Create’s 2017 Round up

Children taking part in a Create music project
It has been a busy and wonderful 12 months. This year Create has worked across the country, delivering projects as far afield as Bath, Birmingham, Cumbria, Manchester, Nottingham, Wales and Winchester.

Every individually tailored project has been designed to enable our participants to develop creativity, learning, social skills, self-esteem and, above all, a sense of self-worth.

In this Christmas edition of e:create, we are delighted to share with you examples of the work we have been doing and other highlights of the year.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the funders, community partners, artists and participants who have made this year’s successes possible; and to wish you a wonderful festive season and a happy New Year.

Nicky Goulder, Co-Founder & Chief Executive

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This year has been one of our busiest to date, running 50 projects across the UK. From creative adventures with young people with disabilities to Davids life-long love of photography we have used creative arts activities to empower the lives of almost 2,000 vulnerable children and adults.

We have run three key fundraising events this year, that have raised over £112k net. At our Old Bailey event, the inspiring talk by our Patron Erwin James in the same court from which he was sent down for 20 years highlighted the work we carry out in prisons and was featured in a Guardian article by our writer Carol Topolski. Our Gala dinner was again hosted at Mosimann’s stunning private dining club; and our event at the newly-opened Design Museum featured a performance by local pupils, including a young carer called Sophie.

During 2017 we have won a record-breaking eight awards: the Charity Awards’ Arts, Culture and Heritage Award, East End Community Foundation’s Smooth Sailing Award, FSI’s Small Charity Big Impact Award,  three Children and Young People Now Highly Commended awards, in the Young Carers, Youth Justice and Youth Work categories; and two Koestler Awards for our prison work.

2018:Nurturing Talent Programme
The third year of our Nurturing Talent programme is running between April 2018 and March 2019, offering an opportunity to six emerging artists who are interested in gaining hands-on workshop experience to apply their professional practice in a community setting. Applications open in January.

2018:15th anniversary
2018 will mark Create’s 15th anniversary. Since the charity’s inception in 2003, we are proud to have become the UK’s leading charity empowering lives through the creative arts and look forward to celebrating our many successes. Make sure you’re up to date with our plans by keeping an eye out for our bi-monthly e-newsletter.

Christmas Closing Times
The office will be closed from 5:30pm on Friday 22 December until 9:30am on 2 January 2018.