Swarthmore’s Creative Communities project comes to South Leeds

Swarthmore Education Centre, based in Woodhouse Square, announced their lottery success in May for a project based in South Leeds called Creative Communities.

They are delighted to be able to provide access to a range of arts to those who would not otherwise enrol onto courses and workshops already offered at the Centre.

Swarthmore’s Lottery funded project, Creative Communities, starts in September and the first launch events and sessions will be taking place in Belle Isle and Holbeck. The project will last for two years and will promote pride in place in the four targeted areas of Belle Isle, Middleton, Holbeck and Hunslet, through free arts/crafts sessions for the local community to attend and enjoy. The sessions will provide all materials and a free lunch for those taking part, with a wide range of creative activities available, facilitated by artists.

Anyone is welcome to apply, regardless of artistic talents, so long as they live within the targeted areas and are over 18. Come along, make friends, get creative, have fun!

Creative Communities will celebrate all things South Leeds and will be hosting exhibitions of the work produced by local residents in the local areas for everyone to enjoy.

The first launch events are now booked – there will be activities, an exhibition, music and food at these family friendly events – everyone is welcome!

Belle Isle – Saturday 16 September 1–4pm at Cranmore and Raylands Community Centre, Cranmore Drive, LS10 4AW, which will be supporting Health for All in their relaunch of the centre.

Holbeck – Wednesday 13 September 3:30–6pm at Holbeck Working Men’s Club, Jenkinson Lawn, LS11 9QX
The events will be followed by the first 6 week projects, which are now open for anyone to apply.

Belle Isle arts sessions will start on Friday 22 September 11am–3pm at Cranmore and Raylands Community Centre and will run for 6 weeks, each Friday.

Holbeck arts sessions will start on Monday 18 September 10am–2pm at Holbeck Together, St Matthew’s Community Centre and will run for 6 weeks, each Monday.

Come along to any of the launch events and see what is going on in your area. The project will be launching in Middleton and Hunslet very soon.

If you would like to take part in the project, please email: penny.lewis@swarthmore.org.uk, or call her on 07438 666342 or visit the website www.swarthmore.org.uk

The project will also recruit and support volunteers to support the sessions, and welcome applications from anyone who may be interested in offering their time and energy.

If you would be interested in finding out more about volunteering, please contact honor.jeavons@swarthmore.org.uk for more information or visit the website to apply.


This post was written by Chris Baillie

Photo: promoting the Creative Communities project at St Matthew’s Community Centre in Holbeck

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