Theatre Taster Sessions in May

Sign Up now to take part in our taster sessions and find out more about if our Theatre Workshop Create:Connect Sessions are for you!

In May CoCreate are holding a short taster course of three evening sessions in Theatre.
There will be an option to stay on and work on our exciting Theatre Project taking place in June and July!

This short course is open to adults who use or have used mental health services, including people who feel getting creative would support and maintain their well-being.

More information available here

Winter Term – Create:Connect

We are delighted to be able to be able to share news of our new term of Create:Connect courses starting in the new year!

Create:Connect is CoCreate’s regular weekly programme of creative courses across the year.
Designed with a focus on developing your creative skills, our courses are open to people in recovery from mental ill health, and people who feel being creative would be beneficial to supporting their wellbeing.

Our new term has four fantastic courses to choose from

New for 2022 is Textile, Stitch and Sew; held over 6 weeks this course will include learning about a range of embroidery stitches, how to collage using textiles along with simple print techniques. Leading to either one or a series (everyone works in a different way) of small textile samples that can be displayed as it is or made into something else. Giving yourself time to sew and stitch can be a helpful way to find focus and relaxation. 

The ever popular Art Journaling returns with another 8 week chance to learn more about how keeping an artist’s journal is also a great way to record thoughts and feelings. The journal is developed over the weeks, whilst you develop new creative skills and techniques. Held online, with arts materials sent to you in advance, Art Journaling is a wonderful opportunity to take time for yourself and connect with others.

Theatre Workshop see us returning to Lighthouse Poole and builds on our previous Introduction to Theatre Course. The new term will be a chance to develop new theatre skills, and learn more about performing and directing. We’re really excited to be able to offer a backstage tour of theatre this term too! Suitable for returners and beginners.

Ready, Steady, Create returns online
This 7 week course is a gentle and supportive group, and is a great way to connect with new people, and develop creative ways of thinking to support your recovery and wellbeing.

Places on all our courses are limited, to register your interest please complete a sign up form. Places are awarded on a first come, first served basis.

We will be in touch to confirm your place, and provide you with starting information.
Please contact us if you have any questions.

Create:Connect courses are kindly supported by
The National Lottery Community Fund and Dorset Community Foundation BCP Living Legacy Fund

Take to the stage this Autumn!

CoCreate are delighted to be able to confirm the third Create:Connect course for Autumn 2021! 
Photo by Monica Silvestre on Pexels.com

Introduction to Theatre, will begin on Thursday evenings from 7th October, and we’re really excited to be able to be running the workshops at Lighthouse Theatre in Poole.

The course will be led by experienced theatre professional, Gemma Alldred, and over 8 weeks promises to offer a taster of different aspects of theatre suitable for all previous levels of experience. 

Of the sessions, Gemma said;

“The course will focus on having fun, whilst learning at your own pace – so if you’ve ever been curious about finding out more about theatre, come and join us!

Taking part in practical creative sessions is a great way to support your mental health and wellbeing, offering you a safe space to learn new skills, make new friends, have a giggle and grow your creative confidence.

Create:Connect courses are FREE to attend, and open to anyone (18+) who feels that developing creative skills would support their mental wellbeing, or recovery journey. 

For further information and how to book click here

Create:Connect is kindly supported by

Tree Time at Poole Park!

Tree Time!

No booking required – just turn up!
Thursday 29th July 2021


Poole Park Life Celebration Day.

Join artists from CoCreate  under a tree for some relaxing and rejuvenating Tree Time!Take a moment to look more closely at nature, contribute to our environmental artwork or join in as we float like a leaf, nestle like a seed or grow like a tree.

More info https://pooleprojects.net/pooleparklife/celebration-day-29th-july/

Create Connect Winter School for Wellbeing!

Here at CoCreate we believe in the power of the arts to transform, to heal and to inspire. We also know how important it is to connect with other people, especially in these difficult times. That’s why we have set up the Create:Connect Winter School, to help you explore exciting new ways to be creative and to connect with other people through the colder months.

If you feel that regular creative activities would benefit your well-being, and help you stay connected with others, we’d love you to sign up and get involved!

Our courses include visual arts, creative writing and story making.

Choose from Art Journaling with Anna (from Nov 27th), explore spaces and places as a way into writing with Gemma (from Jan 2021), or develop your story making skills with Deborah (Jan 2021).

All our courses will be held mostly on Zoom, and we hope to add in opportunities to work together outdoors, or even indoors – weather, and Covid guidelines permitting!

Create:Connect is a creative winter school for adults living in BCP/Dorset area, who identify as needing support to maintain their mental wellbeing.

We hope you can find something here to suit you but if you can’t find what’s right for you here, don’t worry, we’ll have more courses coming soon. Sign up to our newsletter to be the first to hear.

We are enormously grateful to Dorset Community Foundation for supporting this programme.

September… a busy month!!!

It’s been a busy month for CoCreate! 

Our Postcards From Memory exhibition is now installed in the foyer of Bournemouth Library with nearly 50 of your beautiful postcard artworks. Do pop down and check it it out if you can. The library is open Monday – Saturday, and the exhibition will be in place throughout October 2020.

Meanwhile the CoCreate team has been working with artist Rosie Edwards on Process, a collaborative project for Arts By The Sea festival. The project offered 18 participants opportunities to engage in theatre, creative writing and visual arts workshops both online and in person. Each participant worked on a pillowcase as their canvas to produce a personal piece of artwork in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Each pillowcase tells a personal story of lockdown. From care staff working in PPE to an individual’s isolation; from personal loss to the reassuring sound of birdsong. The individual artworks were installed on Sandbanks beach on a windy Sunday, and participants were invited to come together, to reflect on and share their journey through the project. It was a moving and celebratory day.

And finally….. we have been working behind the scenes to secure funding to enable us to bring creative activities to more people. We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded funding from Dorset Community Foundation to enable us to offer regular creative sessions.

Our hope is that these will start soon…watch this space!

#PostcardsFromMemory

#PostcardsFromMemory

I can’t remember the last time I sent a postcard, or received one. But I do remember the feeling of anticipation as a friend left for a long journey saying “I’ll send you a postcard!”. And then I waited. When, finally, one would drop through the letterbox I would read it excitedly to hear the news.

“I got stung by a wasp…it rained…we saw a cow…we ate chips.”

Well, what do you write on a postcard? 

#PostcardsFromMemory is a project about journeys and memories. We’re inviting you to share a memory of a journey that you have been on. And we’re asking you to cram the whole story onto a postcard: a drawing, a collage, a poem, an embroidery or a few words…it’s up to you.

Some memories can be vivid, but frequently they are fragmented. Sometimes we have just a snippet of a memory. We may have keepsakes that help us to remember where we’ve been, what we did, who we were with; an object, a photograph, a postcard…

What will you share with us about your memory of a journey?

https://cocreate.org.uk/get-creative/postcards-from-memory/

Process – Deadline Extended!

Deadline extended to 5pm THURSDAY 3rd Sept

We still have a few places left for people interested in taking part in our community arts project Process , as part of Arts by the Sea Festival.

Process is an opportunity for up to 24 people from the local community to come together and through a series of creative workshops, develop a collaborative artwork which will be situated in proximity to Luke Jerram’s In Memoriam on Sandbanks Beach during the festival week.

CoCreate feel this is an important project for people affected by COVID-19 in any way, to come together, share their experiences and start to make sense of the last few months in a safe creative space with others. We hope the workshops will be meaningful, fun, and offer people the chance to develop new skills in the arts.

All materials will be provided, and it is FREE to take part. Workshops will be a mix of online, and face to face – you can choose which you’d like to attend.

Places are limited, and are allocated on a first come, first served basis.
To sign up to take part contact us info@cocreate.org.uk

Full project details can be found here

Welcome to CoCreate!

We are CoCreate! and we’ve launched this website to share with you the work we do in making amazing arts projects happen with you!

We are Gemma, Anna and Deborah, and we like creative projects that support us to feel better, learn new things, make new friends and create incredible art.

So welcome! Come on in, and take a look around – we’re glad you can join us!

Having fun and being silly in the park!