Get Creative marks anniversary with Get Creative Day April 2nd, 2016

I'm thrilled with what the campaign has achieved over the last year and the fantastic range of events planned for Get Creative Day - from animation workshops in Wales to improv classes in Liverpool and a 'Creatathon' in Northern Ireland - is the fruit of immense engagement and collaborationJonty Claypole, Director of Arts, BBC
Date: 23.03.2016     Last updated: 30.03.2016 at 11.26
Category: BBC Arts
Over 1,080 organisations signed up; hundreds of creative events held across the UK and over a million visitors online

Get Creative Day on Saturday 2 April, 2016 celebrates a year of Get Creative – a campaign encouraging participation in arts, creativity and culture – initiated by the BBC and cultural movement What Next? and delivered in partnership with key cultural organisations including Voluntary Arts, Fun Palaces and the Crafts Council.

More than 1,080 organisations signed up to take part in the challenge to Get Creative, which has seen the BBC work with an unprecedented number of arts, cultural and voluntary organisations across the UK including Culture at King’s, 64 Million Artists, Family Arts Campaign, Crafts Council, Into Film, RIBA and Heritage Open Days, as well as grassroots organisations such as Southport Photographic Society, Somerset Guild of Craftsmen and Knit For Peace.

The campaign has drawn support from every corner of the UK including author Philip Pullman, model Kate Moss, actress Dame Judi Dench, actress Samantha Morton, historian Lucy Worsley, Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell, Strictly dancer Jo Clifton, poet Ian McMillan, actor Adrian Lester and comedian Johnny Vegas – who launched the campaign with a live demonstration of his pottery skills.

Across the year, hundreds of Get Creative events were held and over a million unique users have visited the Get Creative website, which aims to celebrate and encourage people to do something artistic and creative. Over the last year, Get Creative online has become a gateway to all the incredible initiatives happening across the UK.

The success of Get Creative’s campaign so far will be marked by Get Creative Day on 2 April 2016 which will see creative events taking place right across the UK.

Jonty Claypole, Director of Arts, BBC says: “Get Creative celebrates the imagination and inventiveness practised by millions of Britons day in and day out, because creativity is what makes us human. It does this by building connections between everyday artists, organisations and audiences right across the country, and putting a spotlight on what they do. I'm thrilled with what the campaign has achieved over the last year and the fantastic range of events planned for Get Creative Day - from animation workshops in Wales to improv classes in Liverpool and a 'Creatathon' in Northern Ireland - is the fruit of immense engagement and collaboration.”

Stella Duffy, Co-Director, Fun Palaces says: “Fun Palaces has been delighted to join in with BBC Get Creative over the past year - not only does Get Creative embody our own passion for everyday artists and grassroots creativity, it welcomes the wild, the quirky, the gloriously individual, celebrating a truly British creativity, freed from the constraints of tradition.”

Robin Simpson, Chief Executive, Voluntary Arts, says: "Taking part in creative cultural activities develops new skills, builds confidence, aids your thinking and understanding, helps you make new friends, increases your wellbeing and is great fun. For millions of people across the UK the everyday creativity they practice on a regular basis makes a huge contribution to their quality of life. In its first year Get Creative has showcased the richness and variety of this - often overlooked - everyday participation across the country and across the BBC. Get Creative Day provides a moment to celebrate and a national call to action for everyone to get creative.

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Across the UK, Get Creative Day offers a unique opportunity to do something new: from ceramics to music, digital workshops to textiles and drama to dance – there’s something for everyone.

Venues of all shapes and sizes, from Sage Gateshead and Battersea Arts Centre to a tiny bistro - The Patio - in Great Yarmouth, and the BBC’s own Pacific Quay building in Glasgow will be nominating themselves as ‘Creativity Welcome Here’ spaces for the day – encouraging people to come in and use their cafés and foyers as spaces to get creative, from open mic sessions to mosaic making.

On Get Creative Day, a new public engagement campaign named Treebank will be announced. The campaign links to acclaimed artist Katie Paterson’s ambitious new public art work, Hollow, built from 10,000 different species of wood, which will form a permanent installation at the University of Bristol's Royal Fort Gardens. A collaboration between BBC Four, BBC Get Creative and public art producers Situations, Treebank will allow people to ‘save’ a tree for future generations, through uploaded memories, photos and stories. The making of Hollow will also be documented by the BBC Four series What Do Artists Do All Day, showing alongside a major new James Fox film about land art in May. 

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