GET CREATIVE

  • Suffolk glass artist Arabella Marshall has set up a Just Giving page to raise funds to support Suffolk Artlink. A charity that works with people of all ages as they recognise the value and benefit that creative activity can bring to their health & wellbeing and how important it is to have the connection with others.  Arabella is inviting everyone to join her in making a donation to the Just Giving page, who will let know how your money will be used. The target is to reach £2k by 22nd May.  Watch the film about a young man called Andreas Johnson who talks about his experience from the Suffolk Artlink Brave Art project. Go to the Suffolk Artlink website to find out more about the amazing work they do. Find out more about Arabella’s project at the 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

  • ‘Make, Do & Friends’ Project. Suffolk Artlink have a fantastic blog site for their programme of creative social events for adults (55+) in rural Suffolk. They post a creative activity each week, inviting you to join in and be part of a welcoming and friendly community to share ‘what your village is made of.’ Lose yourself in one of their Create activities; find out what Connects the people in your village, or meet up with others in one of their creative Community Zoom sessions. You can also send images in of the fruits of your labour to be a part of their online gallery!

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    Make Do and Friends Workshops from Suffolk Artlink

  • 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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  • 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.

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  • Let’s Get Cultural and Creative web directory is a new online resource hosted by Suffolk Libraries with the content coordinated by Suffolk County Council and local arts partner organisations. It has been launched to make it easy for people to find quality online arts and culture experiences during the current lockdown. The directory includes a wide choice of links to local and national activities to enjoy. Help make Suffolk’s history by letting Ipswich Musuem record your experiences of the Covid-19 pandemic,  Join the Unscene Singers singing workshops, take a tour of the John Skelton exhibition at Snape, and much more!

  • Together in Isolation – Postcard Project. Babylon ARTS in Ely invited people to get creative and come together for their postcard project during 2020’s lockdown. The theme was ‘Together in Isolation’ and the invitation was to design or write a postcard for a future exhibition at Babylon Gallery and an online exhibition now. Postcards could be inspired by people’s time in isolation, on how they feel, thoughts, memories or ideas or what people were looking forward to on the other side! Though the gallery will be closed during lockdowns, you can check out their website to view the exhibition and for more online events and workshops.

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  • Leiston Yarn Bombing Project This special project is aiming to decorate the town of Leiston to bring a warm welcome back to residents and visitors. If your community group, school or business would like to create a piece of work for the community to enjoy there are lots of shops that would like a window display. If you are you an artist or doing any creative work and would like to be involved in the project, they would love to hear from you. Contact Joanne.Thain@eastsuffolk.gov.uk

    Leiston Yarn Bombing Project East Suffolk Council

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    Free and interactive CREATIVE CHANGE Workshops with artist Hannah Aria. These workshops will run for 16 weeks launching at the beginning of March 2021. The Creative Change Art for Wellbeing Workshops are a series of 16 creative, fun and informal online workshops that will 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, and each topic will contain four artistic instructional videos, four live and interactive ‘Show and Tell’ sessions and an information video delivered through Facebook and YouTube. 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 workshops will be free of charge and accessible to all levels of creative confidence, from complete beginners to confident crafters.
    For further information (and if you wish to subscribe to e-mail updates) please 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. 

  • 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.

  • Learn to knit or crochet, or discover origami, or even learn a new language? If you have access to Youtube there are tutorials for practically everything! Learn a language with an app like Duolingo? Not sure how to access apps, ask a techy person to guide you over the phone. Once you’ve done it once it’s a breeze but beware of charges. There are many excellent free apps.

  • 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. Browse the free streaming programme of performances on their website, or search ‘Royal Albert Home’ on our Events Calendar . There are many more acts still to be announced – we’ll aim to add them to our calendar as they are listed.

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