It is just one week until our first public workshop at The Poly Falmouth, we are busy contacting people, groups and suppliers to make sure we have all the ingredients for successful visual making workshops. Avid collecting and an imminent Scrap Store visit should provide us with a variety of materials and bolster our enthusiasm to ‘get creative’. In my studio I have been saving fabric scraps and exploring flower shapes, looking at fabric flowers in fashion, botanical illustrations and revisiting images taken at the Eden Project and around the now burgeoning Cornish hedgerows. Create and Bloom is part of the Get Creative initiative which runs from Saturday 17th – Sunday 25th March and hundreds of organisations are putting on events to help you get creative – and they’re free or have just a small fee to cover costs.
Eden Project Dahlias
Get Creative Festival shines a light on all the great cultural activity that takes place right across the UK on a regular basis and encourages people to try their hand at something new and creative. The annual festival is a merger of the previous Get Creative Weekend and Voluntary Arts Festival – now joined together to make one huge nationwide event.
Get Creative Festival is brought to you by arts and creative organisations and individuals across the UK and is supported by 64 Million Artists, Arts Council England, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Arts Council of Wales, the BBC, Crafts Council, Creative People and Places, Creative Scotland, Family Arts Campaign, Fun Palaces, Voluntary Arts, and What Next?
We at Aspire Arts are excited about working with The Poly Falmouth and promoting Get Creative as part of Falmouth’s Spring Festival. Celebrating creativity and creative thinking is at the heart of Aspire Arts and by working with The Poly on ‘Create and Bloom’ we endeavour to build a connection with the local community and promote our expertise in visual arts workshops and portfolio advice.
Last year Sarah and I facilitated the Big Draw ‘Boatanical’ project with culminated in a display at Princess Pavilions during Falmouth’s Spring Festival. This year we are excited about the Get Creative Festival which is sponsored by leading organisations including 64 Million Artists, Arts Council England, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Arts Council of Wales, the BBC, Crafts Council, Creative People and Places, Creative Scotland, Family Arts Campaign, Fun Palaces, Voluntary Arts, and What Next?
Today we have just been planning drop in workshops along the theme of ‘Create & Bloom’. Planning is still in its early stages but we hope to run workshops at The Poly Falmouth around he 22nd and 23rd March 2018, which coincides with the Spring Festival. The workshops we envisage being free and are open to all who wish to participate. You can drop in for an hour or two or stay all day! Sarah and I will help you create exotic blooms out of recycled materials. The resulting pieces will show of perhaps a love of colour, interest in detail, liking for structure and above all else, your own take on beautiful and interesting blooms. All work we hope to be on public display either at the Poly or around Falmouth. Once all is finalised we will publish on https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/aspire-arts-16641117073 and on our soon to be released website, https://aspirearts.education/ No doubt the Poly Falmouth will also advertise.
Sitting in our chilly office space we got really excited about spring and the colour and shapes it brings. We started researching flower names and then translations into Cornish, bleujen an gog is bluebell; bleujen tulyfant is tulip and the Cornish for flower is flour!
Just visited Falmouth Poly to look at the lovely new library / studio space. Its bigger than I remembered and is just perfect for running our courses in. High ceilings, shelves of books and bundles of atmosphere – such a fabulous environment to occupy and explore your own arts practice. Inspired immediately by the bookcase housing so much history about the place. Met the lovely Mawgan who is responsible for marketing and working with people such as us, Aspire Arts. Looking forward to our workshops where we will draw in new ways, develop ideas and make discoveries.
This space is made to be used and we are excited about it becoming a hub of artistic activity in the spring and summer months, starting in 2018. Couldn’t help myself had to move the chairs around to understand and conceive ideas as to how we might move and work in the space. Actually I just like it as SPACE!
Yesterday was one of reflection and remembering some of the exciting projects we augmented on Falmouth’s Art and Design Foundation Course. Architectural models populating the Moor filling the space with magical light when the winter sun faded; studying the collections at Exeters RAM museum provided the basis for some intricately crafted objects and images; ‘Boatanical’ a collaboration with the community brought a mass of colour and wonderful hybrid plant structures to the Princess Pavilions Falmouth; a week working in a small gallery space affiliated to the Exchange Gallery Penzance, culminated in a lively show of charcoal drawing, vintage aeroplanes and expressive painting.
What are we up to now? Sarah and Jane are launching Aspire Arts, through this arts education business, we will continue to work with students who wish to progress from ‘A’ levels into art and design education at FE and HE Level. We will also be running workshops/courses at Kestle Barton and Falmouth Poly. With titles such as ‘About a Place’ and ‘See, Experiment, Explore’ you will want to be there!