Wednesday 18 July 2012

Joining Forces

Hello there! This is our very first blog post as we embark on an exciting new project. In the last week we have been beaming from ear to ear as we let the news sink in - we have been successful in receiving funding from Arts Council England! Over the summer months we will be working with three organisations who support people affected by homelessness in Manchester; The Booth Centre, Mustard Tree and Life Matters.

We will deliver a hands-on and immersive series of creative workshops focussing on storytelling, printmaking and embroidery. These will be followed by a public exhibition of the work created and opportunities for visitors to participate in drop-in workshops. We've spent the last few days planning our sessions and getting very inky whilst experimenting with printmaking.

Connecting Threads is our debut project as a duo of community arts practitioners. Separately, we have lots of experience of working creatively with different groups including adults with learning disabilities and mental health difficulties as well as children and young people. We have joined forces to make this project happen as we feel that homelessness is becoming an increasingly visible part of urban life in these tough times. We believe that art can help to give marginalised people a voice and that creative expression can positively affect a person's wellbeing.

This is just the beginning. Please follow our progress on this blog as we get things moving!

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