We’ll forgive you if you’ve been a bit busy this summer to keep up with Create’s news – there’s been a lot going on! To get you back up to speed we’ve put our key announcements from the last few months into this summer issue of e:create. Read on to find out about the recent arts education debate in Westminster, how we celebrated Carers Week and how you can drink cocktails to support Create.

Nicky Goulder, Co-Founder & Chief Executive

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Cyclists riding 100 miles to support Create
This Sunday (31 July) seven intrepid cyclists are taking on Prudential RideLondon to raise vital funds for our work, including our new Communications Manager, David. The 100 mile course includes the (in)famous Box Hill and the less well-know but even longer Leith Hill. #TeamCreate has already raised over £3,500 but needs your help to reach the £5,000 finish line. Please support by sponsoring David.

Carers Week
In June we celebrated Carers Week. We wanted to share the great work done by our amazing partner organisations who support young and adult carers across the UK, so we posted a series of blogs through the week highlighting how they’re working to build Carer Friendly Communities.

Arts Council funds Create projects
Create has recently been awarded its first grant from Arts Council England. This, alongside funding from BBC Children in Need and Network for Social Change Charitable Trust, will allow us to continue to run free participatory creative arts workshops for young carers, giving them opportunities to express themselves, socialise and build peer-support networks.  

Drink cocktails for Create
If you fancy treating yourself to a cocktail and want to support Create at the same time, get along to one of Three Six Six’s bars (in Battersea and Earlsfield). As of 1 August they’ll be selling a specially designed Create cocktail in support of us. The bar also chose us as its charity for Negroni Week in June, raising £300 – thanks so much to everyone at Three Six Six! 

Arts in schools
On 4 July, Parliament debated whether the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) is causing fewer students to take expressive arts subjects at GCSE. Read Create CEO Nicky Goulder’s article about the debate and why the health and wellbeing benefits of being creative can’t be ignored.

What an artist learnt from working with Create
Our professional Create artists are a constant source of inspiration, energy and fun. Nikki Watson, one of our dancers since 2013, told us about her experience of becoming a professional choreographer, exploring an inclusive dance practice and how her mum being diagnosed with MS influenced her work.

Come dine with Create
On 13 October Create’s 13th anniversary Gala Dinner will take place at Mosimann’s. Conducted by the Chairman of Bonhams UK, the auction is always a highlight and this year includes lots donated by the British Fashion Council and Create Patron Ken Howard OBE RA. Find further details and book your table here.