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Sky is the limit as Belfast takes on World Record attempt

Sky is the limit as Belfast takes on World Record attempt August is #LoveToMAKE month, where we want everyone to share the crafty activities they love and spend just a little time showing us their creative side. One of the simplest and, dare we say, most fun crafts to do is the age old art of paper airplanes. From the classroom to the office, everyone has […]

Loveto, for all the creative things you love to do!

Loveto, for all the creative things you love to do! People from these shores have long been considered some of the most creative on earth with a rich history of song, dance, poetry, arts and crafts.  We at Voluntary Arts Ireland want you to join in the fun and show your creativity to the world with LoveTo!

LoveTo is about every man, woman and children, from […]

Ulster Hall CraftBombed for August Craft Month

Ulster Hall CraftBombed for August Craft Month Belfast’s Ulster Hall is hosting a very special exhibition as part of August Craft Month with some of the best pieces from CraftBomb  2014 on display.  The exhibition will be on from 5-31 August and will feature amazing pieces used in CraftBombs right across Northern Ireland.  
CraftBomb was the main feature of this year’s Voluntary […]

New #wellMAKING project to demonstrate how craft activities improve wellbeing

New #wellMAKING project to demonstrate how craft activities improve wellbeing

We are urging crafters to add their skills – and their thoughts – to a new project that will show how craft activities can improve wellbeing by involving participants in the fun, connected, sensory and mindful process of making things.
The #wellMAKING Craftivists Garden is asking people from across the UK to knit, crochet and […]

Making things together makes me feel…

Making things together makes me feel… Voluntary Arts is a partner oganisation in the AHRC Connected Communities project Co-Creative CARE, led by the University of Falmouth. The project looks at ways in which creative cultural activities, and the people that take part in them, can be seen as assets within communities, and how different ways of connecting, such as through online […]

Arts and Community-A Creative Discussion in Wexford

I recently had the privilege of making the trip to Wexford to take part in a creative discussion around the impact of the arts in local communities. Hosted by the County Wexford Community Forum and its chair, Lucy Medleycott the event brought together a range of groups and individuals active in the arts in Wexford. […]

Voluntary Arts Week 2015 – dates announced!

Voluntary Arts Week 2015 – dates announced! The creative dust has barely settled on the 2014 Voluntary Arts Week, but we’ve already started planning next year’s event!
Dates have been confirmed as 15 – 24 May 2015, which gives you plenty of time to start planning how you could get involved. The idea behind the week, is to showcase the wide range of creative […]

Ireland shows off its creativity

Ireland shows off its creativity With CraftBombs, Flashmobs and creativity at every turn, Voluntary Arts Week 2014 was a huge success.  This week-long celebration of creativity involved thousands of people across the island.
CraftBomb in Navan
This year saw a record number of CraftBombs explode across the nation with trees, benches, statues and, in some cases, entire towns being covered in […]

Life Imitating Art

Life Imitating Art Oscar Wilde once famously said “Life Imitates art far more than art imitates life”.  Voluntary Arts, in partnership with Ballymena – the Creative Borough, are looking to test that theory with fun new campaign; Life Imitating Art.
This interactive Facebook campaign encourages people from right across the UK and R.Ireland to send in pictures […]

Olympics legacy funding helps Voluntary Arts reach into Bristol

Olympics legacy funding helps Voluntary Arts reach into Bristol A new partnership with Superact means communities in and around Bristol are set to benefit from increased capacity at Voluntary Arts
Voluntary Arts, the organisation set up to promote participation in creative cultural activities, is delighted to announce a new partnership with Superact, to take on a new Bristol-based member of staff, thanks to funding from […]
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.