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Events from Voluntary Arts

Creative Citizens Programme Launch Ballymena

“Ballymena – The Creative Borough” is what greeted me as I went into the Braid Arts Centre in Ballymena last Saturday, along with a chocolate box selection of creative activity from bands, to choirs, to resident artists and children’s arts activities. Of course I hadn’t stumbled upon the launch of the Creative Citizen’s Programme, I […]

Voluntary Arts Week – it’s nearly here. . . !

Voluntary Arts Week – it’s nearly here. . . ! This year’s Voluntary Arts Week will take place from 9 – 18 May – so it’s time to let us know how you’re getting involved!
Voluntary Arts Week is an annual celebration of cultural creativity. It’s a way of showcasing what’s already happening across the UK and Republic of Ireland – and encouraging others to join […]

Posting to the Past

Posting to the Past Free Drop-in Embroidery Workshop
When: Saturday 28 September 2013, 11am to 3pm
Where: Museum of Liverpool (Pier Head, Liverpool Waterfront, Liverpool, L3 1DG)
Up For Crafts is a Heritage Lottery Funded project from Voluntary Arts England and is delivered in partnership with BBC Radio Merseyside. We aim to inspire people to learn more about heritage textile crafts […]


TweetArt is an experimental visualisation specially made for Voluntary Arts Week. It takes what people are saying about arts and related values on Twitter and uses those messages to trigger moving honeycomb pieces and audio fragments.  You can roll your mouse over a piece to see the full tweet.
The result is something of a work […]

Calling all Merseyside crafters!

‘Up For Arts’ is challenging the stitchers, knitters and crochet enthusiasts of Merseyside to help us celebrate Voluntary Arts Week and Light Night by bringing some much needed colour to Liverpool. Take part in the first national CraftBomb!
We want to showcase the work of the talented craft groups and crafters of Merseyside by inviting them […]

Running Your Group Live with Arts Council NI

Running Your Group Live with Arts Council NI Ambitions for the Arts: a Five Year Strategic Plan 2013-2018 – Have Your Say
Live online interview with Nick Livingston, Director of Strategic Development, Arts Council Northern Ireland
Watch the recording of the Live Event below.
// On Friday 8 March at 2pm Running Your Group Live came to you from Arts Council Northern Ireland HQ where […]

Button It! with Up for Crafts

Button It! with Up for Crafts Do you enjoy sewing? Where did you find your love of the craft? Traditionally, sewing and embroidery skills have been passed from generation to generation. Sharing your skills with others can be very rewarding and creating something together can reinforce friendships and family bonds.
Voluntary Arts England is developing a get-into-sewing campaign in partnership with BBC […]
Voluntary Arts is the operating name of The Voluntary Arts Network (VAN) which is registered in Scotland as Company No. 139147 and Charity No. SC020345. Registered Office: 54 Manor Place, Edinburgh EH3 7EH, Scotland, UK.