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Plans for the weekend? Get Creative!

Posted on 05 April 2017

This weekend is Get Creative Weekend - a bumper three-day fiesta of arts, crafts and creativity open to adults and children up and down the country.

With over 500 interactive workshops, performances, talks and demonstrations; you’ll be able to join a wide range of activities from kite-making to flamenco dance classes and  pottery to circus skills.

The events will run from Friday 7 April until Sunday 9 April, many of which are free.

Flamenco dancer
Photo © Paco Villalta / Flamenco Edition

The aim of Get Creative and this weekend is to encourage people to try something new and creative, and to make arts and culture experiences accessible to all.

What’s on

Here’s just a snapshot of what’s taking place across England. For more information, check out this interactive map.

North:

Manchester: Watch furniture designer/maker Joshua Till bring the traditional craft of steam bending to life at this free demonstration. Traditionally used to produce the hulls of boats, tools and weapons, the technique has enabled Joshua to experiment and develop a new, exciting furniture collection, on display at Manchester Craft & Design Centre in his first ever solo exhibition, Modern Twist.

 

Sunderland: Culture vultures Sunderland 2021 are pulling out all the stops and organising a host of activities for all ages, from monoprinting, paper craft jewellery at the National Glass Centre, Bhangra dance, creative writing to a photo walk with artist Nicola Maxwell around Sunderland to explore the overlooked in our urban environment.

South East

Colchester: Representing the beat of the heart, the pulse of the blood and the rhythm of life; Dan Skeats teaches the West African drumming practice of Djembe to beginners and experienced drummers in 1 hour workshops at Colchester Arts Centre. Open to all ages; don’t forget to bring your own Djembe drum if you have one!

Outlands by 2Faced Dance. Photo © 2Faced Dance / Luke Evans.

Ipswich: The National Youth Dance Company (NYDC) is working in partnership with DanceEast and inviting young people to join them for dance workshops, with the opportunity to watch experienced dancers in rehearsal. Open to people from all dance backgrounds and abilities, the workshop is free to participate in, but places must be pre-booked.

South West

Dorset: Anticipation and intrigue await those attending the Raku firing glaze workshop at the Boilerhouse Gallery in Corfe Castle; people attending will have the chance to glaze pots, whilst watching the heat from the fire melt the glaze, as you clean the surface marvellous shapes and shades will be revealed.

Cornwall: Whoever considered using beach litter to create art? This fun, educational workshop does just that; people are invited to create a mobile art installation from beach debris following spring cleans on Falmouth beach, with help from local artist, Tony Johns. The workshop is a joint collaboration between the University of Exeter and Falmouth Art Gallery and is free to attend, with no need to book.

Midlands

children at orchestra
Aurora Orchestra ‘Far Far Away’ Family Concerts, Credit: Aurora Orchestra / Simon Weir

Northampton: Go on a voyage of musical discovery at Orchestras Live Sound Around, with classical masterpieces alongside well-known TV and film themes. The concert is fun and relaxed, ideal for families with children and young people with additional needs who may appreciate the flexibility to move around, or just enjoy the music. Don’t go home without getting the chance to meet the musicians and have a go at playing some instruments!

Ilkeston, Derbyshire: Throwback to the Victorian era! Get the chance to build a cardboard dolls house, then take a tour of Erewash Museum and its grounds, as well as having the chance to add in vital parts of the house, such as a kitchen and parlour. There’ll also be the opportunity to hear storyteller Patrick Ashcroft retelling Rumer Godden’s tale The Dolls House.

HeyClay! pottery painting
Richmond Art School, RACC

London

Richmond, London: People will have the chance to have a go on the potter's wheel, and try your hand at making a pinch pot or hand-built sculpture using messy, squidgy clay with HeyClay! Enroll on this family friendly event at Richmond Adult Community College.

walking tour
Photo, Anna Lukala. Walking Tour

Kings Cross, London: A creative artist walk with a twist... Let your curiosity be your guide and find inspiration in unexpected places, whilst connecting through conversation and discovering new things about the big smoke itself.  Meet at Granary Square, Kings Cross to explore the area and take in some unexpected cultural and historical gems. Don’t forget to bring your sketchbook, camera phone, camera, dictaphone to capture this memorable day. 

It’s an amazing opportunity to sample the enormous range of creative activity that goes on in almost every part of the country...

About Get Creative

Robin Simpson, Chief Executive of Voluntary Arts and Chair of the Get Creative Steering Group commented, “The Get Creative campaign is a unique partnership between the BBC and more than 500 arts organisations across the UK, it’s an amazing opportunity to sample the enormous range of creative activity that goes on in almost every part of the country all year round. Check the Get Creative Weekend map to see what's happening near you- go on, Get Creative!”

The Get Creative Steering Group is made up of representatives from 64 Million ArtistsArts Council EnglandArts Council Northern IrelandArts Council Walesthe BBCCrafts CouncilCreative People and PlacesCreative ScotlandFamily Arts CampaignFun PalacesVoluntary Arts, and What Next?

For more information, take a look at this handy map pinpointing all Get Creative events taking place this weekend.