Creative Socials are a new fun way of getting people engaged with art through vibrant one off events. They can take place any time of day, in any community venue, bringing East Durham communities together using their local spaces, to showcase local artistic talent, eat tasty food and get involved in the arts.
Creative Socials are organised in a conversation with Project Coordinator, Jess Watson (East Durham Trust) and applicants are invited to fill out a simple proposal. Events must include food and have at least 40 people attending. Proposals are then reviewed by a subgroup of our Community Panel. There is up to £600 per event available.
Look out for a Creative Social near you (or search using our What’s On Calendar) and get yourself along.
Alternatively if you’re a community venue and would like to host a Creative Social contact Jess Watson on 0191 569 3511 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Commissioned by East Durham Create, managed by East Durham Trust.
Past Creative Socials
Peterlee in Pictures
East Durham Trust’s Arts on Prescription project launched a challenge to local people to create a modern day archive of Peterlee. This included a buffet, a pop up exhibition of local photographers work and archived photography and a talk about the existing archive by the Council Arts Officer. Most notably the group that were brought together by this Creative Social, many of whom have mental health issues, have now gone on to become a constituted group who meet on a regular basis.
Dance Through the Ages
Shotton Community Centre hosted a very snowy Christmas dance event. This included interactive dance displays, performances from local dance schools, wine and cheese and the chance to sign up to an ongoing programme of Tea Dances. There were almost 80 attendees on a very cold and snowy winter day.
Family Fun Event
A Disney themed event at the Academy at Shotton Hall in Peterlee organised in association with the Community Arts Department and Drama Schools. This event included fancy dress, singing, storytelling, a buffet and entertainment provided by a former student who has recently set up an entertainment company SJM Entertainment. Following the event she then did a Q&A with drama students about how she got into the industry. There were over 80 attendees and ticket sales earned £164 for future drama performances.
Launch of Friends of Blackhall Library:
East Durham Trust has recently supported FOBL to become a constituted group with the view that they use their venue for additional hours including as an arts hub. The event featured circus skills and performances with local children (including Hesleden) around the theme of friendship by North East facilitators Circurama and an evening event featuring local photographs by Hesleden based photographer Cath Ruocco and a buffet. The event had almost 150 attendees across the two events.
East Durham Women’s Day
An International Women’s Day event in association with East Durham Domestic Abuse Network. This event included Bollywood dance, henna painting, macramé, hula hooping, dance workshops, crafts for pre-schoolers, information from a wide variety of community organisations, cakes provided by Blackhall WI and so on. The event had over 100 attendeess from across East Durham.
East Durham Belles Ladies Day Plus!
An event to launch an additional arts and cultural strands to East Durham Belles, an organization that helps women and young girls come together to build self confidence originally through physical fitness but now with a view to something wider. The event took place at Wellfield Community School in Wingate and showcased a wide range of arts based activities that women can become involved in. The event had almost 70 attendees.
Creative Socials coming soon…
Crafty Ted’s Picnic in Horden
An event encouraging families to get involved with all different types of arts and crafts. Young ones can bring along their Teddy Bears whilst the adults try out new artistic activities. There will be summer picnics provided by the Heritage Cafe. The event will take place on Sunday 3rd July from 1.30pm.
Castle Eden Jazz Supper
An event showcasing MBJO (Middlesbrough Blues and Jazz Orchestra) at Castle Eden Village Hall on Saturday 24th September at 7pm. Come along to enjoy a big band right here in East Durham and have some tasty food as well! This will be a ticketed event.
An event by a local youth theatre group to showcase 18 extracts of Shakespeare done in cabaret style being hosted by East Durham College in conjunction with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Date to be confirmed.