Thursday, 31 December 2015

Happy New Year

The SOLA ARTS team wishes everyone a safe and warm New Year Eve. 

Monday, 28 December 2015

Support SOLA ARTS!

Support SOLA ARTS and buy a fabulous scarf! SOLA ARTS art psychotherapist and co-founders mum has donated lots of funky and colorful handmade scarves to help raise funds for participants travel and volunteer expenses!

Interested? Send a message to saying which one you'd like. Large scarves are £8 smaller ones £6 + postage. All funds go back into SOLA ARTS to support participants with travel expenses and other needs. 

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

SOLA ARTS Co-founder on the panel of Edge Hills Symposium

On November 27th SOLA ARTS co-founder and art psychotherapist Adele attended Edge Hills I4P Symposium to discuss arts, health and culture at Tate Liverpool.

The symposium met to discuss issues around art and culture in the city. The 
fundamental aim of the symposium was to create space for discussion, knowledge exchange and possible future collaboration. And was open to all individuals and organisations working in the fields of arts, health and wellbeing.

Adele On the panel. She says 'It was a great discussion and space to think about what the relationships are between arts, health & culture'.

Wonderful News for SOLA.

A quick blog to say thank you to LCVS for supporting SOLA ARTS with grants to further our transitions program. We can now offer one day a week social and developmental support until September 2016. 

Sunday, 20 December 2015

The Tuesday Group Adventures with Clay

Since Finishing up the painting of Ducie Street the Tuesday art group has been experimenting with storytelling and clay. Looking at all kinds of different unusual skills like how to use materials in a different way, how to put words together to create weird and wonderful poems and how to draw out idea's out of our minds

Plus more traditional art based skills like how to manipulate and mould clay, mixing paints to create different colours and creating texture in their work.

We will be finishing it all up this week before we go for a trip to the Tate next week before we take a two week break! Looking forward to what new inspiring idea's we find in the new year!

Don't Forget we still have some spaces available if you or someone you know would like to join us!

Saturday, 19 December 2015

Festival 31 and Looking Forward to the Next Year!

FESTIVAL 31 2015 was huge! With tuns of events happening across the city and lots of discussion had, FESTIVAL 31 2015 was a massive success. Thanks to all the events, volunteers, artists and venues that made it happen! 

Just a small insight into the goings on from this FESTIVAL 31 2015!

In keeping with SOLA's usual tradition we are already looking forward to next year. With meetings already had, idea's already exchanged and even funding already coming in thanks to The Austin Smith Memorial Fund for being the first funder to support FESTIVAL 31 for 2016!  

If you would like to be involved in FESTIVAL 31 2016 either as a funder or to run an event let us know at

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Tuesday Art Drop-In Group at Ducie Street

Our Tuesday group recently spent a few weeks adding to the wonderful art project in Granby on Ducie Street.

Here's the group in week one adding the first layers of colour :).
The Tuesday group meets to explore art making and playing with words while building confidence and skills.

Almost there! Building up pattern and design and the beginning of incorporating words into their work.

Almost Finished! The designs included a juke box and a fruit machine for the two pillars and a landscape of words for the door!

All done :)! To finish it all off everyone had fun splashing all the leftover paint onto the walkway! 
How great to be a part of such a beautiful project bringing together the community and how great is it that the artwork has been shown in the news. Congratulations to the Granby Four Streets project that won the Turner Prize for all their efforts. We are so proud to have been involved. :)

The Tuesday art group runs from 3 'til 5 every Tuesday until June and there is still some spaces available if you'd like to come and join us! :)

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Zuki Our New Therapy Dog

We would like to say a big welcome to our newest volunteer- Mr Zuki Mac. He comes in to SOLA every Friday as our new Therapy Dog. It's wonderful what he brings to the Art Therapy group. 

Here he is on way into the office. Looking forward to the project and helping others with his fluffy paws

Welcome Zuki!!