Friday, 23 December 2016

Over the holidays we don't forget

Coming to a break for a week or so.

A time when we retreat to spend with those close whilst everyday mindful of people we work with who don't have that privilege.

Take care over the holiday period, keep warm, be safe and look towards January as the start of something new...

Thanks for a small grant from Comic Relief!

With thanks ot Comic Relief Local Community Cash for a small grant of £5,000 towards keeping our Art Therapy and Social Development Support programme running over the next 12 months.

But we've not settled yet. There is still over £20,000 to raise for 2017 support delivery and we'd love your help with this.

Want to donate? Click here to pledge your support :-)

Friday, 16 December 2016

All In one Studio 9th Dec 2016

Last Friday's Art Studio meeting with John's work as current exhibition...

Thursday, 15 December 2016

We always welcome your donations...

Interested in giving to a good cause this year? Locally why not give your support to SOLA ARTS or internationally please support our donations directly to people in Qamishli, Syria.

You can make your choice via our Big Give page

Busy Mondays with our wonderful start of the week volunteers!

Rachael and Urbain SOLA's volunteers on a mission this Monday fundraising and sorting out our new website (to become public in February fingers crossed).

Well Racahel has volunteered with us some years ago through her music and tutoring skills and we are really happy to have Rachael back with us in a new volunteer role as supporting fundraiser! Rachael gets to develop her fundraising and bid writing skills and we get help with the one important thing we don't often have time to do!

Urbain has been working on our new look website that will be linked to this blog. Urbain has never used Adobe Muse or designed a website with such a programme yet is bringing in his design and creative initiative and talent to make this into a great project. We are looking forward to seeing it live on the web in the early months of 2017.

Thanks to you both for all your support!!!!

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

this week's Art Group- everyone wanted to share...

Great Art Group today. Lots of discussion around emotions, fear, sadness and laughter & the meaning of connecting with others; inspired by a joke set of chattering teeth and a camera that squirts water!

Our Art Therapy programmes take on various models and the relaxed infomral Tuesday Art Group with Art Therapist support is a supportive positive space for adults to come together, share and belong whilst working through social anxiety and isolation.

Kenneth's poem

John's springing surpirse frog

Debbie's cuddly crocodiles

Rosaria's inspired pattern 

Shiela's beautiful summer and autumn inspired silk scarf

An award for SOLA ARTS from MOWLL

Wonderful meeting today with Moving On With Life and Learning- planning a new partnership project to raise funding for. Also got an Award for our work supporting MOWLL which is splendiferous!

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Tuesday Art Group update

Our Art Therapist and Creative Mentor supported informal group worked on a brought in object this which which inspired much discussion and imagination.

Here is some of the work that the group have chosen to share...

by John

by Debbie

by Kenneth

by Rosaria

Friday, 25 November 2016

All In One Studio today

A cold cold day with lovely warm warm people in the All in One Studio at SOLA today. We found the laptop eventually under all the biscuits, choclate and soup sachets John brought for every to share and Debbie some some pictures below of the day and her artwork on display.

There is some wonderful creative talent and inspiration in this group!

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Welcome to the SOLA Team Urbain!

Urbain originally from Burundi is a participant and now core volunteer at SOLA ARTS.

Urbain is to date learning Adobe MUSE in order to finally get us a website sorted and published. We are really excited to work with Urbain who is also an experienced and talented architect and music manager.

Welcome on board Urbain!


Monday, 14 November 2016

A memory of WOMAD 2013

Thanks for the lovely film Andromaco of our children's workshops and the parade for WOMAD festival 2013;

Friday, 4 November 2016

Ending of another busy and blossoming week of Art Therapy, creativity and personal developmnen

And so another vibrant and dynamic week has come to an  end with therapy and social development support,  volunteering and creativity as shown by this work by Debbie made in the Friday 'All In One Studio'- this is a beautiful image...

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Tuesday Art Group- still going strong

Tuesday Art Group is still going strong and the creativity is gaining confidence and people forward... bringing people who are creatively interested together with a Creative Mentor and Art Therapist, group members are able to explore self-expression and sharing with others in an artisitc and  safe social space.

Really interesting work bringing images and creative writing together this week again...

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Visit to Tate Liverpool LAssnig and Bacon Exhibitions Sept 2016

2 powerful responses to the Tate Visit for the Lassnig and Bacon exhibitions by the Tuesday Art Group;

We just love MR Charlie when he comes to the All In One Art Studio on a Friday!

We have 2 resident dogs who come to SOLA ARTS; Zuki who is our therapy dog and Charlie who  visits us every so often with Debbie one of our core participants and volunteers.

Charlie's definately feeling more chilled out with us now!!!

In Tuesday Art Group

In Friday studio project with resident Lead Art Therapist Adele

Exhibition at the People's Museum Manchester October 2016

How wonderful to be part of the Ideas Worth Fighting For exhibition at the People's History Museum, Manchester

The Welcoming Banner produced by SOLA ARTS participants back in 2006 commissioned as part of a happening art piece by Humberto Velez for Liverpool Biennial and is being exhibited this month at The People's History Museum as part of an exhibition that Artist Humberto Velez is involved with.