A series of meet-ups are being held at the Museum of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket in November and December 2021, and other events will take place in the spring/summer of 2022. Click on the picture below for more info or go to the website for the Friends Around the Table Stowmarket timetable.

    Friends Around the Table poster

  • Suffolk glass artist Arabella Marshall’s installation in October 2020 of a large, colourful contemporary glass “window” into the ancient ruined chapel which stands in the grasslands of RSPB Minsmere launched an ongoing project using art of all kinds to inspire us to deepen our affinity with the natural environment. A film about the project and news of ongoing public engagement can be found on her A Wing and a Prayer website.

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  • Make, Do & Friends Project Suffolk Artlink have created a series of activities for you to enjoy. Poet, Arji Manuelpillai has written a poem called ‘Ode to Stradbroke Swimming Pool’, and is inviting local residents to choose an image from the  Stradbroke Village Archive and create their own poem. If you like to take part in his remote poetry residency contact mdf@suffolkartlink.org.uk  There is also Easy Poetry with Kennings – figures of speech in which two words are combined in order to form a poetic expression. Download the activity guide and email mdf@suffolkartlink.org.uk to receive an  activity pack by post.

    Suffolk Art Link Poetry activities Make do and friends

  • Meet Me At The Museum. The Art Fund podcasts feature well-known faces taking someone they love to a favourite museum or gallery, to explore what’s on offer, have a chat about what they find, and generally muse on life. Listen to the musings of the likes of Anneka Rice, Miles Jupp, Lucy Porter, Lloyd Langford, Mawaan Rizwan, Kirsty Wark and Mel Giedroyc as they walk you around museums and galleries such as the Barbara Hepworth Museum, Osbourne House, The Mary Rose, The Tate Liverpool and the Freud Museum.

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  • Free Creative Change Art for Wellbeing tutorials with artist Hannah Aria. In March 2021 Creative Change ran a series of Art for Wellbeing Workshops. The fun and informal online workshops can now be accessed as free YouTube video tutorials, aiming to empower you to use visual art as a platform to provoke wider discussions around important social justice topics whilst also improving personal well-being. The four social justice topics are Mental Health, Homelessness, Domestic Violence and The Environment. Aimed at helping Ipswich and Suffolk residents improve their wellbeing, mental health and self-confidence through the pandemic via artistic and creativity activities, the 16 creative tutorials are accessible to all levels of creative confidence, from complete beginners to confident crafters. For further information e-mail Hannah Aria: hannah.aria@hotmail.com

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  • Make thrifty, upcycled jewellery with this ‘Magazine Beads’ video tutorial from Red Ted Art. Originating in Africa where people make them for a living, they are fun, easy, frugal and colourful. There are more paper crafts and recycled crafts for children on the Red Ted Art website so take a look for more inspiration. 

    photo of magazine beads from Red Ted Art

  • Take part in a ‘Sketch a Day challenge or create an individual or family sketchbook journal of your isolation experience. The Brooklyn Art Library is home to over 41,000 sketchbooks from 130 countries. Over 25,000 of these have been scanned and can be viewed for free, and their Sketchbook Project invites you to participate and contribute your own sketchbook.

  • Visit a virtual museum or art gallery. The V&A, British Musuem, Guggenheim Musuem, National Gallery of Art Washington, The Louvre, Van Gogh Museum and more, all offer ways to access their collections online.

  • Watch a Play, Broadway or West End Musical Theatre Show, Opera, Ballet or Contemporary Dance from home.  ClassicFM  has an updating list of all the major Broadway, London West End and other shows being streamed online. With Broadway and London’s West End shows cancelled or postponed for the time being as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, fans of all-singing-all-dancing stage entertainment can now can get their musical theatre fix online via live streaming.  Other sources to check out live theatre events and recordings are National Theatre At Home, FilmedOnStage.com and BroadwayHD. You can also pre-order online Theatre performances from  The Original Theatre Company and Ballet, Contemporary Dance, Opera and Theatre are also available on demand from Marquee TV via subsrciption, but they have extended their FREE trial to 30 days in light of the world coronavirus pandemic.

    NB. Some of these online performances will be streamed free, and some require payment or subscription so always read the sign up details thoroughly and remember to cancel any free trial before it ends so as not to incur unwanted charges. If you can’t get out to see a show due to current world situations, then consider buying a ticket to an online performance, or a subscription to a theatre, as a way to support the arts through this difficult time.

  • The Royal Albert Hall has put together their Royal Albert Home series, presenting exclusive live streamed sessions from some of the world’s most talented artists, from their home to yours. You can browse the free streaming programme of performances on their website.

    image poster advertising Royal Albert Home series showing interior of Royal Albert Hall with home icon superimposed

  • Harry Potter – A History of Magic (and other online exhibitions). Explore the wonders of the British Library with their Online Exhibitions. Alongside exclusive Q&As and insights into the artistry of the Harry Potter books, explore the British Library’s weird and wonderful collection of magical historical facts and witchcraft and magic artefacts, with curator Julian Harrison. All on this Google Arts dedicated page: Harry Potter – A History of Magic.

    image promoting Harry Potter online exhibition from the British Library