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Showcase Smoothie

Posted by on May 8, 2015 in Blog |

Showcase Smoothie

  Showcase Smoothie was project managed by Beauty and Utility Arts for its first three years. Showcase Smoothie is a major new literature and music based project, led by Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust (LPT) and partnered by a range of arts, health and educationally based organisations. It is Patronised by the internationally acclaimed poet and performer, Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze, MBE and Championed by Lord Patel of Bradford, OBE; Dr Mohammed Al-Uzri and Dr. Peter Miller, CEO of LPT. The project was designed to showcase the talents of people with experience of mental health problems, and has a particular focus on young black men. An artistic programme of workshops, mentoring and development, launched in March 2012....

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BrightSparks: Comedy Asylum

Posted by on Nov 7, 2014 in Blog |

BrightSparks: Comedy Asylum

Autumn 2015 We’ve just submitted our evaluation report for the 2014/15 BrightSparks: Comedy Asylum and looking forward to seeing what’s next for the project. In the meantime, Comedy Asylum 2015/16 workshops have already started!

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Creative Hinckley Members Showcase

Posted by on Aug 21, 2013 in Blog |

Creative Hinckley Members Showcase

Beauty and Utility Arts are lucky enough to be members of Creative Hinckley. Our office is based on Creative Hinckley’s Creative Corridor in the Atkins Building so we’re surrounded by fellow creatives each and every day. As members of Creative Hinckley we were invited to take part in the Creative Hinckley Members Showcase that is currently being exhibited in the gallery. The exhibition was installed and opened to the public on 14th August and will remain open until 7th September, so wander on down and enjoy all of the fantastic work on show!! Below are a couple of photos courtesy of Ed Brown taken on the 15th August at the exhibitions Private View. We hope you love them as much as we do! Thanks...

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival

Posted by on Feb 6, 2013 in Blog |

I’ve worked with Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival on two Arts and Health projects since 2006 and have recently taken part in a podcast talking about my experiences. Here’s the link if you would like a listen. I’m on about minute 41, but do listen to the whole podcast if you have the time, because it’s a fabulous reflection of what The Comedy Festival means to the city, its performers, audiences and those visiting. http://m.soundcloud.com/roger-clegg/dlcf-podcast The BrightSparks: Comedy Asylum best of show will be at The Guildhall in Leicester on Saturday 16th February between 7 and 9pm. We very often sell out, so get in touch on 07908 750187 if you’re interested in coming along. Tickets are only a few pounds. ttfn...

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Guest artist blog – Jo Dacombe

Posted by on Jul 18, 2012 in Blog |

Guest artist blog – Jo Dacombe

 Seeking the Land Unknown in Hinckley I once read a book by Lucy Lippard called “The Lure of the Local”, about returning to places that she knows and how people have relationships to places. So when I set out on a walk with the Friday group from Beauty & Utility Arts, to explore the local area in Hinckley, I was intrigued to see how they might look at their local place and how I, as an outsider, might see it. Before I came I sent the group a map of the area around the Atkins Building, our starting point, with suggestions for several walks that they might like to do. I asked them to choose one. I was hugely encouraged when the message came back that, no, they had not opted for exploring the picturesque or pretty parks or gardens, they had chosen to go through the Industrial Estate to a brook intriguingly named the “Battling Brook”! At that point I knew that this group were true explorers after my own heart! And what an adventure it was! We had a road map to guide us, but if you look on the road map the area that we were interested in was a big blank space, no features mapped there at all. We talked about how, when the first maps were being drawn up and areas of the world remained undiscovered, early mapmakers would leave huge areas blank and simply write “terra incognita” there (meaning “land unknown”). We were in search of our own local terra incognita. It was tricky to locate the exact area of the terra incognita. Many old factories stood there, the old sock factory, and behind it an impressive radio tower which turned out to be part of the National Grid. We had a brief run-in with National Grid’s security who were not amused by our attempts to photograph the tower, and we had to delete the pictures! Feeling rather excited by our new status as agents of espionage, we then went on to explore: through a hole in a fence a vast concrete wasteland, spying a bridge in the distance; we admired a campervan for sale and dreamt of the freedom of the road; we followed a path along a hedge of blackberries promising good foraging for the autumn; and finally located the brook, with tales of boats, one of us had a lovely tale about a boat he nearly bought but returned to find it half submerged, where he believes it still is. Having found the Battling Brook and speculating on how it got its name, we continued by following our noses to find a way back. Katherine was adamant that we must make a circular route and not go back on ourselves, so we wound our way through alleyways (more naming games here, should we call them jetties, passageways, alleys or cut-throughs, and what’s the difference?) and around houses, past a beautiful old church and a dilapidated building with broken windows and...

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