Coffee Concert Fundraiser 2024

Coffee Concert Fundraiser 2024

COFFEE CONCERT FUNDRAISER FOR ARTS AND DEMENTIA

Join us for an interactive afternoon of classical and popular music from our wonderful musicians!

Sunday 3rd March, 3-5 PM
All Saints Parish Church, Priory Terrace, Leamington Spa CV31 1A

What will the afternoon involve?

Enjoy a range of refreshments whilst enjoying interactive performances from talents Martin Riley (piano), Jiafeng Chen (violin) and Claire Fowler (Singing). The programme includes an improvised piano piece, a brief history of music through the centuries, a sing along to songs such as ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’, John Williams – Tango Por Una Cabeza (Scent of a Woman) and Massenet – Thais Meditation plus more!

Find out more about the artists

MARTIN 

CLAIRE

JIAFENG

Tickets are £15 plus £1.22 booking fee and will include a refreshment/snacks on arrival and further drinks can be purchased should you please! Tickets on the door are £17 plus booking fee if they have not sold out! Check our socials for updates! Tickets are non-refundable.

We will also have a fab raffle which includes prizes from Warwickshire Gin Company,The Royal Pug, Green and Wild Flowers, The Larder Tearooms/ The Avery, Health First foot and gait clinic and Golden Monkey Tea Company.

By coming along to our fundraiser you’ll be supporting the development and tour of our recent production, ‘Navigating Margaret’ and accompanying workshops. This compelling theatre piece, inspired by real-life stories from our Suitcase Stories project, focuses on the journey of a Worcestershire woman living with dementia. View the trailer for our dementia awareness play ‘Navigating Margaret’ by scanning the QR code below.

Currently, there are 6,500 people in Coventry and Warwickshire diagnosed with dementia and 11,700 estimated to be living with dementia and this is set to rise over the coming years.

If you can’t support us by attending please donate and support us in raising awareness of Dementia by clicking the link below!

BUY TICKETS OR DONATE  https://linktr.ee/artsuplift

Cancellation- if we need to cancel the event we can refund the ticket minus the booking fee

 

 

Arts and Fizz Fundraiser 2024

Arts and Fizz Fundraiser 2024

ARTS & FIZZ EVENING

FUNDRAISER FOR ARTS AND DEMENTIA

Join us for an evening of painting led by our wonderful artist Jess & enjoy a glass of fizz!

Thursday 29th February 7-9 PM

All Saints Parish Church, Priory Terrace, Leamington Spa CV31 1AA

What will the evening involve?

Paint along with our artist, Jessica Hartshorn, to create this contemporary landscape artwork on canvas board. Following step-by-step instructions using acrylic paint to create a masterpiece like the one below! Tickets are £25 + £2.80 booking fees and include a drink on arrival as well as some snacks. Further drinks can be purchased should you please! There is the possibility to buy tickets at the door for £29 if they have not sold out! Check our socials for updates! Tickets are non-refundable.

We will also have a fab raffle which includes prizes from Warwickshire Gin Company,The Royal Pug, Green and Wild Flowers, The Larder Tearooms/ The Avery, Health First foot and gait clinic and Golden Monkey Tea Company.

By coming along to our fundraiser you’ll be supporting the development and tour of our recent production, ‘Navigating Margaret.’ This compelling theatre piece, inspired by real-life stories from our Suitcase Stories project , focuses on the journey of a Worcestershire woman living with dementia. View the trailer for our dementia awareness play ‘Navigating Margaret’ by scanning the QR code below.

Currently, there are 6,500 people in Coventry and Warwickshire diagnosed with dementia and 11,700 estimated to be living with dementia and this is set to rise over the coming years.

Our goal this summer is to develop the script, engage professional actors for a rehearsed reading at St Peter Apostle church hall, Leamington Spa, in Coventry and Nuneaton and provide a training session for individuals supporting those living with dementia.

Find out more about our artist Jess HERE 

If you can’t make it, we’ll be also holding a Coffee Concert at All Saints Parish Church on Sunday 3rd March between 3-5pm for £20 plus booking fee. There will be coffee,tea and cake accompanied by interactive performances from Martin Riley (piano), Jiafeng Chen (violin) and Claire Fowler (singing leader).

If you can’t support us by attending, please DONATE and support us in raising awareness of Dementia by going to the link below

BOOK TICKETS  www.linktr.ee/artsuplift

Cancellation- if we need to cancel the event we can refund the ticket minus the booking fee

 

Bridging The Gap- Kenilworth

Bridging The Gap- Kenilworth

Free Movement, Music and Memories sessions in Kenilworth for older people with memory issues and their loved ones and wellbeing arts activities for Refugees in partnership with Warwickshire Libraries and Compassionate Kenilworth.

Arts Uplift brought a brand new intergenerational FREE arts project to Kenilworth in July 2023 to February 2024 thanks to funding from Comic Relief, Warwick District Council and Kenilworth Town Council.

First to get going was the older people’s Movement to Music sessions which involved simple stretching exercises to catchy well known songs and music, gently guided by experienced dancer Kath Kimber-McTiffen, with plenty of time for tea and chat.  Participants did not need a diagnosis to take part, and those with limited mobility remained seated if they preferred.  

“Kath is brilliant. She chose a great range of songs and made us feel so welcome. Before we knew it we were all joining in. It was great fun.” Participant

“They enjoy the exercise especially as its dance, so it doesn’t feel like exercise, they like the music, being together and being able to connect with each other over the tea break. I hear lots of sharing of things that might help / support / other groups etc.” dance artist, Kath

Dates and times: Fridays from 11.00am – 12.30pm

Place: Kenilworth Library, 11 Smalley Place, Kenilworth CV8 1QG

As well as being a lot of fun, participation in the arts can support mental well-being, improve brain function and physical coordination, as well as being a great way to make friends. 

Refugee group 

We worked with refugee families and young adults from Kenilworth on a visual arts and crafts project with Sioda from Earthbound at the Kenilworth Centre using a variety of mediums such as painting, collage and light.

“My observations are that for the participants (adult women in particular) this has been their only social event in the week. It’s a time when they can be out of their usual environment at the hotel and feel part of something. There is always plenty of chatter and smiles and they do really get so much out of meeting weekly. For some, painting and doing crafts is new to them and those who have been there from the start have grown in confidence and happiness. Some of the women are here alone without family and often stay in their room at the hotel. This has given them a social life and I would say some hope for their future life here in Kenilworth or elsewhere in the Uk. It’s the same for the young people, a chance to go somewhere else out of school and out of the hotel to feel part of a community.” visual artist, Sioda

“It’s very important for us because it reduces our stress and forget about our stress. It teaches us how to paint about the environment and to play with each other. It makes me happy.” participant

The older people and refugees as well as doing their own workshops exchanged artwork and photos of themselves and explored the theme of Celebrations. They also met in person and shared their exhibition and also participated in dance and movement over some refreshments. They shared stories about their lives. It was a wonderful occasion.

Watch the documentary film by Earth Bound HERE

 

 

Navigating Margaret

Navigating Margaret

Based on real-life stories gathered from our successful Suitcase Stories project in partnership with Museums Worcestershire, Navigating Margaret, is an exciting theatre production about a Worcestershire woman’s journey through the diagnosis of dementia. The script was developed as an R and D through the first lockdown with funding from Arts Council England and now we are turning it in to a play!

The production will be performed at Malvern Cube in Worcestershire for 3 shows ONLY, Friday 24 7PM, Saturday 25 March 2PM (relaxed performance) and 7PM 2023. Written and directed by Helen Tennison, an International Director, the show will beautifully bring to the stage the rich stories collected from Worcestershire residents, living with dementia.

What’s really exciting is that we are involving local residents in the production. The cast will be a mix of 3 professional actors, 4 emerging actors and 12 local people, including children and young people and older adults as well as a dementia choir being recorded.

THE STORY
Navigating Margaret is a magical journey about living with dementia. Set in Worcester, it is inspired by true-life stories, gathered from across Worcestershire through the ground breaking Suitcase Stories project.

Once a quick-witted female pilot, Margaret is getting increasingly forgetful and erratic, so her son Graham encourages her to get a diagnosis. A familiar story perhaps, but Margaret’s ensuing journey through stages of dementia is anything but pedestrian. The action flashes back and forth between her family struggling to cope with her gradual changes and the tangled memories of her earlier life. Her 1950’s childhood in her family’s hairdressers, working at the carpet factory, courting Charlie at tea dances, and becoming one of the first airwomen in Worcestershire.

Directed and written by international director Helen Tennison https://htennison.wixsite.com/helentennison, the play is a tale of sadness, love, hope, and a celebration of Worcestershire’s rich history, through the eyes of an extraordinary, everyday woman. The cast is a mix of professional and community actors from the local area and features a recorded choir of people living with dementia.

There will be a Q&A session after each show to discuss the play, with Age UK Herefordshire and Worcestershire and the artistic team.

Watch the short trailer HERE

Watch the film of the theatre show HERE

Watch the trailer for the Navigating Margaret tour 2024 HERE

Audience quotes

“Congratulations to all on such a sensitive, deep, moving, relevant and uplifting, work of art so deftly delivered”

“I think everybody should see Suitcase Stories. People living with dementia ( if you can get them to sit still ! ), carers , carer’s friends and family, even people who have no connection at all to Dementia …. this would really help them to understand….even though everybody’s dementia is different , many of the themes explored unite us”

“The play stands as a great story to tell in its own right – brilliantly directed, casted and acted; an utterly watchable, well-written, informative, emotional and marvellously creative show! That it is about living with dementia feels like a bonus”

Nationally 1 in 14 people over the age of 65 are living with dementia now. The Malvern Hills district in particular, has an increasingly large older population, of which many will sadly have dementia. We’re confident this play will help raise much needed awareness about this condition, encouraging understanding and acceptance as well as being an amazing production.

THE CAST

MARGARET- ILLONA LINTHWAITE

After training at Rose Bruford’s Drama School Illona worked in repertory theatre for several years. She later formed her own company, writing and commissioning plays. In London she has acted at The Arcola, Lyric Hammersmith, Playhouse Theatre, Southwark Playhouse, Young Vic, National and RSC Theatre Companies. She recently worked with the Dot Collective, Bedouin Shakespeare, Punch Drunk, SLG Co. and Swamp Motel playing many glorious parts. Television work includes series Within These Walls, Shadow of the Noose, The Flockton Flyer, The Bill and several plays for Today. With her one woman plays she has toured many parts of the world.

GRAHAM-MORGAN PHILPOTT

Morgan trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
Theatre: The Merchant of Venice (RSCThe 101 Dalmatians (Birmingham Rep) Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain Part 5! (Apollo Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue) Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth, The Tempest (Stafford Castle), The Importance of being Earnest, The Secret Adversary, Peter Pan, Treasure Island, Gulliver’s Travels, Arabian Nights, Pinocchio, The Snow Queen (Watermill TheatrePartners In Crime (Queen’s Theatre, HornchurchLarisa And The Merchants (Arcola TheatreBleak HouseKing Lear, As You Like It, Henry V (Creation TheatreMacbethMerry Wives Of Windsor, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night, Comedy Of Errors, Much Ado About Nothing, Henry V (Guildford Shakespeare CompanyThe Sound of Music (Kilworth HouseDick Turpin’s Last Ride (Bury St. Edmunds Theatre RoyalLarkrise To Candleford (New PerspectivesDon Quixote (Croydon WarehouseTwelfth Night, George’s Marvellous Medicine (Birmingham Stage CompanyJames And The Giant Peach (Northampton Theatre Royal) Pinocchio (Polka TheatreBeauty and the Beast, Robin Hood (Little Wolf EntertainmentMuch Ado About Nothing, Othello, Hamlet (Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory).

Film and Television: Casualty (BBCCoronation Street (ITVDoctors (BBCThen Voyager (Filmro ProductionsThe Story Of George Muller (CTABeau Brummel (BBC).

LOUISE-KAREN PAYNE

Karen graduated in 2020 with a first class honours degree in Drama from The University of Gloucestershire.  She has played a diverse range of roles from Shakespeare to modern day plays in theatres in Bath and Bristol. Her theatre credits include : Paulina in The Winter’s Tale, Boxer in Animal Farm, Helen in Road and Molly Beak in The Madam. Most recently she played Widow Twankey in Aladdin. Karen also works as a therapeutic actor for Barnados helping prospective adoptees understand communication with children who have experienced trauma.

MAGPIE-CHARLOTTE EAST

Charlotte graduated from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in 2020 as one of the BBC Radio Drama Carleton Hobbs Winners. Credits include: Theatre: Earthquakes In London (Bristol Old Vic Studio) The Tempest (Nottingham Playhouse) A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Nottingham Playhouse) The Great Gatsby: A LIVE Radio Play (Blue Orange Theatre) Screen: The Jacket (BBC Arts) & Radio: Peking Noir (Radio 3), Life Is A Radio In The Dark (Radio 3), Gudrun (Radio 4), Franklin (Radio 4), The Devils (Radio 4), London Particular (Radio 4) & Richard II (Shakespeare@, New York)

DANI-MAYA WAGHORN

Maya (They/Them) is an emerging multidisciplinary performer who graduated with a First Class degree in BA Drama and Theatre Arts (University of Birmingham) in July 2022.Their early professional credits include Dancer/Dance Artist (Curfew, Calico Theatre, 2022) and Role-Play Actor (Brave Conversations Training, The Queen’s Nursing Institute, 2022). They have been training in Hip Hop dance with award-winning company Boy Blue Entertainment since September 2022. Maya is thrilled to be working on Navigating Margaret – a play created with local communities, containing subject matter close to their family.

CHARLIE-WILL HUSBANDS

Will is an up-and-coming emerging actor based in the Midlands. He recently graduated from the University of Worcester with a 1st Class Honours in (BA) Theatre, Acting, and Performance. He is also a strong contemporary dancer, choreographer and physical theatre performer. Previous credits include:
TV: (BBC) Poldark, (ITV) Doc Martin and acclaimed German Television programme (FFP New Media) Rosemunde Pilcher Collections.
Theatre: (Wildworks) I Am Kevin, (Cube Theatre) The Crucible.

 YOUNG MARGARET-ELIZA THOMPSON

Eliza is an up and coming versatile talent with experience in both Theatre and Film. Having graduated with a 1st Class Honours in Theatre, Acting and Performance, from the University of Worcester, she is also an associate artist of Strange Futures.
Previous credits include:
Theatre: Strange Futures – ‘The Tree Rings’, Strange Futures – ‘The Last Restaurant’, PW Productions – ‘An Inspector Calls’ – Milton Keynes Theatre
Short Film: T A P E Collective Ltd ‘Essex Girls’

Child Margaret and her siblings will be played by local children and young people and Margaret’s mum and Aunts will be played by local adult community actors.

Assistant Director- Vivi Bayliss

Vivi Bayliss is a freelance theatre-maker from the Midlands, specialising in inter-disciplinary performance. Her experience covers musical theatre, opera and devising, as well as an extensive background in providing theatre for young people at companies including Chipping Norton Theatre and Millfield School. Directing credits include A Ton of Feathers for NSDFA Midsummer Night’s Dream and Love and Information for Millfield School and Tubes and Tribulations for The Hope Theatre. Assisting credits include The Things You Do For Love  for National Opera StudioDon Giovanni and L’coronazione di Poppaea for Saluzzo Opera Academy.

DESIGN TEAM

Design- Zahra Mansouri

Zahra Mansouri graduated in Theatre Design for Performance at Central Saint Martins, she also trained as a competitive Ballroom Dancer this experience would shape her practice with work rooted in understanding movement and interaction with space. At ease designing large and small scale projects and working abroad Zahra has a wealth of experience spanning genres with a variety of skills that gives each project its own unique personality. During her early years Zahra was Associate designer at Fourth Monkey TC. Over 10 years of collaborating on rep seasons she created 75 productions some of which transferred. This undertaking of managing departments, interacting with large companies of training performers and producing multiple shows with fast turnovers at such a young was a unique experience that would ground and refine her practise.

Sound design- Matt Eaton

Lighting design- Dan Parry

TO BOOK TICKETS go to www.malverncube.com

Adults £15 Children £8 and unemployed, low income and disabled concessions available £5

MORE INFORMATION
Running time approximately 2hrs with interval. Suitable for anyone aged 8 years plus. Relaxed performance 24 March 2pm. All shows BSL interpreted. If you need to be seated near to the interpreter please let us know jenny@artsuplift.co.uk

Venue address Malvern Cube, Albert Road North, Malvern, WR14 2YF. Car park and on road parking available.

PLEASE NOTE the first scene is being performed outside on the Malvern Cubes’ grounds on the grass. Please bring suitable footwear for grass. There maybe some mud especially if it has been raining.

We want to thank the many people and organisations that have helped to fund and support this play.

     

                   

 

         

Love Music Leamington

Love Music Leamington

Thanks to funding from Leamington Town Council we can offer 9 weekly singing sessions with Claire Fowler at Dale St Methodist Church, Leamington Spa. There is so much research that singing is good for your well-being and its a chance to meet new like minded friends. There is an hour of singing and also a chance to socialise over a cup of tea and a biscuit. Its only £32 a month (£8 a session) payable a month in advance and the carer or loved one goes free! Fridays 11am to 12.15pm. Suitable for older people including those living with dementia.

Contact Jenny to book and more information 07946 585978 jenny@artsuplift.co.uk

The leaflet is HERE

 

Arts and Dementia Warwickshire

Arts and Dementia Warwickshire

Overview

Arts and Dementia Warwickshire is an arts programme for people living with dementia and their carers living in Warwickshire in the community, in In Patient wards and also in care homes. It has been commissioned by Warwickshire County Council. It is a varied programme for 2 years including singing, performance poetry, arts and crafts, dance/movement, storytelling and reminiscence therapy. Alongside this there is some training for care staff as well.

The arts are proven to improve well-being, cognitive mental health and reduce isolation and loneliness. See our Impact studies on the Impact page. You do not need a diagnosis of dementia to attend. if you have any access needs please do let us know and we can see how we can help. The commissioned service is finishing in July 2023 and we are now not taking anymore referrals, but we are busily fundraising currently to continue our workshops so watch this space.

See more on overview HERE or watch our FILM

Current Community Programme 

Movement, Music and Memories at  Kenilworth Library and other workshops in Southam, Stratford Upon Avon and Bedworth (funding dependent!)

       

Can’t come to one of our courses? There are other arts workshops running across Warwickshire and ideas for arts activities HERE

Contact jenny@artsuplift.co.uk 07946 585978

MUSIC AND SINGING

Claire Fowler and Karen Hill delivered singing

Download the singing activity resource to use at home HERE

STORYTELLING

Nicky Bellenger delivered Storytelling

A story written by Warwick Day Opps as part of the programme is HERE

Download the storytelling activity resource HERE

ARTS AND CRAFTS

Jessica Hartshorn delivered arts and crafts.

Download the arts activity resource to use at home HERE

CREATIVE WRITING

Rob Gee from Escape Arts delivered Memories Alive- sharing stories and poetry.

Download the activity resource HERE

MOVEMENT TO MUSIC

Kath Kimber McTiffin delivered movement to music

Download the activity resource HERE

REMINISCENCE

Helen Fountain delivered Reminiscence with nostalgic objects from the 40s to the 70s with WRAP (Warwickshire Reminiscence Action Project)

Download the reminiscence activity resource to do at home HERE

Transport information

If you do not drive or can’t get public transport then contact VASA the community transport organisation for Warwickshire and they can help. Or if you live in Nuneaton and Bedworth district then also try Volunteer Friends

Also for South Warwickshire try Back and 4th Community Transport 

Contact Jenny@artsuplift.co.uk 07946 585978 for more information

Activity Providers Training Programme

Current CPD (Continuing Professional Development ) courses

Movement to Music with Luck Knight at Lanesborough House care home, Coleshill Monday 26June 10am to 3pm More information HERE

To book contact jenny@artsuplift.co.uk or 07946 585978

Please do look at our FREE activity resources

Reminiscence Activity Resource by Helen Fountain click HERE

Creative Writing by Rob Gee and Escape Arts click HERE

Storytelling Activity Resource by Nicky Bellenger Click HERE

 

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