Ready Steady, Reading Gig-Arts!

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! 

Getting ready for Reading!  

Getting ready for Reading!  

Reading College  

Reading College  

Abbie Cooke, Founder of Gig-Arts, meeting staff and students at Reading College

Abbie Cooke, Founder of Gig-Arts, meeting staff and students at Reading College

Carterton Gig-Arts - A Beautiful Winter's Tale

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. 

 

Abbie Cooke led the events of the day

Abbie Cooke led the events of the day

Gig-Arts Participants  

Gig-Arts Participants  

Creating winter themed artworks  

Creating winter themed artworks  

From left to right - Wendy Dawson CEO of Base 33 with Cllr Chris Holliday, Mayor of Witney and Gig-Arts Founder, Abbie Cooke

From left to right - Wendy Dawson CEO of Base 33 with Cllr Chris Holliday, Mayor of Witney and Gig-Arts Founder, Abbie Cooke

The Carterton Gig-Arts Show  

The Carterton Gig-Arts Show  

Dance celebrations during the Gig-Arts Show  

Dance celebrations during the Gig-Arts Show  

All the participants created artworks to give to the community. The first port of call for the 'giving' of artworks will be the Homestead CareHome in Carterton.  

All the participants created artworks to give to the community. The first port of call for the 'giving' of artworks will be the Homestead CareHome in Carterton.  

The Power of Youth and Art and Music to Heal the World

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.

 

The Power of Youth with Healing Music - Gig-Arts reaches out into the community

The Power of Youth with Healing Music - Gig-Arts reaches out into the community

Celebrating a World of Animal Art

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! 

 

Getting arty for World Animal Day

Getting arty for World Animal Day

Responsible Oxfordshire Business Involvement Network

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

 

The Gig-Arts exhibition stand with Jill Bull, Gig-Arts Trustee  

The Gig-Arts exhibition stand with Jill Bull, Gig-Arts Trustee  

The Mayor of Witney opens the ROBIN event

The Mayor of Witney opens the ROBIN event

(left to right)  Jill Bull, Abbie Cooke and David Bates 

(left to right)  Jill Bull, Abbie Cooke and David Bates 

Abbie Cooke chatting with guests at the ROBIN Event

Abbie Cooke chatting with guests at the ROBIN Event

The Base 33 Charity sharing ideas 

The Base 33 Charity sharing ideas 

Celebrating the Creativity of International Literacy

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. 

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Banbury and Bicester Gig-Arts 2017

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!

Creating the vision for a Gig-Arts Event in Banbury in January 2017  

Creating the vision for a Gig-Arts Event in Banbury in January 2017  

The Colour and Smell of Summer Creativity

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!

Lavender Collage made at Newlands of Stow Care Home  

Lavender Collage made at Newlands of Stow Care Home  

This lavender collage is full of textures - It was made by a wonderful old lady who is blind

This lavender collage is full of textures - It was made by a wonderful old lady who is blind

It is very special to spend time with creative older people in care homes

It is very special to spend time with creative older people in care homes

Strawberry artworks made at Newlands of Stow Care Home  

Strawberry artworks made at Newlands of Stow Care Home  

Having fun making strawberry collages for Wimbledon at The ICE Centre

Having fun making strawberry collages for Wimbledon at The ICE Centre

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