News from Voluntary Arts

Apprenticeship with Voluntary Arts Ireland

Apprenticeship with Voluntary Arts Ireland This is a role for someone with a genuine love of creative cultural activity and sharing it with others. You will likely already be involved in doing, making, promoting creative things on your own initiative. Your digital skills will be a natural part of your creative expression and you will be happy to work with

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Getting creative in the country – how volunteer effort brings cultural participation to rural areas

Getting creative in the country – how volunteer effort brings cultural participation to rural areas With the second Rural Parliament taking place in Brechin, Angus from 6-8 October, Voluntary Arts Scotland Director, Jemma Neville reflects on the previous event in 2014 and how cultural groups across Scotland are bringing opportunities to take part to rural areas. The Scottish Rural Parliament is not a parliament in the sense of legislative or decision-making

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Epic Awards applications opening soon!

Epic Awards applications opening soon! From 20 October – 12 January we’ll be inviting groups to nominate themselves for an Epic Award. Winners last year included the Pimp My Uke project in Wales, the ambitious GO! Palace Theatre project in Plymouth and the nomadic Irish creatives that make up The Hermit Collective. The People’s Choice Award went to the Strike A Chord

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Socks, Pincushions & Stories

Socks, Pincushions & Stories A craft and storytelling project inspired by the craftspeople of the First World War In autumn 2015 Up For Crafts and local history project Merseyside at War launched Socks, Pincushions & Stories, a First World War centenary project which aimed to highlight the untold stories of the craftspeople who contributed to the war effort. During

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Volunteering Pledge

We are asking people to pledge to volunteer as an indication of your wish to give your time and expertise to support your local creative activities and organisation. Maybe this pledge will ignite a new interest in arts volunteering and encourage you to search out opportunities or re-connect with a group you may have supported

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May is #lovetoCREATE month!

May is #lovetoCREATE month! This month, as part of our #loveto campaign, we are bringing a whole range of creative activities together under the hashtag #lovetoCREATE, so you can contribute your creative projects and creations via social media regardless of the medium or material! This broader celebration of creativity is to coincide with Voluntary Arts Week, our annual festival

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The Bard in Barrow – celebrating Shakespeare in Cumbrian style

The Bard in Barrow – celebrating Shakespeare in Cumbrian style Knitted beards, feathered caps and quills will be flourished in Barrow for an eight-month celebration of England’s finest wordsmith. Barrow Library and Up for Arts Cumbria have secured £15,000 from Arts Council England to support The Bard in Barrow, a festival of all things Shakespearean. It launches next Saturday 23 April – Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary –

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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: The Creative Exchange, 29 Constitution Street, Edinburgh EH6 7BS.