Inside Stories

Thanks to funding from Warwickshire County Council we will be delivering a collaborative arts project to improve people’s physical and mental wellbeing. The overarching theme will be “How are you doing?” We will be gathering people’s thoughts, observations, noticing’s, feelings, fears etc around this time of Covid-19 and the participants and the artists will interpret them through new songs, dance pieces, a wall hanging and new stories. A short film will also be produced to showcase the artwork. Some of the sessions can be offered off-line as well through worksheets that can be e-mailed or posted to you.

Creative Dance sessions for older adults in isolation
Do you enjoy dancing? Are you looking for a creative activity to get involved in during lockdown?
Sign up for 6 weeks of creative dance sessions designed especially for older adults who may have limited mobility and/or health limitations, including those with Dementia (supported by a carer).

Led by experienced dance artist, Kath Kimber-McTiffen you will take part in 6 weekly, 30 minute creative dance sessions via Zoom (online) with 10 mins of social time. The sessions will be inspired by you, your feelings and experiences in lockdown, you will learn some fun dance routines and also get to make up your own routines. At the end of the project we will create a short performance which will be made into a special dance film. You do not need any dance experience to take part in this project!

Thursdays 25 June 2,9,16,23,30 July from 11.15am
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Creative writing for adults living with anxiety and depression
Do you enjoy stories and creative writing? Are you looking for a creative activity to get involved in during lockdown?
Sign up for 6 weeks of creative writing sessions designed especially for adults living with anxiety or depression or other mental health conditions.

Led by experienced storyteller and creative writer, Gavin Young, you will take part in 6 weekly, 40 minute creative writing sessions via Zoom (online). The sessions will be inspired by you, your feelings and experiences in lockdown, you will learn some fun writing techniques and also get to make up your own stories. At the end of the project Gavin will collate all the stories and writing produced and they will be made into a special story. You do not need any writing experience to take part in this project!

Wednesdays 24 June 1,8,15,22,29 July from 7.30pm
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Songwriting and music for young people aged 11-18 years with a learning disability or autism
Do you enjoy music and song writing? Are you looking for a creative activity to get involved in during lockdown?
Sign up for 6 weeks of songwriting and music sessions designed especially for young people aged 11-18 years with a learning disability or autism.

Led by experienced songwriter and musician, Martin Riley, you will take part in 6 weekly, 40 minute songwriting and music sessions via Zoom (online). The sessions will be inspired by you, your feelings and experiences in lockdown, you will learn some fun songwriting and music techniques and also get to make up your own songs. At the end of the project Gavin will collate all the lyrics and music produced and they will be made into a special song. You do not need any music or songwriting experience to take part in this project!

Mondays 15,22,29 June 6,13,20 July from 4pm
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Hand-sewing for mindfulness sessions for shielded people and people that have just come out of hospital
Do you enjoy crafts and sewing? Are you looking for a creative activity to get involved in during lockdown?
Sign up for 8 weeks of hand-sewing for mindfulness sessions designed especially for people that are shielding and people that have just come out of hospital.

Led by experienced visual artist, Michelle Flint, you will take part in 8 weekly, 40 minute hand-sewing for mindfulness sessions via Zoom (online). The sessions will be inspired by you, your feelings and experiences in lockdown, you will learn some fun sewing and craft techniques and also work on your own art work to create a stitch diary. Sewing and materials can be sent to you if you do not have access to them. At the end of the project Michelle will collate all the art work produced and they will be made into a special wall hanging. You do not need any sewing or craft experience to take part in this project

Tuesdays 7,14,21,28 July 4,11,18, 25 August from 2.30pm
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FREE

We are also looking for volunteers to help assist the artist with the sessions and support participants. Please click here for more information about the specific role

Want to get involved? Then contact Jenny 07946 585978 jenny@artsuplift.co.uk to book a place. Places are limited!