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 email@example.com.
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 10.15am - 11.45am.
DANCE SIX-0 also holds friendly and fun weekly open classes on Wednesday mornings at 10am and 12pm. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com 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 a partnership project supporting people with mental health needs on their wellbeing journey through creative courses and opportunities. The project is about connection – to the arts, to heritage, to our locality, to the landscape and to each other – and will create moments of learning, discovery and curiosity which will impact positively on participants’ mental health and the wider community.
Well-City Salisbury brings together the combined experience and unique skills from four organisations across Salisbury: ArtCare (AC), The Salisbury Museum (TSM), Wessex Archaeology (WA) and Wiltshire Creative (WC). The project uses a referring model that will see us working with primary care providers, third sector organisations, and other referring partners to offer a menu of creative and cultural engagement opportunities delivered by local artists and creative practitioners to support people experiencing poor mental health.
Key aims of the project include:
• Making a positive change to the mental health of everyone involved in the project
• Utilising the combined strengths of the four partner organisations to become an exemplar model of creative cultural and heritage intervention
• Creating a legacy of experienced artists, facilitators and volunteers who will work to benefit those with a mental health need in their community
• Strengthening the local community to continue to make connections and partnerships designed to improve mental health support services in Salisbury and across Wiltshire
Information about the courses coming soon ….
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 or 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 uses a model where participants are introduced to the project and signposted onto a course by their GP practice, support organisation or community group. If it’s your first time applying to take part in a course, we’re not able to accept self-referrals. If you would like to enrol on a course, please download and complete the enrolment form and have your signposter get in touch for a support form then return both to firstname.lastname@example.org. Our Guidelines for who our courses are ideally suited for will also be useful in determining if Well-City Salisbury is a good fit for you.
If you’ve already taken part in a Well-City Salisbury course and would like to enrol in a second, you don’t need to be introduced by your GP or a support organisation. Please download the self-referral enrolment form, complete it and return it to email@example.com. You can take part in a maximum of 2 creative courses over the 3 years of the project (2022-2024). After this, we encourage you to stay involved by exploring other project pathways, such as our mentored 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, 9am-5pm) for a chat.
Well-City Salisbury is funded by The National Lottery Community Fund.
Bookings currently being taken for the following courses:
A Journey into Print & Book Art with ArtCare
Every Wednesday, 26 Jan – 16 Mar, 1:30-4pm
Location: SP2 Hope Centre, Fisherton Street
Join ArtCare and artist Tamsin Loveday for a series of creative sessions where you will explore materials, techniques and the process of expressive printmaking and book art.
This 8-week course is designed to encourage enjoyment and expression through of a variety of printing approaches. You’ll have the opportunity to discover abstract mark making, word imagery and a range of book making methods to shape a unique and personal project.
Earth Works with Wessex Archaeology
Every Wednesday, 23 Feb – 13 Apr, 10am-12:30pm
Location: Various (Wessex Archaeology, artist studio, Old Sarum and other walk locations)
Join Wessex Archaeology experts and artist Suzie Gutteridge 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.
Our project partner Wiltshire Creative are currently delivering a creative course for young people working with a further education provider. We will be delivering more courses for young people in the future working with a range of different support organisations and signposters.
Details of courses starting in Apr-Jun 2022 coming soon.
Follow us on Twitter @WellCitySals to keep in touch and hear about what the project is up to!
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!