Festival Bridge is “…one of ten national Bridge organisations who have secured investment from Arts Council England and the Department for Education to connect children and young people with great arts and culture. We work across Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Peterborough and Suffolk, supporting and developing strong cultural education networks and partnerships, ensuring children and young people’s creative and cultural experiences are the most valuable they can be and acting as a leading hub of useful information to inspire cultural education practitioners.” They together with their Local Cultural Education Partnerships, 64 Million Artists, and Norfolk Museums have created two creative inspiration packs to help encourage families to be creative everyday. I was so happy to be commissioned to contribute to one of these packs.
– Encourages everyday creativity for EVERYONE, whether or not they think of themselves as “creative”
– It’s great for the summer holidays but equally good for any time
– Suitable for a wide age range – should work for BOTH children with their grown-ups AND older young people on their own
– The activities cover a wide range of art forms and require minimal or no extra materials
– The emphasis is on getting it out there to enable joy and fun
I have been thinking for a long time about creating a workshop/resource around the senses. In particular using a grounding exercise as a starting point for creativity. When I saw this opportunity come up to design an activity for a resource pack I instantly applied. I was delighted to be selected as one of the 25 artists commissioned. It was the perfect place for me to explore connecting wellbeing and creativity.
5: Acknowledge FIVE things you see around you.
4: Acknowledge FOUR things you can touch around you.
3: Acknowledge THREE things you hear.
2: Acknowledge TWO things you can smell.
1: Acknowledge ONE thing you can taste.
The process was simple as I had a clear idea of what I wanted to achieve. The pack would be widely circulated therefore it was really important that the activities were accessible to everyone. This made me look at how to adapt the exercises for people who didn’t have access to all of their senses. It was an interesting challenge that improved the quality of the resource.
Once it was completed I submitted the content and their team designed the beautiful layout.
I will definitely be continuing this work. In fact, I am currently working on another online resource which uses the grounding exercise as a basis for creativity. I am excited to see how this work develops as I find more opportunities to do so.
The best thing of all? It is being delivered ahead of the summer holidays to up to 18,000 families! On this page, you can see the front page (which I had nothing to do with but I think looks incredible) and you can see my finished activity page. Make sure and go to their website to look at the full pack and look at the other brilliant activities. You can see the complete pack on the Festival Bridge website It feels amazing to be part of something like this.
As they say above the emphasis is on having fun and getting creative however, as with all creative projects, feedback is important! So if you give it a go then let them know what you think of it.