Creative Action is a cross-artform creative programme in collaboration with our two core groups,
The Women’s Creative Company and Shared Space. The project aims to provide our participants with regular opportunities to expand their artistic talents and skills, improve their wellbeing and strengthen their solidarity networks.
We welcomed two new team members to the project in January; Access Coordinator Elena Harris and Project Coordinator Mina Heydari Waite as well as returning Shared Space Associate Artist Najma Abukar.
In response to the isolating and challenging environment of COVID 19 lockdown, the Creative Action pilot has seen us explore ways of developing our own practice, a new but necessary focus on digital accessibility and the provision of high quality and meaningful creative practice at home. This At Home and Digital element of the project is being delivered under the banner of At A Distance Together, a progression from the digital focused project we created in 2020. This has unfolded in several strands:
“Let's hope we can make the world a brighter place to live in and flourish."
Participant, Creative Action
The At A Distance Together Creative Packs offer our groups quality creative explorations in the comfort and safety of their homes. In February, Project Coordinator Mina, and Access Coordinator Elena delivered 48 Creative Packs, direct to the doorstop of our groups.
The Creative Tasks from AMP team and associate artists, were collated visually in a design by Mina, and our first box packed with eight weeks worth of multi artform tasks and arts materials for participants to respond in text, image, textile, print, video, drawing and sound form.
We created a private digital platform for participants to share their responses and connect with each other, written instructions had translations provided, and cheerful, user friendly instruction videos from Elena are uploaded each week.
With funding support from Connecting Scotland, Creative Action has seen us source and deliver over twenty Chromebooks and MiFi devices to group members experiencing practical challenges to online access. Access Coordinator Elena is leading on this element of the project, as well as the development of AMP's accessibility framework of delivery moving forward.
Whilst we cannot meet in person at present, we also offer regular data top ups, IT support and translations for elements of digital and at home creative programme and are planning for different levels of in person engagement as and when we are able to do so again.
Accessibility has always been at the heart our projects, and we are glad to also be part of a wider, and necessary conversation within our communities and cultural/funding sector surrounding digital access.
"I just loved my gifts from you guys...came in that day...and it fair CHEERED me up...”
Participant, Creative Action
Online Creative Sessions
The pilot project saw us offer 9 monthly cross-artform creative sessions for The Women’s Creative Company and Shared Space. Guest Artists Tawona Sithole and Rachael Morrison and AMP's Artistic Director Catrin Evans facilitated the sessions, exploring a range of creative skills and practice.
In addition to the groups' monthly creative workshops, we will be adding a social session and a monthly yoga sessions in 2021, allowing group members to focus on relationship-building, sharing experiences, interests and skills in an informal, safe space. As well as developing creative practice, we hope to provide reflective spaces that spark uplifting moments in our day and nurture positive health and wellbeing.
As lockdown restrictions lift, we plan to develop a safe supportive delivery framework for in person meeting, planning for varying tier levels, and working towards in-person meeting, individual support and creative development and finally, public performances/events.
We look forward to developing the project across 2021...
Creative Action is made possible by our partners and funders: