CORONAVIRUS – SUPPORTING PEOPLE TO BE CREATIVE WHILE STAYING AT HOME
With a heavy heart and in light of the ongoing situation regarding Covid-19 situation in March East Durham Creates took the decision to postpone all of our programme of events and workshops until further notice. Since then the team have adopted a new way of working so we can ensure local people can still access to art and culture in a safe environment, often from their own homes. Please see our COVID-19 response below:
Above, Below, Beyond
Our final major commission as part of our current phase see’s artist Jamie Holman working with young people aged 13-25 to deliver which will now be delivered as a digital response alongside a large scale mural in Seaham by artist Cosmo Sarson.
Each week artists linked to East Durham Creates takeover our Facebook and Instagram accounts to give our local community background information on their practices and share online workshops and activities for you to create at home with minimal materials during lock down.
Each month East Durham Creates produces a creative activity that can be done from home. We put packs together with all the materials you will need to create a piece of artwork and then deliver them to local people to help our community have access to artistic activities safely.
Creative Age – Let’s Meet Up
Our Dementia Friendly art group called Let’s Meet Up normally attend weekly sessions in Seaham. In light of the COVID-19 Pandemic and to safeguard the group these sessions have moved online. The group work with artist Claire Ford and arts organisation Equal Arts, who post the materials and creative packs needed for each session to the group.
Our Cultural Hubs programme which normal sees seven local community centres organise creative performances and workshops in their venues has adapted to allow their local communities still access to great art and culture. This ranges from creative packs created with artists being available to collect from their centres to workshops being delivered over the phone or through the post.
East Durham Creates have commissioned three projects to be delivered by local artists in line with government regulations regarding social distancing. These include Rainbow Village with Amanda Jane Odgen, Fishes and Wishes with the Barn at Easington and Create Me Packs with Creative Pop.
Virtual Go & See Visits
East Durham Creates Go & See project would organise visits for our community to attend local and national cultural venues. As we can no longer facilitate this, we have developed a new way of allowing local people to still have these experiences by virtually visiting exhibitions and watching theatre. After the virtual visit local people are invited to join a Zoom Meeting to discuss the visit further.
If you would like like to find out any further information regarding any of these projects or how you can get involved please email firstname.lastname@example.org