A Message from Marion, Chair of the Board of Trustees
At this time of year Escape Arts are usually busy with lots of different creative and community projects, now we are working in a very different way with a fantastic online creative programme and one-to-one telephone and direct delivery support. The Escape Team are working hard to provide continued support to our many participants both across Stratford District and Nuneaton but like all charities this is a time where we need that little extra help. We are working hard to finance our Covid-19 Response Programme and to ensure the charity can recover which is difficult when over half of our confirmed grant funding has been suspended and all income streams, commissioned work and fundraising events now cancelled. Our Chair of Trustees Marion Fleetwood explains all in this short video. If you can support us no matter how small it would make a big difference and ensure we can become stronger and innovative as a result of these challenges. Our charity works across the community, bringing people together to reduce isolation and improve mental health and wellbeing for all ages. Our services are needed now more than ever. To support please visit: www.paypal.me/escapearts
Escape Arts: Our Covid-19 Journey So Far
We’ve been overwhelmed by the community support since having to suspend our projects due to Covid-19. This video shows all the ways we have adapted & are continuing to support the community during these strange times.
We continue to provide:
- Approximately 18 hours in 1-2-1 contact calls per week
- Targeted Mental Health Consultations, weekly mental health self-care videos & weekly Mental Health Peer Support
- Weekly ‘Cooking at Home’ Videos
- Weekly Creative Project Videos
- Manage digital platforms to supporting our creative health programme
There’s lots to get involved with, contact email@example.com for more information!
ONE: Be Creative
A recent commission from Warwickshire County Council, through the Coventry and Warwickshire Creative Health Alliance has enabled Escape to join forces with Coventry based arts organisation Sitting Rooms of Culture to help scale its current work and launch a new arts collaboration across Warwickshire.
The One project is a creative pack which has lots of creative inspiration for all ages aimed to connect people and spread a positive message of friendship and hope. The pack will be distributed across Warwickshire through hospital discharge teams and through partnership groups supporting our shielded communities. The project will also working closely with George Eliot Hospital in Nuneaton and Warwick Hospital to provide resources for patients and staff teams. To capture this moment in time, those taking part will be invited to share their work which will then be collated and will contribute to public artwork in our hospitals.
View our digital book collating this work and other Covid-19 delivery projects here.
Download here: ONE: Be Creative Pamphlet
Watch Project Artist Kirsty explaining each ONE Project activity here
Cooking with Abbie: Grow Cook & CrEATe
Join our nutritionist Abbie McFarlane every Monday for weekly cooking videos. They will feature easy to do recipes made from store cupboard ingredients and basic equipment. This will focus on encouraging family cooking, wellbeing, skill development and comfort.
The videos will be available to view on our YouTube and social media channels at 4pm every Monday and will be uploaded to Cooking With Abbie’s Video Archive immediately after. Follow the link to see all of Abbie’s brilliant videos!
Happy cooking & don’t forget to send pictures of your cooking creations to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject Cooking with Abbie! For more information, questions or suggestions for videos, contact Abbie at email@example.com.
Escape's Virtual Community Garden Space & Inside Out Biodiversity Project
Our Virtual Community Garden is a place to share our wonderful outdoor work digitally and connect our growing communities during the Covid-19 lock down, all part of our ‘Grow, Cook and CrEATe’ and ‘Inside Out’ projects supported by WCC Public Health and Orbit Housing. This features flowers, food and wildlife guaranteed to inspire and put a smile on your face! Download the Inside Out Biodiversity Project activity pack here.
Our Virtual Garden features blogs and galleries from individuals and groups within the community, including:
- Our award winning Volunteer Gardener Paul Mitchell’s Top Tips
- From Baking to Gardening: Volunteer Roni Carter’s Veggie Patch
- Phil’s Birds Gallery
- Escape Arts Creative Garden Gallery
- Lost the Plot Gallery
- Pathways Life Garden: A Hidden Gem
- Growing Together in Bishopton Gallery
You can also join in with our Virtual Community Garden on Facebook! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Morgana's Make It Sessions
Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 12pm, join us on Instagram for Morgana’s Make it Sessions! Throughout the week, Morgana will be posting an art project live to Instagram in three different stages so you can work on the project in your own time.
Morgana has worked hard to ensure that all materials in the projects are items that can be found in every household, with alternatives suggested. Don’t worry if you miss the broadcast, the videos, along with a physical step-by-step will be published to the Morgana Makes It Video Archive immediately after. Follow the link to see all of Morgana’s fantastic projects.
Keep an eye on our social media channels every weekend to see what Morgana will be making next week. For all questions & art suggestions, contact Morgana at email@example.com. And remember to follow us on Instagram, escape_arts to watch the videos live! Happy creating!
Do you love theatre, music, film, gaming, painting, photography? Would you like to turn a passion into a career?
Our brand new Supporting Talent Programme offers adults 18+ not in employment, education or formal training the opportunity to gain employable skills in cultural industries. The programme has been fully adapted to take place online on Zoom for three months due to the current Covid-19 outbreak. You will get the chance to take part in online arts events, review and research careers, digitally link up with a mentor and much more!
Please have a look at our Supporting Talent Information to find out more about what the course entails.
To sign up for the programme or to find out more, contact Niamh at firstname.lastname@example.org or Karen at email@example.com
Spiral Waves is our new lockdown creative arts project that we hope you will join in with. There’s lots of ways you can be involved, simply by creating spirals with whatever you have to hand. So if you have wool and like to knit or crochet, why not make some spiral granny squares? Or a collage with your old magazines or packaging? Maybe you have paints and paper to create something lovely, or simply pens or pencils for an amazing doodle? Or simply arrange the plant pots in your garden into a wonderful spiral.
Why a spiral and what do I do with my spiral? Please follow this link to see more about it all, more about how to get involved and lots of suggestions and lovely pictures. We’d like everyone to keep in touch whilst it’s sensible to physically stay apart, so let’s all wave at one another, have fun and keep our communities connected!
Top Tips to Wellbeing with Abbie McFarlane
We are delighted to introduce Keeping Well with Abbie McFarlane. Each week Abbie will be posting her ‘Top Tips to Wellbeing’ videos and hosting an online wellbeing chat every Monday at 11am to help during these difficult times. Supported by Orbit Building Communities.
To get involved with the online chat, just get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you the joining instructions. Enjoy the video below and please let us know your thoughts.
Follow the link to see Abbie’s Keeping Well Video Archive for fantastic videos including Abbie’s top 10 tips to wellbeing, the stress bucket & managing anxiety and Abbie’s top tips to get a good night’s sleep!
The ONE Project is a collaborative project between Escape and Sitting Rooms of Culture which aims to help people keep creative and feel connected during these unusual times we’re living in. The Project takes the form of a creative pamphlet which has activities such as Sofa Secrets (the stories your sofa could tell!), origami birds, PENdemic art postcards to create & send to a friend and even emoji quizzes to do with those around you.
We’re also inviting people who are taking part in the project to take photographs of their work and post them in our ONE: Be Creative Facebook group, which you can join here. If you would like to get involved in the project and would like a creative pamphlet, contact email@example.com.
What our visitors say...
We had a lovely time visiting, enjoying the exhibits and tea & cake! Yummy! We think Emma and the team are first class… Keep shining!
The Timlins, Leamington Spa
Love this gorgeous find! A warm welcome and a step back in time, sprinkled with art!
The Johnsons, Saffron Walden
I’m an American tourist and this is the BEST place I have visited in England! They were so generous and welcoming! 100 out of 10 would recommend!
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