Creativity Works secures National Lottery Heritage Funding

Creativity Works secures National Lottery Heritage Fund Grant to support 40th Birthday Archive Project

Creativity Works is delighted to announce that it has received a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £7,000 for an exciting heritage project to mark its 40th Birthday.

Based near Bath, Creativity Works is a specialist arts and wellbeing organisation and Arts Council England funded National Portfolio Organisation, that runs high quality arts projects, increasing health and wellbeing for those living with mental health challenges, and from disadvantaged sectors of society. Regularly working in partnership, they have become known as experts within the field of creativity for wellbeing, especially with regards to their progression model and peer-led groups.

Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the 40th Birthday project focuses on the preservation and sharing of the oral histories and memories from previous project participants, partners, artists, and volunteers from the past 40 years.

To help bring the archive project to life, Creativity Works would like to hear from anyone who has been involved in any previous projects – either under its current name – or when it was known as Wansdyke Arts Council [WAC], North East Somerset Arts or nesa, and get in touch, as through this project funding Creativity Work’s aims to:

  • Collate oral histories & memories from previous project participants, partners, artists & volunteers whose health and wellbeing have been transformed through arts and creativity.
  • Use the archive material and the oral histories discovered & collected as the inspiration for a series of creative wellbeing invitations to the public and local community groups to get involved with.
  • Curate a free public exhibition of our archive material demonstrating personal stories of positive change through creativity.
  • Create a new online archive of the history of the organisation including free resources for other charities and artists working in the field of arts and wellbeing and socially engaged practice.

Creativity Works hopes that in sharing its diverse and colourful history, wealth of experience of working with a wide range of communities and, also, by acting as a social resource highlighting how society has shifted in terms of the awareness of the benefits of creativity in supporting mental health and wellbeing, it will encourage even more people to get creative.

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