Wiltshire Creative’s Community Programme exists to enrich the lives of people from all backgrounds and of all ages by increasing access to high quality art experiences. We work in partnership with community group and organisations to provide a range of arts opportunities that meet their needs and our shared priorities.
We offer a range of participatory activities for people in the community:
Wiltshire Creative have established two Community Hubs, areas in and around Salisbury where we provide regular arts activities and performances for those who might not otherwise have access to the arts.
Since 2018 we have worked in Bemerton Heath alongside Salisbury City Council’s Community Development Team. Provision has included monthly workshops with the After School Club and Lunch Club; a Family Fiesta as part of Salisbury International Arts Festival; drop in craft workshops; trips to events in Salisbury and theatre performances for families in the school holidays. In September 2019 we began working on a new Hub in Tidworth.
Fortnightly on Fridays
Mind The Gap is an opportunity for older people to meet and explore the creative arts in the safe surroundings of Salisbury Playhouse. The group will meet fortnightly in the foyer for coffee, conversation and creativity!
£5 per session including a hot drink and a snack. Please book online in advance.
For more information, please contact Gjenya Cambray, Community Relationships Officer, via firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are proud to support DANCE SIX-0, a contemporary dance performance company for people approaching and over 60 which works with professional choreographers and Rehearsal Director, Rosalind Conlon on Thursdays from 10.00am - 11.30am.
DANCE SIX-0 also holds friendly and fun weekly open classes on Wednesday mornings at 10:10am and 12:00pm. Led by dance professional, Debbie Lee-Anthony, classes explore movement for all levels of mobility. No previous dance experience necessary.
If you are interested in joining the Company or would like to join our Open Classes, please email email@example.com
Dance Six-0 is supported by Wiltshire Creative.
Wiltshire Creative is one of organisations that make up The Wiltshire Partnership. The Wiltshire Partnership is delighted to have been awarded £99,931 by Arts Council England to deliver a wonderful project called Celebrating Age in Wiltshire. Between 2017-2020, the patnership is committed to delivering arts events in community settings across the county for elderly people unable to access concert halls or theatres.
Celebrating Age offers arts, culture and heritage activity for older people in their own community settings in 6 local areas across Wiltshire (Corsham, Royal Wootton Bassett, Calne, Trowbridge, Amesbury and Salisbury).
Rebecca Seymour, Project Coordinator for Celebrating Age is working alongside arts and community organisations to deliver accessible high quality arts events for those who may feel vulnerable or isolated from their community.
As a pan-arts organisation we are aware of how incredible the impact of high-quality arts events can have a person's well-being. Through Celebrating Age we hope can make this experience accessible to more people and the positive effects will last for even longer when participants share the event with others living nearby.
If you would like to find out more please contact Rebecca at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 07955 249288.
We take great pride in supporting the Salisbury Home Educators group. The group have used our spaces to socialise with other home educating families and explore different themes creatively each month.
Please visit the Salisbury Home Educators Facebook Page for more details.
Well-City Salisbury is about connection – to the arts, to heritage, to our local area, to the landscape and to each other. This partnership project supports people with low to medium mental health needs in the Salisbury area on their wellbeing journey through creative courses and opportunities.
Taking part in a Well-City Salisbury course will enable moments of learning, discovery, curiosity and creativity, all of which are known to have beneficial effects on mental health. You don't have to have any previous experience of even think of yourself as particularly arty or creative to participate!
How it works...
The free 8-week long creative courses, such as photography, textiles and pottery, are delivered by the four project partners- ArtCare at Salisbury District Hospital, The Salisbury Museum, Wessex Archaeology and Wiltshire Creative- and facilitated by staff and local artists experienced in supporting people with mental health needs to take part. Courses are available for both adults (over 20s) and young people (14-19). For a list of current courses see below.
Well-City Salisbury primarily uses a model where participants are referres onto a course by their GP practice, support organisation, community group or school wellbeing team. However, we also welcome self-referrals if that route doesn't work for people and where they currently are on their wellbeing journey.
If you would like to take part in a course, please download and complete the enrolment form and have your referrer get in touch for a referral form then return both to email@example.com. Alternatively, you can self-refer by completing and returning our self-referral enrolment form. Our Participation Criteria will be helpful in determining if Well-City Salisbury’s courses will be a good fit for you. You can take part in a maximum of 2 creative courses per year and we encourage you to stay involved by exploring other project pathways, such as our volunteering programmes.
If you would like to find out more information about the project and creative courses offered, please email our Project Coordinator, Emma, using the above email or get in touch on 07707 296883 (Monday-Wednesday) for a chat.
Well-City Salisbury is funded by The National Lottery Community Fund.
Bookings currently being taken for the following courses:
Creative Writing for Wellbeing with Salisbury Museum
Every Wednesday, 4 May – 22 Jun, 10:30am-1pm
Location: Salisbury Museum
This course will use Salisbury Museum’s outstanding historical collections as the inspiration to explore a range of themes from hobbies to fashion, from home to nature. Throughout the course you will discover different ways to write and build up your confidence. You will also have the opportunity to explore and handle museum artefacts. The course facilitator, Frances Owen, is an experienced creative writer and workshop leader, who will offer gentle guidance throughout the 8-week course.
Suitable for all skill levels, from those just beginning to explore creative writing to experienced writers alike.
Earth Works with Wessex Archaeology
Every Thursday, 26 May – 14 Jul, 6-8:30pm
Location: Various (Old Sarum and other walk locations)
Join Wessex Archaeology experts and artist James Aldridge for a series of walks and creative sessions where you will explore the origins of the city through archaeology and art.
We will take the time to consider the people who were here before us, the stories the land has to tell us and enjoy moments where we come together, using creativity to represent the past, the present and our hopes for the future.
This course includes walking outside over moderately uneven terrain. Walks will be approx. 2 hours long and of a gentle pace with plenty of opportunities to stop and rest.
Inside Out with ArtCare
Every Tuesday, 7 Jun – 26 Jul, 10:30am-1pm
Location: Online via Zoom
Working with artist Grace Dalgliesh, this series of creative sessions will include drawing and trying out different art materials and techniques. Participants will be encouraged to take walks or describe views from windows, record colours of a cloudscape and weather diaries, create abstract patterns from sounds and music and explore ArtCare’s online exhibitions or artwork in their collection to use as inspiration.
No previous experience is necessary and a resource and materials pack will be delivered to each participant so you can join us using sketchbooks and mixed media.
Join us at Salisbury Arts Centre every Friday for a fun workshop exploring a different art form each week, including dance, music, drama and art. These sessions are designed for under 5s and their grown ups to enjoy together!