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Steps towards creative freedom – Ripon House

Session 1: Plates of Wisdom ’Enabling women here to express their feelings through creative activity is positive, empowering and liberating for them,’ Manager Emma Falks wrote to us. Liberating is a key word as some of the women here have been locked up in prison for years. Ripon House Bail Hostel is a safe space…

Moving On Barleyfields Year 2, Weeks 1-5

     It’s really great to be back at Barleyfields Fulfilling Lives for another year!  We have been greeted with warmth and enthusiasm from all yet again – ‘We’ve been waiting for you!’ said support worker Karen with a big smile as we arrived for our first visit. This year artist Hayley Mills-Styles who specialises in…

MOVING ON – Morley and Middleton

ASIA Musarat and I are delighted to be back with Morley and Middleton group after such a successful project last year. In this project we are exploring Asia through dance, storytelling, song writing, henna, hand movements, gestures, tie dye, collage, textiles and water paints. Week 1 ”Lotus flower” Our project started with the the lotus…

Richmond Hill Moving on Weeks 6-10

Session 6 – Free Machine Embroidery & Physical Warm Up. The focus of this session was to complete some of the activities we started last week. This included finishing our circus stories and having a practice at creating paired still images whilst I took F and did a one to one session on the sewing…

MOVING ON at Naburn Court, sessions 1-5

Our first day back at Naburn after quite a while, and this time I’ll be working alongside Jim. Our group is made up of participants from Naburn Court and Crossgates Centre, all meeting at Naburn for our sessions. I was delighted to see that our group consists of almost all the same people as the…

Moving On – Lilac

New artists, new art forms, new challenges…. This is the first year that Lilac will be working with sound and music. Georgie is the new artist and musician working alongside Milena, a visual artist, who has been coming from time to time to work with Lilac. The theme was an imaginary island but as soon…

Richmond Hill Moving On: Weeks 1-5

Musarat, Maya and I have been working with the wonderful participants from Richmond Hill for the past 5 weeks, exploring the theme of circus and clowning. Our theme has been created based on the current exhibition at Cartwright Hall in Bradford, where a selection of circus inspired costumes and installations are on show. We are…

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Moving On at Morley

MOVING ON- Middleton and Morley Group. AKA: The Dream-catchers! What great memories we have made. I am writing this blog after a splendid performance by the Middleton and Morley group ‘The Dreamcatchers’ for Aspire cultural awareness day in Leeds Irish Centre. The atmosphere in the Irish Centre was amazing and many groups were there to…

Moving On – Bramley Fulfilling Lives, Weeks 5-10

        There is so much to reflect on over the past few weeks at Bramley Fulfilling Lives.  This is a really established centre since artists Ellie and Bryony had been there working their creative magic for the three years preceding.  I was new to come in to the project and I soon learnt…

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Moving On: Morley & Middleton Weeks 1-5

It is a cold morning, Michelle, Milena & Musarat, the 3 M’s arrive at Morley and it is a lovely big space just behind the library with lots of windows and natural sunlight coming through.  There are two Aspire groups that come together, Middleton & Morley –  a fairly big group.  Michelle has already worked…

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