Monday, 26 May 2014

Join us in celebration, collaboration and exploration. For a detailed update of the activities during the 31 days visit www.festival31.com

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Call for Artists and Creative Practitioners

 









PEACEMAKERS: Call 2 Action


SOLA ARTS in partnership with Aspire Trust are undertaking a 4-month research and development for our new collaboration: 'Peacemakers'.


Peacemakers aims to open dialogue between victims of war both military and refugee, using creativity and arts based practice as a platform and sharing space. It also aims to enhance the refugee arts infrastructure in the region by  presenting work by participants who are drawn from the refugee and military communities and who are willing to work with artists to explore, express and present their diverse experiences, shared and common understandings and unique life journeys.



The project coincides with 1st World War Centenary programming in the Liverpool City Region and in this research phase we aim to identify partners, consult potential participants, identify a suitable delivery approach with a view to informing a year long programme of arts activity.



If you are within the refugee community, we would like to hear from you. We would like to consult with you, hear of any experiences that you would like to share and develop a programme of activity with you.



If you are within the military community, we would like to hear from you.  We would like to consult with you, hear of any experiences that you would like to share and develop a programme of activity with you.



If you are within the artistic and creative community, we would like to hear from you. We are looking for community based and socially engaged artists who have the experience, skills and knowledge to work with participants drawn from the refugee and military communities.



If you are interested I contributing, please contact us: hello@peace-makers.com

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Launch of our Art Therapy In Education programme

We have launched anew programme for schools, educational services and learning services. Art Therapy is well known across the UK for its benefits for young people, children, adults and families in supporting personal development, emotional intelligence and mental wellbeing.

We have been working with Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services through Alder Hey Hospital outreach for the past 10 years in arts and health through community arts and are now able to offer Art Psychotherapy for those most in need yet unable to access NHS CAMHS services.

For more information email us; sola_arts@yahoo.co.uk





The 'Peacemakers' Project

We are delighted to announce that SOLA ARTS in partnership with Aspire Trust has been awarded investment by the Arts Council of England to undertake a 4-month research and development for our jointly developed 'Peacemakers' project.




Peacemakers aims to open dialogue between victims of war: both military and refugee, using creativity and arts based discourse as a platform and sharing space. The project coincides with 1st World War Centenary programming across Merseyside, will enhance refugee arts infrastructure in the region and presenting work by participants.  In the research and design phase we will,  through dialogue and creative consultations identify partners, consult potential participants, identify delivery approaches, evaluate and review to inform programming of a further more substantial programme which we want to provide up until June 2015.

This is the first time the two companies have worked in partnership and we are looking to a constructive and long term relationship with SOLA. 

Dr. Nick Owen MBE, Director of Aspire Trust commented, 'The Aspire Trust is delighted to forge a brand new working relationship with SOLA ARTS and are looking forward to working with Adele, Phil Taylor and the wider SOLA community. Peacemakers is an exciting project which we passionately believe will make a major contribution to refugee arts in the region".

Adele Spiers, Artistic Director & Manager of SOLA said: 'This is a fantastic opportunity to work in partnership with Aspire Trust. Whilst also being able to deliver an exciting and innovative social action arts based project through which connections, dialogue and creativity will be given a solid foundation for the longer-term project to evolve'.



Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Final Call for Festival 31- 2014

Final call goes out to all interested and passionate people about Refugee discouse and sharing, celebrating and exploring the arts and cultures of people from refugee backgrounds in Liverpool and Merseyside.

21st May deadline and looking forward to the festival!





Jewellery Making with MOWWL- a great journey and loking forward to a longer relationship

SOLA and Lead Artist Adele Spiers has been working with the MOWLL http://www.mowll.net Moving On With Life and Learning group in partnership with Granby Toxteth Development Trust http://www.gtdt.co.uk/

We had a lovely, fun and creative jewellery and decoration making session again today.
Drawing near to the end of this first course or creativity, we are looking forward to the next 'bling up my t-shirt' course.

Well done ladies!