Monday, 5 February 2018

A new collaboration with Artists Claire Weetman

Our new collaboration on a project by Claire Weetman with refugees in St Helen's has beem mentioned in Heart of Glass brochure- check out page 9 

Working with Claire and dance artist Sophie Tickle 'Maze of Displacement' is a really exciting project and brings SOLA ARTS work to support refugees into the St Helen's area.

This follows Claire's previous work with asylum seekers in St Helen's and collaboration with SOLA ARTS and FESTIVAL31 last year.
Claire has been working on the concept of the maze and movement for some time now. She has brought in SOLA's expertise to support engagement in the arts for people who are vulnerable from refugee backgrounds.

We are looking forward to this collaboration and to see the final work during FESTIVAL 31! 

Friday, 2 February 2018

Lovely way to end the week...

The Friday Sharing Group is always such a lovely finish to the week with members of the All In One Studio. It was a full house today, 11 of us laughing and origani bird making and lots of biscuits were brought in and eaten ;-D

Our first Art Therapy Trianee placement welcomes Charlie to SOLA

We've decided to expand and enhance our work to further support the Art therapy infrastructure in the region. We already provide a Personal Therapy service for Trainees as a donation based provision.

So, whilst SOLA ARTS is the only specialist Art Therapy community provision in Merseyside it seems only natural to evolve our provision to support Trainee Art Therapists to develop practice.

Teaming up with Chester University Art Therapy Masters Programme this year in response has led to our first placementee Charlie coming on board for the coming months :-)

Arts Council has funded FESTIVAL31 for 2018!

Thanks to ACE GFA funding for supporting us again to breakdown barriers to open dialogue through the arts about the refugee experience.

Starting February we will be expanding our community programme this year and focusing on enabling community groups, schools and bunsiness to engage in this fantastic month long journey and exploration of refugee arts & culture and promoting challenging conversations.

We are this year also focusing on supporting emerging artists currently seeking asylum  to pro-actively prepare creative talents ready for a career in the arts nce fully settled here.

Finally but not least there will be open calls for exhibitions and film events and we have been able to have our first Internship bringing in Tony originally from El Salvador to develop skills in Community Development in the Arts. Really looking forward ot working with Tony and empowering our communities.

Here's Tony presenting at the All In One Studio- Friday Sharing Group today...