Banbury Gig-Arts Visits West Bar Vets

The Banbury Gig-Arts Project is in full swing with a highlight visit to the newly refurbished West Bar Veterinary Hospital in Banbury. The visit was designed to inspire young people of all abilities to gain confidence, develop employability skills and find work experience opportunities.

During their visit, participants enjoyed a tour of the veterinary hospital where they met two dogs and a cat. They also gained inspiration from the veterinary staff who encouraged them to work hard and reach for their dreams.

This visit follows a series of monthly gatherings across Banbury at the Mill Arts Centre, the Frank Wise School, Second Time Around, Redlands Day Care Centre and Banbury Style Acre. The Banbury Gig-Arts participants have gained enormously from the Project. They have also enjoyed helping to make a beautiful life-sized clay horse head sculpture with the master sculptor, Carl Payne, who sculpted the famous Banbury Horse Sculpture at Banbury Cross. The horse head has been toured around Banbury over the past five months.

Sophie Hanmer, Veterinary Surgeon and Partner at West Bar Veterinary Hospital said: “ This is an exciting project! We care for a full range of domestic pets and large farm animals, so it is highly appropriate that we should host the stunning Banbury Horse Head Sculpture.”

 

Gig-Arts at West Bar Vets 

Gig-Arts at West Bar Vets 

Unveiling the Horse Head Sculpture at West Bar Vets in Banbury 

Unveiling the Horse Head Sculpture at West Bar Vets in Banbury 

Meeting the cats at West Bar Vets 

Meeting the cats at West Bar Vets 

Gig-Arts Participants at West Bar Vets in Banbury

Gig-Arts Participants at West Bar Vets in Banbury

Meeting the veterinary surgeon and her dog at West Bar Vets 

Meeting the veterinary surgeon and her dog at West Bar Vets 

Learning about caring for animals at West Bar Vets 

Learning about caring for animals at West Bar Vets 

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Oxford Gig-Arts

Gig-Arts held a dynamic Creative Enterprise Gig-Arts Event at the City of Oxford College Dance Studio on Thursday 16th March 2017. More than forty creative college students, of all abilities, took part. The students teamed up to gain enterprise skills, create colourful artworks and put on an exciting stage show for the local community. The theme for this event was 'Dance' - And to celebrate this genre of the Arts there was a glittering showcase from world-class Tango Dancers, Miriam Orcutt and Dante Culcuy, founders of the Oxford Tango Academy.  

Abbie Cooke, Founder of Gig-Arts said: "Gig-Arts Events are an excellent opportunity for young people in the Arts to learn how to develop their talents and forge a career in the Creative Industries.”  Miriam Orcutt and Dante Culcuy were delighted to be the guest stars at the event and exclaimed, “It is a pleasure to inspire young people to express themselves through dance and encourage them to follow their dreams."

Chris Hyde, Director at the City of Oxford College, and Co-organiser of the event added: "The Oxford Gig-Arts Event is an ideal opportunity for our creative arts students to gain the confidence and expertise required to gain employment. The combination of enterprise training and community outreach offered by Gig-Arts fits well with our objective to ensure our students are employment ready."

Special thanks goes to the Oxford Gig-Arts Event sponsor, Dare Investments. Martin Dare, Managing Director of Dare Investments, who commented, " Dare Investments and I are delighted to be part of Oxford Gig-Arts. The City of Oxford College provides an important role in the education ladder - Bridging the gap between skilled professionals, business and education - An area of the UK economy that the Government is enthusiastically promoting." 

Following the Oxford Gig-Arts Event, the impact of the day rolls on. Dance inspired artworks from the event have been presented to Oxford-based charity Yellow Submarine. And the colourful wooden sculptures that the students collaboratively made on the day, are being presented to a local school. 

This Oxford Gig-Arts Event marks the grand finale of a trio of events held in partnership with Activate Learning - Events have been held over the past four months at Banbury and Bicester College and at Reading College. A huge thank you to everyone involved!

Gig-Arts Team ( left to right) - Tango Dancers Dante & Miriam, Abbie Cooke Founder and CEO of Gig-Arts , Chris Hyde Director at The City of Oxford College, Martin Dare event sponsor and Jem Tyler Head of Music at Gig-Arts.

Gig-Arts Team ( left to right) - Tango Dancers Dante & Miriam, Abbie Cooke Founder and CEO of Gig-Arts , Chris Hyde Director at The City of Oxford College, Martin Dare event sponsor and Jem Tyler Head of Music at Gig-Arts.

Performing Arts Students from the City of Oxford College creating colourful artworks to give to a local school.

Performing Arts Students from the City of Oxford College creating colourful artworks to give to a local school.

Great collaboration - Students creating colourful artworks for the community.

Great collaboration - Students creating colourful artworks for the community.

A performing arts student gaining creative enterprise skills and advice.

A performing arts student gaining creative enterprise skills and advice.

The Gig-Arts teams creating Tango Dance inspired artworks to give to the Yellow Submarine Charity in Oxford.

The Gig-Arts teams creating Tango Dance inspired artworks to give to the Yellow Submarine Charity in Oxford.

The Oxford Gig-Arts Show!

The Oxford Gig-Arts Show!

Great dances moves in the Oxford Gig-Arts Show!

Great dances moves in the Oxford Gig-Arts Show!

Jem Tyler, Head of Music at Gig-Arts, inspires the audience

Jem Tyler, Head of Music at Gig-Arts, inspires the audience

Gig-Arts Sponsor, Martin Dare, shakes hands with Directors from the City of Oxford College

Gig-Arts Sponsor, Martin Dare, shakes hands with Directors from the City of Oxford College

Miriam & Dante, Special Guest Tango Dancers, perform and then enjoy the rest of the Gig-Arts Show. 

Miriam & Dante, Special Guest Tango Dancers, perform and then enjoy the rest of the Gig-Arts Show. 

Coming Soon - Banbury Gig-Arts visit to the Second Time Around Furniture Restorers

We're looking forward to inviting our Banbury Gig-Arts participants to join us again on Tuesday 21st March from 12 until 3pm. This second outreach visit will be to the Second Time Around furniture restorers in Banbury. A bus will be taking participants from the Banbury College Reception to the Furniture Restorers at 12.45 pm - It's going to be a fantastic afternoon and work experience opportunity! Special thanks goes to our funders, the European Social Fund, Futures and the Skills Funding Agency.  

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The Second Time Around Furniture Restorers in Banbury -  A great work experience opportunity for everyone who loves to be Creative! 

 

Banbury Gig-Arts - Outreach visit to the Frank Wise School

Gig-Arts had a fantastic February afternoon event at the Frank Wise School in Banbury! Student participants from our launch event, which was held at the Banbury Mill Arts Centre in January, joined us again for another exciting work experience opportunity. Everyone registered for the event and then one-to-one discussions took place to explore ' how creative talents can be applied in the workplace.' There was then a formal presentation of the Gig-Arts Banbury Horse Head Sculpture which had been collaboratively made by the student participants. Dean Cooke, Head of the Frank Wise School Sixth Form Centre, received the sculpture from Abbie Cooke, Founder of Gig-Arts. The event concluded with everyone at the sixth form centre enjoying an opportunity to watch the Banbury Gig-Arts video - and to take part in a live music and dance finale! Our special thanks go to our funders, the European Social Fund, Futures and the Skills Funding Agency. 

 

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Registering for the event. 

 

 

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Participants gather to discuss their talents and work opportunities  

The presentation of the Gig-Arts Banbury Horse Head Sculpture

The presentation of the Gig-Arts Banbury Horse Head Sculpture

Everyone thought the Horse Head Sculpture looked fantastic! 

Everyone thought the Horse Head Sculpture looked fantastic! 

The whole six form enjoyed watching the Banbury Gig-Arts Video

The whole six form enjoyed watching the Banbury Gig-Arts Video

Planning for the future with the students  

Planning for the future with the students  

Making friends at Gig-Arts  

Making friends at Gig-Arts  

The Banbury Gig-Arts Project

Gig-Arts partnered with Banbury & Bicester College to put on a Creative Enterprise Gig-Arts Event at the Mill Arts Centre on Tuesday 24th January, which was funded by the Skills Funding Agency, Futures and the European Social Fund.

Young people, of all abilities, who are looking for a job in the Creative Industries, gathered from across the college from disciplines including performing arts, fashion, visual art and media. Being a fully inclusive event, the students were accompanied by young people from Style Acre SABRe, the Redlands Centre and the Frank Wise School Sixth Form.

The Banbury Gig-Arts Event was a dynamic day where participants teamed up to gain enterprise skills, create a collaborative artwork and put on an improvised stage show for the local community. There was a special guest appearance from the sculptor of the famous Banbury Cross Horse Sculpture, Carl Payne, who orchestrated a teamwork game where all the participants collaboratively made their own Banbury horse head out of air-drying clay.

Abbie Cooke, Founder of Gig-Arts, who is running the Banbury Gig-Arts Project said: "This project promises to be an excellent opportunity for young people in the Arts to build confidence and learn how to make a living and make a difference. We’re immensely grateful for our partners and sponsors and to the wider support of the Banbury business community for helping to bring this project together. 

Iain Landles, Director for Creative Arts at Activate Learning, the organisation which runs Banbury College, said: "The Banbury Gig-Arts Project is an ideal opportunity for our creative arts students to develop their confidence, technical and employment skills. The combination of enterprise training and community outreach offered by Gig-Arts fits well with our objective to ensure our students are well equipped for their future careers."

Following the launch Banbury Gig-Arts Event, the impact of the day rolls on. The Banbury Horse Sculpture from the event will go on tour around Banbury from February to June 2017. This tour will introduce the Gig-Arts participants from Banbury College, Style Acre SABRe, the Redlands Centre and the Frank Wise School Sixth Form to a wide range of work experience opportunities.

The first port of call for the outreach tour is the Frank Wise School Sixth Form on the 21st February.  Then on the 21st March, the students will present their horse sculpture to Second Time Around, a local furniture restoration charity in Banbury. The tour then continues with a visit to Ellacotts Chartered Accountants on the 25th April; followed by a presentation of the horse head sculpture to the West Bar Veterinary Surgery on the 23rd May; and concludes with a grand finale at the Bloxham Mill Business Centre on the 6th June. 

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Abbie Cooke introduces the Banbury Gig-Arts Project. 

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Participants took part in a teamwork games and enjoyed making a Banbury Horse Head sculpture. 

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Participants at the Banbury Gig-Arts Event. 

Rehearsing for the Gig-Arts Show with students from Banbury College.

Rehearsing for the Gig-Arts Show with students from Banbury College.

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Musical entertainment at the event. 

The Gig-Arts Giving Ceremony - Abbie Cooke presents the Banbury Horse Head to Dean Cooke from the Frank Wise School Sixth Form. 

The Gig-Arts Giving Ceremony - Abbie Cooke presents the Banbury Horse Head to Dean Cooke from the Frank Wise School Sixth Form. 

Gig-Arts: Mill Arts Centre, Banbury. January 24th, 10am to 3pm

Watch our video of the recent gig at Reading to see what's in store!

In association with Activate Learning this dynamic interactive event is for young people of all creative abilities. You will gain enterprise skills, confidence, self-belief and the knowledge that your creative talent can make a difference to your community. 

BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW!

Contact: Abbie Cooke, Gig-Arts abbie@abbiecooke.com 

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Gig-Arts Giving in Carterton

Congratulations to everyone who took part in the Gig-Arts Giving Ceremony at the Homestead Carehome in Carterton this week. Heather Hill, the Activities Co-Ordinator at the Homestead said: "Thank you for the beautiful artworks. They're wonderful! We feel really  privileged and happy. We'll give them pride of place. Thank you!" 

Gig-Arts Giving at the Homestead Carehome in Carterton

Gig-Arts Giving at the Homestead Carehome in Carterton

2016 Reading Gig-Arts Event

More than forty students from Reading College, all of whom are looking for a career in the visual and performing arts, came together for the 2016 Reading Gig-Arts Event. The students teamed up to gain enterprise skills, create colourful artworks to tour around Reading, and put on a stage show for the local community.

The event opened to loud applause and an inspirational talk by Abbie Cooke, founder of Gig-Arts. Everyone started thinking about their talents, achievements and opportunities.

Next, the participants created artworks to give to their local community. The green team created an amazing tree sculpture. The blue team created an impressivesculpture entitled, Scales Of Justice. The red team created a life-sized Human Of Love and the yellow team made a striking Teamwork Figure.

Gaining further inspiration, the students were brilliantly entertained by the Gig-Arts guest musician, Jem Tyler, who got everyone singing along with his tunes.

In the afternoon, the intense focus was on planning and rehearsing for the Gig-Arts Show. Then to everyone's delight, the LLDD audience arrived for the Reading Gig-Arts Show! To a packed house, the students stepped into the spotlight.

The participants said:  

  “It was motivating – Giving you belief that you can make it as an artist, if you try hard enough.”

 “It allowed me to meet students from other courses and share ideas."

“For my career, I would love to be part of Gig-Arts!”

“It was awesome!”

“I was surprised how quickly we could put on a performance and I’m really happy how our group got along.”

 “We learned how to bring different people’s skills together.”

 “We learned how say, “yes” to opportunities!”

 "The audience loved it!"

Abbie Cooke said: "We are delighted to partner with Reading College. This event was an excellent opportunity for young people in the Arts to learn how to make a living and make a difference."

Phil Lucas, Director for Creative Arts at Activate Learning, said: "The Reading Gig-Arts Event was an ideal opportunity for our creative arts students to develop their confidence, technical and employment skills. The combination of enterprise training and community outreach offered by Gig-Arts fits well with our objective to ensure our students are well equipped for their future careers."

Special thanks goes to the Reading Gig-Arts Event sponsor, Dare Investments. Martin Dare, Managing Director of Dare Investments said: " As a Reading College Alumni, it is a particular pleasure to support Gig-Arts and Abbie Cooke as she empowers students to express themselves and excel in their chosen artistic niche of expertise."

Following the Reading Gig-Arts Event, the impact of the day rolls on. The four student-made artworks from the event will go on tour around Reading from January to March 2017. The first port of call for the artworks is the LLDD Special Needs Facility. Then in February, the artwork tour will be moved on to the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading.

The 2016 Reading Gig-Arts Event also marks the first of a trio of events held in partnership with Activate Learning’s colleges. Events are being planned for next year for art, music and drama students and special needs arts enthusiasts at Banbury College and at the City of Oxford College.

A warm welcome

A warm welcome

Enterprise training and encouragement from Abbie Cooke  

Enterprise training and encouragement from Abbie Cooke  

Creating sculptures to 'give' to the community

Creating sculptures to 'give' to the community

Each of the four teams painted their sculptures which will be toured around Reading in 2017. 

Each of the four teams painted their sculptures which will be toured around Reading in 2017. 

Participant practicing for the Gig

Participant practicing for the Gig

Musical entertainment for the participants

Musical entertainment for the participants

The 'Teamwork' show full of dance and passion 

The 'Teamwork' show full of dance and passion 

Powerful singing during the 'Equality' show

Powerful singing during the 'Equality' show

An expressive Gig-Arts performance about Equality  

An expressive Gig-Arts performance about Equality  

Beautiful poems from team 'Simplicity' 

Beautiful poems from team 'Simplicity' 

One Love - The finale

One Love - The finale

The audience loved it!  

The audience loved it!  

The Giving Ceremony - Artworks for the Community

The Giving Ceremony - Artworks for the Community

What a day!  

What a day!