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Get out and get creative

From a graffiti event in Cardiff and an upcycle demo in Belfast to a huge paint by numbers in Cumbria, Get Creative opened with a day of activities across the UK, arranged by Voluntary Arts. Take a look at some of the results here, which were also posted on social media sites using the hashtag #bbcgetcreative.



Dozens of artists and performers from across Lancashire took part with hands-on drop-in craft sessions and performances at The Bureau Centre for the Arts. There were chances to have a go on a unicycle, learn circus skills, make shadow puppets, lend a hand in creating a huge graffiti wall, join in a pop-up choir and learn about book-making.


A Picture of Cumbria

BBC Radio Cumbria and Up for Arts created a huge paint by numbers scene at an outside broadcast at Ulverston’s Coronation Hall. Listeners picked-up a brush and be a No.1 (sky blue) to a No.22 (burnt sienna) and together created a picture of Cumbria from an outline created by artist Geoff Tristram. Kevin Fernihough’s Mid-Morning Show invited people to reconnect with this battery-free pastime, met local art groups and asked what art can do to revive communities.


The site of an old weather-boarded dock workers cottage was the location for the launch of Get Creative in Kent. The former Sheerness Heritage Centre in Sheppey is getting a new name for its re-launch and asking for the local community to get involved in its refurbishment, including colourful art depicting a little of the history of the Isle of Sheppey. They will commission a mural artist to lead the volunteers to get creative and breathe new life into this historic building.


Up for the Arts

BBC Radio Merseyside's breakfast and mid-morning shows profiled and showcased organisations that use art as outreach and a platform for health and wellbeing, looking at how art and craft activity throughout the boroughs can act as a driver to encourage people to participate and volunteer.

An interactive digital painting event will take place at FACT during the first month of the campaign to encourage greater local involvement in art.


What Next? Nottingham and Creative Quarter Nottingham invited everyone to fill the Nottingham Eye with creative activities such as sewing, reading and music. More than 50 organisations took part, drawing attention to the abundance and diversity of creativity in the city.

In the news: Get Creative takes over The Wheel of Nottingham (Nottingham Post)


Help make a giant collage of Plymouth Sound and the breakwater and make a mini one to take home with you. This drop-in workshop at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery was part of a project about artists working with museum collections to bring them to life and engaging brand new audiences.


Creative Black Country

Bedtime Stories: Circus family fun activity workshops run by Creative Black Country and Upswing.

Where: Forest Arts Centre, Hawbush Road, Walsall, WS3 1AG

When: from Thursday 19 February

Oldbury, West Bromwich

Creative Black Country

There was an opportunity to work alongside professional scenic artists and assist with the design and completion of a huge mural on display on the front of Infamous Community Arts' building. The project began on Monday 16 February and everyday from 10:00–14:00 and finishes on Friday 20 February.

Northern Ireland


Urban Visualz, The Verbal Reading Rooms project and Voluntary Arts Ireland took part in a special reading room and live street art painting event.


Studio Souk and Oxfam Ireland held upcycling demonstrations. While FabLab gave people the chance to try a 'digital' maker with laser cutters and digital printers.


Voluntary Arts Scotland and BBC Radio Scotland's The Culture Studio will be exploring a range of cultural groups meeting all over Scotland every week. Director of Voluntary Arts Scotland Jemma Neville will be trying her hand at new activities on 19 February and across the week of 23–27 February, whether it’s rapper sword dancing or life drawing, knitting and creative writing.

Volunteers from the Commonwealth Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies will talk about passing the baton of their experience on to other arts organisations through the Casting On project and youth ambassadors from Time to Shine, an arts strategy giving voice to the next generation talk about the importance of creativity in Scotland.



A Voluntary Arts graffiti event was held at Wales’ first dedicated graffiti and street art gallery in Cardiff where a group of amateur painters took up spray cans for the first time.

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