28 Nov Have a Creative Christmas in Norfolk!
Norfolk is known as a creative place and Christmas is nearly here. There is still time to support local artists and organisations. Find 10 suggestions of talented people you can support with your purchase or donation this Christmas season. Then you can find 10 organisations offering opportunities, resources or support to you.
10 Norfolk Artists/organisations you can support this Christmas
Sew By Line | Lots of beautiful eco-friendly gifts. Like these reusable face cloths. I bought myself a set of these a little while ago and they are great to wash your face with and so soft! I don’t wear make-up but apparently they are perfect for make up removal too.
Moo Moos Handy Bags | Great reusable alternatives to wrapping paper and more eco-friendly solutions to storage. I haven’t been able to get anything from here yet but I am certainly eyeing up the advent calendar and one of those face masks.
Charli Vince | Beautiful art pieces, stickers and books and the opportunity to put in a commission if you are quick! I have just put some in for the Christmas season.
Capital Culture Gallery | A wonderful gallery based in Coltishall selling a wide range of work from exciting artists. The picture I have featured here is from Guy Allen’s Lunar Cycle series. So striking!
Make it Merry with Norfolk Creative Collective | An opportunity to contribute to some merry magic!
“The Norfolk Creativity Collective is a group of local arts charities, community groups and other organisations who have joined forces to #MakeItMerry this December.
With the generous support of local artists and creatives, we have put together a 32 page booklet of creative challenges you can do at home.
Our aim is to distribute 16,000 activity packs, including the booklet and the basic art materials needed for the challenges (paper, glue etc), to families and individuals who may not otherwise have the opportunity to engage with their creativity.”
Certainly worth doing!
Pixels & Purls | Give someone the gift of a creative kit. Pixels & Purls offers a great range of patterns to help you replicate their designs. They also offer full creative kits with everything you need for the project. If you know someone who wants to connect with their creative side this is perfect.
Ignis Szy | Norwich themed gifts and various other wonderful postcards, clay houses and even a mindful drawing workshop. Lots on offer 🙂
The Jade Tree | Based on Elm Hill this absolute gem is definitely worth a visit.
Our shop is a welcoming Aladdin’s Cave of delights and testimony to the creative talent of our local community.
“Everything we sell at The Jade Tree is handmade and original. Many are one-off pieces.”
The Norfolk Creative Box | A brilliant idea.
“Locally sourced in Norfolk, affordable products, handmade by artisans – all in an easy online gift box”
Such a neat way to gift these kind of pieces.
Shop online (locally) this Christmas | There are so many creatives and small business based here. On here you will find many of the creatives listed above and many many more with how to find these people online. This makes it easy if you would rather shop from home this year but want to invest locally. Have a search and find the right gifts for your loved ones!
10 organisations offering support and opportunities
It should be said that all of the organisations offering support or resources below also have shops or accept donations. A lot of these resources are offered for free so consider donating if you can.
Christmas Choir with the Norfolk Music Hub | An opportunity to be part of a christmas choir.
“Norfolk Music Hub are delighted to partner with The Come & Sing Company to offer the opportunity to join an online family festive choir in the lead up until Christmas!
These sessions will run from 3.30pm-4.10pm for four weeks on the 22nd November, 29th November, 6th December and 14th December for families across Norfolk, with the emphasis being on well-being.
Don’t worry if you have never tried anything like this before, now is the time to try this from the comfort of your own home together as a family.”
The project has already started but I saw a Facebook post yesterday so I think there is still time to jump in if you want to try it out!
Cup-O-T: Wellness and Therapy Services | This wonderful charity is running the Winter Warmer Campaign focusing on youth mental health. You can donate to support the project or there are the Winter Warmer Workshops. Designed to help “…14-18 year olds living in Norfolk to build a plan for coping with Christmas, family, friends and feelings.”
Never Ending Stories | Story telling resource for families with young kids (although the exercises could be adapted for older kids.) I researched and wrote this pack and I am so proud of it! You can get the whole thing online and for free.
British Sign Language Course | Wanted to learn BSL for a while? Now is the perfect time. This course is available for a range of prices depending on what you can afford and your need. I have been learning BSL this year and it’s been brilliant.
Norfolk Library service | Norfolk Libraries are re-opening at the end of this lockdown so make the most of this brilliant service. I have been using Norfolk Library Service since I was 7 years old and it has always been a big part of my life. You can join online too!
Norfolk Museum’s | Another amazing resource we Nor-folk have. Some great online offers here from the Museum Service.
Watch weekly from Creative Arts East | Some top film recommendations here from Creative Arts East.
Norwich Puppet Theatre Online | More online resources to keep you busy during the school holidays (or your holiday from work!)
Print to the People Lockdown Lessons | Always been interested in printmaking but need it de-mystified? Lockdown lessons are the way to get a look and try it out yourself.
Festival Bridge Let’s Create Packs | Some great activity packs here to get connected with creativity. There are two packs one that was created in the Summer and one in the Autumn.
There is so much on offer in Norfolk and the arts and culture here are a huge part of what makes this county so amazing. Christmas is an opportunity to get creative, shop local, donate if you can and ensure that this vibrant creative scene can continue to thrive long after COVID-19.