Create in Nature at Caldicott Park, Rugby

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 Caldicott Park in the centre of Rugby. all sessions will be outside using nature for inspiration and gathering materials for creative 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 – Mini den building- group to work individually or in groups to build a natural den in miniature, using materials from the woodland.
Week 4 & 5 – Nature weaving looms- group explore different ways to create a woven nature art piece and make pieces to take away.
Week 6 – Individual art piece- individuals create an art piece from the skills they have learned.

To book, contact [email protected]

Tai Chi & Meditation at Lifeways Garden, Stratford-upon-Avon

This FREE 6-week course introduces the ancient practices of Tai Chi and meditation whilst in a small friendly group working. The course will take place at Lifeways in the private rear garden, using the lawn and covered gazebo and all sessions will be outdoors. The group will learn about different mindfulness techniques, including standing meditation (Nei Gong), walking mediation and seated mediation, and using emotional intelligence with a focus on Yin postures (for kindness, compassion, patience and tolerance) and Yang postures (for courage, resolve and determination). We will learn Chi Gung – soft gentle breathing and stretching exercises; and a simple Tai Chi form. The sessions will include 20 minutes at the end for the group to discuss their learning experiences over a cup of tea.

The course is suitable for all ages, abilities (including complete beginners) and people of all fitness levels. Participants should wear comfortable and loose-fitting clothing to allow free movement and trainers or flat shoes. No equipment or past experience is necessary. The sessions will take place outside, so please dress accordingly and apply sun lotion. We can use a large covered outdoor area for shade from sun or rain. To book, contact [email protected]

Blooms to Batik, Owen Street Community Arts Centre, Atherstone

This free 6-week course takes inspiration from our natural environment, through observation and engagement with the flowers, plants and wildlife on our doorstep to develop your creative skills and enhance your well-being. The course will take you on a journey using nature as the starting point to develop designs, whilst using a sketchbook as a creative diary, and will give you the opportunity to explore colour transfer and resist techniques and, in particular, learn about batik – an Indonesian art form – to create your own original artworks on both paper and fabric.

The course is suitable for adults of any ability, including those who have little or no experience of making art. The sessions will be in a small group and will be outside as much as possible, with time outside exploring the nearby natural environment and creating art outside (but with a warm and dry indoor space for making art as required). All materials will be provided by Escape Arts. Participants will create their own artworks to keep.

To book, contact [email protected]

Tangible & Textural – Owen Street Community Arts Centre, Atherstone

To fully experience the outdoors we need to touch and feel life around us. Examining the tactical qualities in what we can see.
Exploring the notions of visually describing what we touch - how do we draw the notion of ‘spiky’ when thinking about thistles, teasels, brambles, nettles - ‘delicate’ rose petals, dandelion seeds, lacewing moths and blue butterflies? What materials should we explore when we consider slimy, shiny worms and slugs, gnarled, crumbling wet wood or hard smooth pebbles.

The course is suitable for adults of any ability, including those who have little or no experience of making art. The sessions will be in a small group and will be outside as much as possible, with time outside exploring the nearby natural environment and creating art outside (but with a warm and dry indoor space for making art as required). All materials will be provided by Escape Arts. Participants will create their own magnificent artworks to keep. To book contact: [email protected]

Magnified & Magnificent – Stockingford Community Centre

This free 5-week course uses observations of the nature around us coupled with learning different art techniques to help support your mental health. To really understand the beauty of the world around us and what our garden or local outdoor space has to offer us, we need to really LOOK at and into our environment. To go beyond the instant colour, shape and texture and to examine closely our microscopic world through magnified eyes. Using fine line pen and wash, graphite sticks and rubbers, charcoal, felt tips, biros, mono printing and found materials as drawing tools and drawing mediums we will create a series of enlarged images of overlooked and unseen nature.

The course is suitable for adults of any ability, including those who have little or no experience of making art. The sessions will be in a small group and will be outside as much as possible, with time outside exploring the nearby natural environment and creating art outside (but with a warm and dry indoor space for making art as required). All materials will be provided by Escape Arts. Participants will create their own magnificent artworks to keep. To book contact [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!

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