Crafting Relationships

Crafting Relationships, our intergenerational strand of work, has been running since 2012.

Most of our current work is as a delivery partner, together with emh homes, on our local Big Lottery Funded, Ageing Better project Leicester Ageing Together. Scroll through the photos below to get an overview of all the different projects!

 

Spinney Hills radio pay April – June 2017

Writer facilitator and Beauty and Utility Arts Associate, Katie Sone worked with a group of year 7 students from Al Aqsa school and the Leicester Ageing Together elders group at Highfields Community Centre in Leicester to produce a collaborative radio play.

Huge thanks to MGL Media for recording the play and talking us through the techy bits!

Click on the link to hear their masterpiece!

 

 

 

Crafting Relationships for Leicester Ageing Together – Printmaking with Mandeep Dhadialla – March 2017

 

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Crafting Relationships – Leicester Ageing Together – emh homes Wakerley Court and home schooled children Nov – Dec 2016

 

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Crafting Relationships – Leicester Ageing Together – Jameah Girls’ Academy and community members Nov – Dec 2016

 

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Crafting Relationships – Leicester Ageing Together – emh homes Len Hollis Court Court Ur Choice July – Aug 2016
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Crafting Relationships – Leicester Ageing Together – Spinney Hills community members and Focus Charity April – May 2016

 

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Crafting Relationships – Leicester Ageing Together – emh homes Scarborough Court May 2016

 

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Crafting Relationships – Leicestershire County Council Wellbeing Hi 5 – emh homes Prior Park and Lewis Charlton School

 

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Crafting Relationships – NW Leicestershire St. Mary’s Court and emh homes Agar Nook community Centre

 

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Crafting Relationships – Leicestershire County Council Innovation Challenge – emh homes St. Mary’s and local primary school

 

 

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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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival

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.

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Guest blog – Helen Gyngell

Beauty and Utility Arts have been involved with the placing public art with an Arts and Health context into a few Leicester Health Centres now and last Autumn we were pleased to work with Helen Gyngell again at the Melbourne Road Healthcare Centre on Melbourne Road.

If you ever find yourself at any of the healthcare centres in Leicester mentioned in earlier blog posts, pop in and have a look at some of the work we’ve supported and in the meantime, enjoy Helen’s post.
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‘Showcase Smoothie’ anthology launch as part of National Poetry Day

As I’ve mentioned before I am currently very fortunate to be project managing ‘Showcase Smoothie’, an Arts Council England funded, literature and music based project, targeting predominantly young black men with experience of mental health problems.

The project is championed by John Short CEO of Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, Professor Lord Kamlesh Patel of Bradford and Dr Mohammed Al-Uzri and partnered by The University of Leicester, Akwaaba Ayeh, renaissance one, BrightSparks (Arts in Mental Health Group), Beauty and Utility Arts, The Y Theatre and Leicester Adult Skills and Learning College.

This National Poetry Day (October 4th) ….

Come to ‘Lyric Lounge Leicester’ for a stella line up of one-off appearances…From the Emmy award winning, Kwame Dawes to Pauline Black – and THIS – the really, really exciting launch of ‘Poems to Read – before u die’ – The Showcase Collective’s’ already much lauded, debut anthology. Come down, get involved and discover new opportunities for your own development.

Showcase Smoothie, The Anthology Launch

Come on down for the launch of the ‘Showcase Smoothie’ collective’s first anthology!

‘Showcase Smoothie’ literature and music based project, led by Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, is designed to showcase the talent of young black men with experience of mental health issues and has attracted national attention. www.showcasesmoothie.com

The launch will feature members of the collective performing alongside editor, Roy McFarlane and  mentor, Kwame Dawes. Delicious refreshments provided. Mingle and pick up a copy of the book!

WHERE: Central Library, Bishop Street TIMES: From 4.15pm

To reserve your place at this event, contact Project Manager, Katherine Brown at beautyandutilityarts@hotmail.co.uk

The Showcase Collective’s Anthology, ‘Poems to Read – Before u Die’ is being produced and launched in partnership with ‘The Lyric Lounge’ (www.lyriclounge.co.uk) and it’s managing organisation, Writing East Midlands. It has been further supported by ‘Everybody’s Reading’ – Leicester festival of books and reading. Showcase Smoothie is funded by Arts Council England. Follow the project at www.showcasesmoothie.com

The aliens are coming …

Saturday 18th February saw another fantastic performance by the BrightSparks: Comedy Asylum team as part of Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival.

Where else would you witness a farting meditation sketch, Tommy Cooper tribute, a death metal gardening song and aliens to name but a few.

I managed to catch the alien in question for a quick photo opportunity before he went off to take over the world …

  

If the aliens don’t strike, the new set of mental health Arts and Walking workshops start tomorrow. ‘Points of Interest’ will run for seven weeks, based at Beauty and Utility Arts’ office space on Druid Street, Hinckley.

We’ll meet in the office at 1pm, go through the planned routes (one shorter and one longer, catering for all abilities) and then head off either on foot from here or into the minibus and off out to a location within the Borough.

After the walk there is the choice to come back to the workshop and take part in an Arts based activity, inspired by the walks.

So ….

When? 1 – 4pm every Friday for the next 7 weeks (not including Good Friday)

Where? Starting at Beauty and Utility Arts on Druid Street, Hinckley and then off out walking with the option to do an Arts activity later on.

Cost? £2 per person per week

What do you need? Sensible walking shoes, a weather appropriate coat, a camera if you would like to take photographs and a snack and drink to keep you going while we’re out.

How do I get involved? Call or email Katherine Brown on (07908) 750187 or beautyandutilityarts@hotmail.co.uk to book a place and get directions to the office. 

How do I find out about other Arts and Health activities? Follow this blog or the Facebook and Twitter links at the side of the page for fortnightly project updates. Also see the events calendar for upcoming activities.

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