The summer is starting with a flurry of excitement at Create as we plan and launch new projects, prepare for an exclusive event in a world-famous London institution and look forward to our fourth award ceremony in 12 months.
Over the next two months we’ll be delivering 19 projects across England with a range of participant groups including young and adult carers, homeless people, children with disabilities and young patients. Read on to find out how you can join us to see writer and ex-offender Erwin James talk about the power of creativity to change lives for the better; and hear from emerging artists who completed our Nurturing Talent programme.
Nicky Goulder, Co-Founder & Chief Executive
Creative adventures with young people with disabilities
Fatama is a Project Manager at Surjamuki Project, where Create runs workshops with young people with disabilities. Fatama told us about the creative journeys the participants have been on: Read more here.
Create shortlisted for Charity Awards
Our creative:connection programme, which brings children with and without disabilities together to work creatively, has been shortlisted for the prestigious Charity Awards Arts, Culture and Heritage Award. Find out more here.
Exclusive event at the Old Bailey
“When I was sentenced and taken down to the cells below the court I was pretty sure my life was at an end. Experiencing creativity in prison helped me to find some value in my life and gave me the confidence to try to find a better way to live.”
On Thursday 22 June, author, journalist and Create Patron Erwin James will speak from the dock in the Old Bailey’s Courtroom One, where he was sentenced to life imprisonment 32 years ago. The event will raise funds for our Inside Stories project connecting fathers in prison with their children. Find out more and book tickets here.
CEO’s article in Arts Professional Magazine
There was drama in London’s theatre scene last month when Emma Rice and Dominic Dromgoole, the outgoing and former artistic directors of Shakespeare’s Globe, published open letters on the theatre’s website. Media coverage of the letters emphasised the creative freedom of the Globe’s new Artistic Director, but our CEO focused instead on financial accessibility. Read more here.
How Create supports emerging artists
Our Nurturing Talent programme, which takes place over a year, gives emerging artists the opportunity to work as supporting artists on a range of our projects, attend professional development training days and design and deliver their own Create workshop in a community setting. Find out what the 2016/17 Nurturing Talent artists thought about the programme on the Create blog.