As summer draws to a close, our 10th anniversary year is in full swing! Artists and community partners have been in touch to give us their reflections of Create (including one involving a giggling elephant!), creative:space participant Matt Pearce cycled 1,400km from London to Edinburgh and back, raising over £770 for us and several of our artists have promised to run marathons/give concerts/do handstands to help us reach our target!
If you would like to get involved, our 10 for 10 Challenge gives you the opportunity to support us in a creative, fun way. You can send us your reflection and/or choose from a series of 10 activities including baking, making, creating and cycling, but anything goes really! In July, Team Create walked 10 miles and raised over £2,300. On Tuesday 25 June, we celebrated our 10th birthday at our exclusive Preview Evening of the Society of Women Artists’ annual exhibition at Mall Galleries. As always, it was a special event with stunning art, wine and an auction by Chairman of Bonhams, Colin Sheaf of artwork generously donated by SWA members. We raised almost £5,000!
We have had some very exciting news. The Queen’s Trust, which exists to enable and encourage young people to help others, has awarded us a transformational grant of £480,000 over three years, the largest we have ever received! This is what we plan to do with it! Our art:space programme for young carers has been recognised with a Business in the Community South East Local Impact Award “Building Stronger Communities” which was presented to sponsor, British Land in July; and we have just been awarded a Royal Society for Public Health Arts and Health Special Commendation and five Koestler Awards for our Inside Stories project for young fathers in prison.
Things have been very busy on the project front, running 77 workshops since I last wrote, that have reached 434 disadvantaged and vulnerable children and adults. For example, in July we took our ArtsAdventures workshops to 137 young patients in hospitals, hospices and respite centres across London and the South and 28 adult carers in Hackney have taken part in our new creative:release project, a partnership with Reed Smith, which has included the creation of an amazing sculpture.
We also received an open letter from our creative:space regular and Daytrippers’ young ambassador, Riah Hedger about our events for disabled children & their families! The next events are in London on Saturday 30 November. We hope to see you there! Inspired? Then please support us so we can help transform the lives of many more disadvantaged and vulnerable people.
Nicky Goulder ~ Co-Founder & Chief Executive