Gig-Arts is really looking forward to holding a creative enterprise event with art, music and drama students from Reading College. Held at the Reading Studio of Dramatic Art, it is poised to be an exciting event! Get ready Reading!
Scores of students from Abingdon and Witney College joined forces with members of the ICE Centre in Carterton to celebrate 400 years since the birth of William Shakespeare. This special Gig-Arts Event had the theme of 'winter' and to demonstrate this, the students created beautiful winter scene artworks and put on a show based on Shakespeare's 'A Winter's Tale.' The Mayor of Witney came to support the event, as did representatives from the Homestead Care Home in Carterton.
It has been a busy time for Gig-Arts with all the fun of Halloween and the prospect of Bonfire Night on the horizon. Our community groups, both young and old, have been creating happy Halloween artworks and firework collages. It's been a Big Bang success!
At Gig-Arts, we help young disadvantaged artists and musicians of all abilities to gain enterprise skills, perform live on stage and volunteer in their local community. Our focus is on helping young people to use their creative talent to a earn a living.
We've found that one of the best ways for artistic musical people to build career confidence is through collaborating in teams. Working in a group is supportive - and it's more fun. Our groups of Gig-Arts participants regularly go out into their local community to showcase their talent. This spreads creative enthusiasm and love to the people they encounter. When our Gig-Arts groups reach out into the community, they help to combat loneliness, isolation and exclusion. This is the power of our Gig-Arts young leaders of tomorrow.
Music that is performed by young people has enormous power to heal. Music Therapy is tried and tested and is an established success in hospitals. Likewise, the beauty of the visual arts uplifts and heals. Uniting the power of enthusiastic youth with the power of healing Arts is the epitome of Gig-Arts. If you want join in with us, check out our website www.gig-arts.org.
To celebrate World Animal Day, our friends at the ICE Centre in Carterton enjoyed an exciting afternoon of Gig-Arts Activities. With paint pots at the ready and paint brushes in hand, everyone jumped into the theme of creating amazing murals of animals. The group decided to paint a lion, giraffe, cow, horse, elephant - and a pair of monkeys! Well done to all those involved!
The ROBIN Networking Event at the Corn Exchange in Witney last night was a wonderful opportunity for Gig-Arts to mix with local businesses and good causes. The Mayor of Witney, Cllr Chris Holliday, endorsed the event, conversations flowed and exciting plans were made. It was a great success and our sincere thanks go to the ROBIN volunteer team for making it happen. Check out their link - www.robinoxford.org.uk
All around the world, International Literacy Day is being celebrated. It is a great gift to be able to read and write. It is an essential foundation for creative expression. At Gig-Arts we've been creating artworks using the alphabet. At Newlands of Stow residential home, our young-at-heart ladies in their 80s have delicately painted alphabet trees. At the ICE Centre in Carterton our special needs groups have had fun drawing colourful green trees with stick-on letters that spell out their names.
As a part of the Gig-Arts Heart of England Tour, we are creating the vision for a series of Events. A prime location for a Gig is Banbury. It is a creative hub, full of young creative people of all abilities who love the arts, music and drama. Banbury is also home to an exciting venue, the Mill Arts Theatre, and plans are being drawn up to hold a Gig-Arts Event at this theatre in January 2017. The post-event outreach opportunities in Banbury are also abundant with a multitude of businesses, schools and care homes - It's poised to be a great success!
It has been a jubilant July. Abbie Cooke was invited to be a guest speaker at the Faculty of Arts Day for the visual and performing arts teachers at Reading, Oxford, Banbury and Bicester College. Her inspiring talk has paved the way for an exciting plan to hold a series of Gig-Arts Events for the college students and community arts groups in the area.
The summer is full of colour and the bright purple lavender has been a great source of inspiration in July. Our art classes were full of flowers, fun and fragrance. Lavender has a very distinct smell and this was a very special experience for one of our class attendees, a wonderful old lady who is blind. This past month, we also enjoyed the theme of Wimbledon and our groups enjoyed making colourful collages of strawberries and cream to accompany the tennis. Everyone gained new skills with the collage creations and enjoyed working with the relaxing sweet smelling lavender - Well done!