Friday, 18 August 2017

Family Playscheme update

The results of family activities today were........stencils! for the garden mural ready for next week.

It was just a little rainy at the beginning of the session, so we played and made inside instead. New families and older ones all having fun.

Drawing, colouring, cutting out, running, ball games and shouting at the top of our voices to fill the hall space. A fun session today :-) 

Friday, 11 August 2017

Summer Family Playscheme update

Today saw our second Summer Family Playscheme session with lots of activity starting the mural.
Nishan and Pilan has great fun getting messay hand printing, sun making, running aorund, water play, watering plants, and epxlroign the garden's ants and looooong legged spiders!
New volunteers Nairouz and Avin developed new skills and Vanessa, one of our newest Trustees, popped in to say hi.
What a great afternoon session in Toxteth Town Hall community garden we had today.

Friday, 4 August 2017

Getting Social Media savy!

Thanks to Urbain and his hard work and dedication to sorting out SOLA's social media, we now have buffer set up via FB and posting is sooooo much easier.

One click and everthing is shared across our social media networks. Thanks Urbain!!!

Summer Family Playscheme has started!

We had lots of fun today at our first session of our Summer Family Playscheme.

Thanks to help from Mike from Toxteht Town HAll Garden Project, we explored 2 different types of bees (honey bee and bumble bee), ant nests,  buddlea trees and we found lots of things that are growing that we can eat from the garden.

Then we used our imagination and got creative experiment with ideas for the mural we are making in the garden from next week.

The sessions based at Toxteth Town Hall Community Garden run throughout the school holidays and are open to families from refugee, BME and local communities.

Contact us if you want to join in :-)

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Create training today

Adele, Lead Art Therapist at SOLA ARTS delivered a really fantastic training session today for and with British Red Cross staff and volunteers.

The group learnt about Art Therapy, the Create project and toegther everyone explored ways to enable a community based drop-in for refugees to deliver Art Therapy based support.

The training was informative and based on the approach of co-production to develop a specific approach that best suits the British Red Cross Drop-In and their service users within the Create therapy remit.

It was a pleasure to meet everyone, think and share ideas together to develop a support and programme to support asylum seeker and refugee mental wellbeing.

A great start to what we envisage will be a good journey for mental wellbeing of people who can be of the most vulnerable in our community. 


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Tuesday, 25 July 2017

One ending to another beginning- Art Therapy Group

Ending of Tuesday Art Therapy Group today. A poem from Creative Mentor Joe about and for the group;

Tuesday group
You watched us grow into painted flowers
Held above our heads as banners
Your metal words picked at random
helped us feel that everything has a place.
We smiled at you across the table and shared our hopes and fortune cookies
Tuesday group
We knew you would not laugh
Tuesday group we ate to many sweets and curry
Tuesday group.
We told you our story and we wrote new ones together
Tuesday group we need more space for our art
Tuesday group you don’t need to be sad that we are leaving
Tuesday group we are stronger now

Monday, 24 July 2017

Welcome our newest volunteer- Puppy Sid!

Lovely to have puppy Sid join us today for his first session helping out his best pal and 'dad' Sean. Thanks to volunteer Sean for bringing him in; it's always good to share a bit of puppy love!

Sean and Sid at the beginning of the day (Sean helping Sid relax)...

By the end of the day Sid had found the place place to relax & help with social media...

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Visit to Arena Art Studios- All In One Studio Group

We had a great visit to Arena Art Studios last Wednesday for the All In One Studio group.

Participants were able to explore the realities of being a professional artist in Liverpool and running or being part of a professional art studio space. This helped the group think more about how our own studio programme may look in the future.

A big THANKS to Arena for giving their time and enthusiasm to welcome us in and share their learning over the years.

Some feedback has been;

'This was great to go around a new part of Liverpool. The arts and cultural places we don't normally go to or know about'

'I'm glad I went. I understand about being a professional artists and being part of a studio more now'
'I didn't relaise artists had to work in such small or basic spaces. I thought it would be more sleek and big spaces. It is expensive being a professional artist'

' A practical space where things happen'

' It was really interesting to see that professional artists in liverpool also have to do other full time owrk and they fit in their art as a passion. This is their commitment'

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Monday, 17 July 2017

Digi Art Course as part of All In One Studio

Here is some of the fantastic experiements and creations from people on the Digi Art Training group over the past few months...

Logo development



Samir & John







Some final drafts;

Playing more with Illustrator and Photoshop 


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Wednesday, 12 July 2017

FESTIVAL31 still on the go- Finale next Wednesday

Still things happening for FESTIVAL31 including our Thank You Finale Party at Blackburne House next Wednesday. Check out the events page for more info;

Summer Family Arts Group- yey here we come, play, fun, sun and creativity!!!!

Summer Family Arts Group is here again. Open to families with younger children in particualr from a refugee background living in Liverpool or local to Toxteth Town Hall, L8.

SOLA is are running crafty play activities 2 days a week through the summer for families and you are welcome to join us!

We will be making a mural in Toxteth TownHall community garden and having some fun with crafty play.

 Contact us for more information.

Funded by MPAC and Liverpool Play Partnership. With support from Toxteth Town Hall and their match funding by JMF and Garfield Weston- thanks everyone!

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

All In One Studio update

Great team meeting for the All In One Studio project today.

It is always good to know we are on track giving the right support and being flexible to partiicpants needs.

People we are supporting are moving forward with their goals and personal development and being a part of creativity for this.

So far, so many developments have been explored and experienced by participants including; one person who has never used a computer confidently before has just bought  a computer supported miniture drone and is thinking of buying a tablet and another person is preparing to learn to drive for his own personal freedom and employment opportunities, 

Lots of other areas such as people being part of exhibitions and exploring new creative confidence.

All wonderful arty happenings and skills evolving in the studio project!

Friday, 7 July 2017

Open Arms grant for arty activity for integration!

Thanks to British Red Cross- Open Arms grant for a wee bit of funding towards the All In One Studio- FESTIVAL31 2018 activities bringing people from refugee and the wider communities together.

We don't know what the artists and residents will create but are really excited about this project. This project already gaurantees working towards FESTIVAL31 2018 already before the current festival has even finished!

Staff training for Wargrave House School & College

Nearly the end of another week and looking forward to next week including working with Wargrave House School & College to deliver staff training, 'Art as a therapeutic tool'.

We are super excited about working with a new partner to support young people through an Art Therapy infomred approach and bring to the forefront how creativity can support mental wellbeing.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Trustee recruitment

We are seeking 2-3 new Trustees. Contact us for more information...

FESTIVAL 31 update

FESTIVAL31 is going stronger than ever.

Over 200 postcards with thoughts of Belonging have now been completed for the festival's living exhibition, exhibitions at Alder Hey Children's Hospital and News From Nowhere on Bold Street at the moment.

News From Nowhere, Bold Street exhibition

Living Exhibition- Thoughts of what 'Belonging Means... '