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Working with ArtReach – First Reflections

May 3rd, 2019|Comments Off on Working with ArtReach – First Reflections

It’s great to be back at ArtReach, particularly as a permanent member of the team.

You can find out more about me here but I initially discovered the excellent work of ArtReach through Night of Festivals South Asia in 2017 before I joined the team as a Marketing and Communications Assistant in July 2018 on a freelance basis.

This was mostly to help with the marketing and delivery of the 2018 edition of Journeys Festival International across the three cities of Leicester, Manchester and Portsmouth. 

It’s really easy to get stuck in with ArtReach events as there’s so much going on. From catching snippets of the fantastic films screened at Leicester Cathedral to chatting with audiences at the Weekender events, I had such a brilliant time that they couldn’t keep me away.

Although, it’s even more exciting to be part of the friendly team now as there’s been plenty of changes in my absence.

The organisation has settled firmly into its status as an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation and with this, they – or rather, we – have become even more ambitious in growing our local, national and international work. 

From recently working in smaller, more grass-roots organisations like Heaux Noire or Gaysians, this offers a new challenge and the chance for professional growth.

This is also really helpful when working on marketing as it gives the Marketing Manager, Gary, and I plenty to share online including the fact that ArtReach now manages a certain gem in the heart of Leicester – All Saints Church.

A Grade I Listed Building, it’s awe-inspiring to see something old enough to be referred to in the Domesday Book filled with laughter and song as part of our Sofar Sounds event.

There are plenty more events planned for this space but I have to admit to most looking forward to Night of Festivals Hounslow from 15 to 16 June. While 2019 has lots of lively and vibrant events in store, I only just missed out on the colour and buzz of ArtReach’s other key festival strand in the UK capital last year.

Still, I’m more than planning to make up for it this year.

As well as learning more about areas that I hadn’t even anticipated. As a newbie to the arts world, I’ve benefitted from the expertise of Arts and Heritage Consultant, Lynn.

I’ve been lucky to live and work in a city with so many innovative arts and cultural activities as well as in the wider Midlands, but it’s inspiring to understand how ArtReach’s consultancy work is aiding other cities in building communities.

In short, it’s been a brilliant time to properly join the ArtReach team!

Everything you need to know about Corby Mardi Gras 2019!

March 25th, 2019|Comments Off on Everything you need to know about Corby Mardi Gras 2019!

Mardi Gras, traditionally, means fat Tuesday and is celebrated in South America on Shrove Tuesday. In the UK we get pancakes and in South America, it’s carnivals!
Corby’s Mardi Gras is not on a Tuesday and it isn’t a carnival but the basic idea of communities celebrating together remains a core part of the Corby Mardi Gras plans and here you’ll find out everything you need to know about the free event planned for Saturday March 30th.

The Corby Mardi Gras has rapidly established itself as a highlight in the town’s event calendar and this year is set to be bigger than ever. Produced by Leicester based cultural development agency and arts charity, ArtReach, plans for this year’s event includes live music, illuminated woodland walks, free creative arts workshops and a whole host of family friendly fun. All of which take place, in and around The Core at Corby Cube, Thoroughsale and Hazel Woods and the Rooftop Arts Centre with the main action in the James Ashworth VC square (outside the Cube) from 1pm-8pm.

Illuminated Woodland Walks by Same Sky

1pm-8pm
Local choir, Big About Singing will be opening the woodland walks with a rousing vocal performance from 1pm-1.15pm audience members and local walking groups are then set to take a gentle stroll through Thoroughsale and Hazel woods to have a look around the incredible sculptures. Each year, Same Sky, producers of this installation bring an amazing array of unique lantern sculptures to Corby for people to explore and enjoy, with 2019’s display being the biggest to date. Same Sky have also been working with local community groups to create elements for the final sculpture which you’ll only discover by completing the entire walk.

At 6pm participants from workshops and audience members will be joined by mobile brass band, The King Brasstards who’ll lead the public lantern parade as we all take a meander through the enchanting illuminations and woodlands.

Performances

There’s a wide variety of performances from choirs, award winning theatre companies, local performers and professional musicians.

As, Big about Singing, get the woodland walks off to a flying start at 1pm there will also be a free Samba workshop for anyone to join in with at The Core at Corby Cube. This workshop, which is suitable for all ages, will last from 1pm till 3pm and then participants are encouraged to all perform live together at 3.30pm outside The Cube.

At 2.30pm people are invited to enjoy an open air performance by Great Bowden Recital Trust Saxophone choir who are sure to blow away a few cobwebs with their fresh and funky choir which is made entirely of brass instruments!

Award winning theatre company, Highly Sprung, have been working with Made in Corby and selected Corby local’s to create a brand new and street theatre show. Journeys to Home, featuring both professional and local performers it features researched stories into people who have made Corby their hometown. Highly Sprung Theatre Company are renowned for creating mobile street theatre that has wowed audiences across the UK at many outdoor Festivals.
Journeys from Home will be performed outside the Cube, James Ashworth VC Square, at 2pm and again at 4pm and lasts approximately 30 minutes per performance.

Deep Roots Tall Trees, another incredible local choir’ will perform at the entrance to the woodlands at 5.30pm as a build up to the public parade. This year, the public parade will be accompanied by roaming musicians, The King Brasstards, who will add a carnival atmosphere to the big public parade of the day before they wrap up the event with a 30 minute set at 6.30pm in the JAVC square.

The, Same Sky, illuminated sculptures will remain open to the public until 8pm that evening to allow members of the public to enjoy a leisurely stroll through the transformed woodlands. Local school children have been working, with Creative Futures, on an interactive Sound Sculpture which will feature in the woodland sculpture trail, people are invited to join in and experiment with this installation whilst also enjoying the incredible illuminations on offer.

Creative Workshops

Throughout the day there are a number of free creative arts activities that you can drop into and enjoy with friends or family. There’s the, previously mentioned, Samba workshops at The Core from 1pm-3pm.

In the James Ashworth VC square, from 1pm-5pm ARTonomy are creating sculptural headdresses that you can wear during the main event.Over at Rooftop Arts Centre from 1pm-3pm there is the final session for free lantern making workshops. Whilst at Corby Library from 3pm-4pm you can join in mask making workshops all of which are free of charge and a fantastic way to get some of that carnival feeling and colourful creations to wear in the final parade through the woodlands at 6pm.

Corby Mardi Gras 2019 March 30 1pm-8pm

Without a doubt there is plenty of creative fun, top quality performances and many local stories to celebrate at the third annual Corby Mardi Gras and if you’d like to find out more about the event then be sure to follow plans for the event by searching Facebook for Corby Mardi Gras 2019, use #CorbyMardiGras2019 online or visit www.madeincorby.co.uk.

Assistant Producer (Portsmouth)

March 11th, 2019|Comments Off on Assistant Producer (Portsmouth)

Salary £20,000 Pro Rata – Part Time Fixed Term (2.5 days per week May – November 2019)

ArtReach is a dynamic cultural development agency that helps support and drive high-quality arts and heritage initiatives.

ArtReach delivers four key strands of work:

  1. Festival and event creation, programming, production and delivery (see www.nightoffestivals.com and www.journeysfestival.com)
  2. Public art commissioning and project management
  3. Strategic development (including visioning, business planning, fundraising and board development)
  4. Capital cultural project development and delivery (encompassing feasibility studies, development activity and project management)

We are seeking an Assistant Producer to join our team, on a fixed term, part-time basis (2.5 days per week), to support the Producer in the delivery of Journeys Festival International in Portsmouth.

Journeys Festival International Portsmouth will take place from 18th – 27th October 2019.

Closing date is 12pm on Wednesday 27 March 2019 and interviews will be held in Portsmouth on Thursday 4 April 2019. If you have any queries once you’ve read the application pack please e-mail admin@artreach.biz. Phone calls (Leicester number) only if essential please.

The Job Description, Person Specification, and Application Form are available upon request from admin@artreach.biz . Please submit a single page cover letter indicating why you’d like to work with ArtReach, along with a completed application form and Equal Opportunities Form to admin@artreach.biz.

You may also attach a curriculum vitae to support your application if you wish, however all applicants must complete the Application Form. Please note that the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form should be sent as a separate document with your application form and will not be seen by the shortlisting panel.

Assistant Producer (Manchester)

March 11th, 2019|Comments Off on Assistant Producer (Manchester)

Salary £20,000 Pro Rata – Part Time Fixed Term

(2.5 days per week, May – October 2019)

ArtReach is a dynamic cultural development agency that helps support and drive high-quality arts and heritage initiatives.

ArtReach delivers four key strands of work:

  1. Festival and event creation, programming, production and delivery (see www.nightoffestivals.com and www.journeysfestival.com)
  2. Public art commissioning and project management
  3. Strategic development (including visioning, business planning, fundraising and board development)
  4. Capital cultural project development and delivery (encompassing feasibility studies, development activity and project management)

We are seeking an Assistant Producer to join our team, on a 6-month fixed term, part-time basis (2.5 days per week), to support the Senior Producer in the delivery of Journeys Festival International in Manchester.

Journeys Festival International Manchester will take place Thursday 3rd – Sunday 13th October 2019. The Assistant Producer will need to be available for the duration of the festival.

Closing date is 12pm on Tuesday 26 March 2019 and interviews will be held in Manchester on Tuesday 2 April 2019. If you have any queries once you’ve read the application pack please e-mail admin@artreach.biz. Phone calls (Leicester number) only if essential please.

The Job Description, Person Specification, and Application Form are available upon request from admin@artreach.biz . Please submit a single page cover letter indicating why you’d like to work with ArtReach, along with a completed application form and Equal Opportunities Form to admin@artreach.biz. You may also attach a curriculum vitae to support your application if you wish, however, all applicants must complete the Application Form. Please note that the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form should be sent as a separate document with your application form and will not be seen by the shortlisting panel.

Arts & Heritage project brings fresh approach to hidden city centre jewel.

February 28th, 2019|Comments Off on Arts & Heritage project brings fresh approach to hidden city centre jewel.

In the midst of urban development, and the heart of Leicester City Centre, sits a grade 1 listed medieval church which is soon to become a hive of cultural activity. Thanks to a new partnership between Leicester based contemporary arts development agency, ArtReach, and the Churches Conservation Trust, All Saints Church, which is located on Highcross Street, just behind Highcross shopping centre, is now to become centre stage for a wealth of arts projects and activities.

Simon Brown ArtReach Managing Director explained, “In 2018 we were able to use this fantastic building to launch the 6th edition of the annual Journeys Festival International. Which, delivered by ArtReach, explores refugee experiences through great art. We were honoured to hold last year’s Festival launch in the historical setting of All Saints. We hosted an exhibition of visual arts by refugees living in the Calais Camps, an art installation piece from a local refugee artist and had some marvellous live Launch music from local singer, Lydia Unsudimi. We then had the idea that this, often overlooked, historical jewel in the city centre could become a new hub for cultural activity in Leicester.”

Big plans are afoot for the building which has stood in the centre of old Leicester since the 12th century. Maddie Smart, Executive Producer for ArtReach explained the current plans. “Working in collaboration with the Y-Theatre, and thanks to Heritage Lottery funding, the first project in the church, Sanctuaries, will work with a group of young people to explore local historical sites of sanctuary. Then, with professional artists, we will develop their findings into performances, installations and exhibitions all led and created by the young participants. We also have Heritage Lottery funding to further explore the history of the church and to create a sound installation reflecting that history as part of Journeys Festival International this August. Subsequently, plans include a community play as part of a new Night of Festivals event in Leicester in March 2020”.

ArtReach Founding Director and Chair, David Hill, added
“It’s amazing to see the Churches Conservation Trust giving the opportunity for ArtReach and our Festivals to deliver a wide array of cultural heritage and performance projects in a building that’s stood here for around 700 years. It’s so exciting to have the ability to bring this glorious building back into the heart of Leicester’s vibrant arts scene.”
The Sanctuaries project will work with participants that are involved in the Y Theatre and their creations will be shared through public performances and exhibitions later in the year. With a hive of future plans for arts projects and community engagement, it seems that this little known wonder of Leicester’s cultural heritage is, once again, about to feature at the heart of the city’s cultural activity.

Judith Patrick Head of Region – North for The Churches Conservation Trust said “We are delighted that All Saints’, Leicester will host a number of amazing projects by ArtReach which will connect the local community with local history with various forms of modern art.”

Call Out For Artistic & Heritage Collaborators

February 15th, 2019|Comments Off on Call Out For Artistic & Heritage Collaborators

ArtReach is working on an exciting new two-year project to deliver a programme of Arts & Heritage activity in a beautiful Grade 1 listed disused church (All Saints Church) in the heart of Leicester. It’s looking for people to work collaboratively in developing projects and ideas for the space, particularly across the following roles:

  • Local historians / heritage facilitators
  • Heritage Research Volunteers
  • Artists (any artform)
  • Creative Writers
  • Set Designers
  • Theatre Directors
  • Arts / Event Managers

This is general call out to create pool of interested collaborators. We expect a number of freelance and volunteer opportunities over the next 2 years.

Please register your interest by sending a brief summary of your experience and any specific interests within the project to allsaints@artreach.biz
ArtReach has secured a two-year lease from Churches Conservation Trust to turn the currently disused All Saints Church into a thriving cultural venue in the heart of Leicester, to give young people and diverse communities more access to great art, and to develop emerging artists, giving them opportunities to connect with new audiences.

Immediate Projects With confirmed support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, ArtReach will deliver a project to explore the heritage of All Saints Church, the building and its contents, as well as the history of the immediate area. Working with a Heritage Research specialist and a team of local volunteers the project will see the creation of a heritage booklet of local stories and histories, a sound installation and a new piece of community theatre, all responding to and exploring the rich history of the building.  

The second project entitled Sanctuaries: exploring the history of safe spaces, also supported by Heritage Lottery Fund through the national Kick the Dust programme and Y Heritage (through Leicester YMCA), will offer young people the opportunity to create an immersive installation in All Saints Church as part of Refugee Week 2019.

The young participants will work with an artist and a director to design and deliver installations representing their own safe spaces which will be animated by live performance, audio and video.   Future Projects ArtReach is currently developing a mixed model usage for the space, as part of which it will need to test ideas and projects. If you would like to suggest or discuss an idea please get in touch with allsaints@artreach.biz in the first instance.