Create in Nature with John Noble

Participants will be in a small group and go on a creative wellbeing journey, involving connection, visual meditations, forest bathing and seasonal crafts using natural materials. Most activities will be outside, in the wonderful setting of Daffern’s Wood in North Warwickshire. This is a Local Nature Reserve and protected ancient woodland, offering bountiful resources and teaming with wildlife. The nearby community centre will be available for parking and toilet facilities, and will be used for creative activities should the weather not be suitable. However, all sessions will involve some time outside using nature for inspiration and gathering materials for creative activities.

Weekly Activities:
• Week 1 - Mini mandala installation- creating wild artwork from the woodland. Session allows group to explore and engage with the woodland whilst making a piece of work.
• Week 2 - Hapa Zome- introduce group to the varied woodland flora via the ancient artistic practice of Hapa Zome (leaf bashing). Participants take away finished work.
• Week 3 – Weaving, lapsing and tying using natural materials gathered from the wood. Learning about different natural materials and different techniques.
• Week 4 – Making a seasonal artwork using gathered materials and skills learned in previous sessions. Participants can take this work home with them.
Learning Outcomes:
• Gain a better understanding on how working creatively outdoors with nature can benefit you.
• Learn about your local environment and local wildlife.
• Feel more confident in using creative skills to help you unwind and relax.
• Learn some creative techniques and skills that can enhance your wellbeing.
• Meet new people and find out about local creative and volunteer opportunities.

Aimed at: The course is aimed at anyone looking to develop creative and nature inspired outdoor coping strategies that can improve wellbeing.

Course tutors: Escape Arts staff and John Noble
Duration: Four, 2 hour sessions.

Venue address: Daffern’s Wood, Arley – Meeting at Arley & St Michael’s Community Centre, Spring Hill, Arley, Nr Coventry CV7 8HA

To book, contact [email protected]

Creative Ceramics with Ros Ingram

A clay-based wellbeing in nature project, taking participants on a journey exploring the natural environment. This outdoor project will help you connect with and focus on nature, take time out to relax and observe the local wildlife and landscape, using found and natural objects to inspire and create pots and vessels. You will learn and use different techniques to create and decorate clay pots which you will be able to keep.

Aimed at: ​The course is aimed at anyone looking to develop creative and nature inspired outdoor coping strategies that can improve wellbeing.

Course tutors: Escape Arts staff and ceramic Artist Ros Ingram.

Duration: ​Four, 2 hour sessions, beginning on 23rd September and finishing on 14th October.

Venue address: Chilvers Coton Heritage Centre, Avenue Road, Nuneaton, CV11 4LU

If you have previously attended a course at a particular venue, please do not rebook onto the same course, even if you enjoyed the course and would like to participate in the same activities again. Numbers are strictly limited and we would like as many people as possible to have the opportunity to benefit from a course. You are very welcome to book onto a different course on the Arts & Nature programme, or please visit The Recovery and Wellbeing Academy for a wide range of different courses. Thank you for your understanding.

For more information or to book your place, please email [email protected]

Creative Wellbeing in Nature with ARC (Arts & Nature)

This course will focus on building confidence using mindful practices and developing new practical and creative skills. Sessions will include nature based crafts, seasonal gardening and exploring elements in nature in a relaxed outdoor environment.

Aimed at: ​ The course is aimed at anyone looking to develop creative and nature inspired outdoor coping strategies that can improve wellbeing.

Course tutors: ARC staff.

Duration: ​Six, 2 hour sessions beginning on 16th September and finishing on 21st October 2021.

Venue: Packmores Garden, Packmores Community Centre, Lyttelton Rd, Warwick CV34 5EP

If you have previously attended a course at a particular venue, please do not rebook onto the same course, even if you enjoyed the course and would like to participate in the same activities again. Numbers are strictly limited and we would like as many people as possible to have the opportunity to benefit from a course. You are very welcome to book onto a different course on the Arts & Nature programme, or please visit The Recovery and Wellbeing Academy for a wide range of different courses. Thank you for your understanding.

For more information or to book your place, please email [email protected]

Nuneaton’s First Hospital: Public Art Project

Escape Arts are delighted to be working with local artists Spencer Jenkins and Alisha Miller on a public art project based at Manor Hospital, funded through Arts Council England.
We would like to hear from anyone who has memories and experiences to share about the hospital. We would love to hear from both patients and people who worked there too from Nursing staff, Surgeons to Cooks and Porters. If you have pictures that you would be happy for us to share, credited of course, that would be great. To share your stories please email [email protected] We look forward to hearing from you.

Corona Response Projects

Follow the booking link to head on over to our Corona Response Projects page to see our exciting programme of events to support you during the social distancing period. There's lots more in the pipeline so watch this space!

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Stratford Born & Bred – Brand New Exhibition

Come and join us for this fantastic exhibition where seven local people share their stories of Stratford. Exhibition running until December 2019, open Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays 1:30-4:30pm.

Free Lego & Games Cafe

Reopening at the end of February 2020.

Our summer Lego Cafe is back and this time it's bigger and better than ever! Now hosted in the Slaughterhouse and our new outside extension, the Cowshed, we now have more space to let your children's imagination run wild during our FREE Lego and Games cafe.

Youth Cafe

Escape Arts are now hosting a youth cafe, every Thursday and Friday 3:30-5:00pm. Come along and bring your friends, we've got free WiFi and big discounts on food and drink. If you're looking for somewhere to finish your work or somewhere to hang out with friends, this is the place for you!

A Journey Through Time – Permanent Exhibition

Permanent Exhibition - available to view during our opening times on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 1:30-4:30pm in our main exhibition space. Let us take you on a Journey Through Time! In living memory, the Old Slaughterhouse is remembered as part of Hensons butchers, but research has shown that the site was also the home of a flax-dressers, a bakers, a shoemakers and even a Tudor pub! Come and explore the vast history of the site, alongside local and global events, with a focus on the Tudor pub.

Lifting the Lid on Stratford’s Loos – Permanent Exhibition

Permanent exhibition - available to view during our opening times on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 1:30-4:30pm in our toilet gallery! Escape Arts invite you to their latest, albeit tongue-in-cheek exhibition located in the loo of the Old Slaughterhouse Heritage & Arts Centre. In this small, but perfectly formed space, you shall be made privy to Stratford-upon-Avon’s history of local latrines, head-line making toilet paper and poignant potty protests. From Stratford’s smallest gem, it’s Victorian gent's loo on Ely Street to toilet sit-ins at the heart of the community there is a lot to discover. You can even cast your eye over vintage sanitary-wear and advertisements whilst you ‘spend a penny’.

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