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.
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!
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?
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 email@example.com