A new round of Creative Communities art workshops start this month

Would you like to take part in fun, inclusive and relaxing art workshops? Swarthmore Education Centre’s project, Creative Communities, continues to deliver weekly art workshops in Hunslet, Holbeck, Middleton and Belle Isle. Over six weeks six different artists introduce participants to their art practice to explore the theme ‘Pride in Place.’

Workshops have included rag rugging to create compositions inspired by local landmarks in South Leeds, lino printing to create Blue Plaques celebrating local places and people and mask crafting to represent features of special people or areas. Guided by the artist you will be shown how to work with the materials, taught arts and crafts techniques and provided with the opportunity to experiment yourself.

Those who have already taken part interpreted the theme in a variety of ways and enjoyed different aspects of the workshops, including discovering their creative side, making new friends and doing something for their wellbeing.

Participants have said:

“I loved all the encouragement as I am not naturally artistic but felt that the different mediums were exciting and inspirational. Wonderful facilitating weekly guest artists.”

“Having time away from the pressures of home life to do something I enjoy.”

Everyone is welcome, whether you have practised any art before or not, as long as you live within the targeted areas of Belle Isle, Middleton, Holbeck or Hunslet and are over 18. All materials and a free lunch are provided.

To register your interest in attending, or if you’d like to volunteer to support the project, visit our website and fill out your name and contact details www.swarthmore.org.uk/projects. You can also email us at creative.communities@swarthmore.org.uk or call Penny, Project Coordinator on 07438 666342.

Mondays 10am-2pm
Dates: 19 & 26 February; 4, 11, 18 & 25 March
Location: The Ark Family Centre, 80 Throstle Lane, Middleton, LS10 4EY

Wednesdays 10am-2pm
Dates: 21 & 28 February; 6, 13, 20, 27 March
Location: Involve Learning Centre, 4 Whitfield Avenue, Hunslet, Leeds LS10 2QE


This post was written by Penny Lewis

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