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Mosaics, monsters masks, movement and much more on Get Creative Day

6 April 2016

The Get Creative campaign has been running for just over one year and is the biggest ever joint campaign by the BBC and the UK’s Cultural Organisations.

We've been lucky enough to work with hundreds of arts organisations, our champions, who helped us celebrate Get Creative on Saturday 2 April.

They've been sharing some of the fantastic photos and stories from the events they hosted to help spread the word of creativity.

Go Sketch

Go Sketch's balloon collage

Bristol-based champion Go Sketch aims to inspire children and adults to get involved in visual arts and they hosted their event in Cabot Circus. They invited anyone to come along, grab the felt tips and design a hot air balloon which they then added to a skyline to create the collage above.

Black Swan Arts

Black Swan Arts in Frome, Somerset, and Somerset Arts joined forces to offer free sessions including a wire workshop, demonstrations on how filigree jewellery is made and how 24ct gold leaf can be bonded to silver, making casts using silicon moulds and basic painting techniques.

New links were forged - people signed up for future jewellery workshops and it was lovely to see families being creative together

One of the artists, Fiona Campbell, told us about the event:

"We all really enjoyed our Get Creative event - it was a great success! Artisans Linda Sandeman, Yasemin Sweet, Alexander Langford, Lila Streether, Suzanne Waterworth and I ran complimentary 20+ minute drop-in taster workshops in the Black Swan gallery or artisan studios. Over 45 participants of all ages took part between 2-4pm, many learnt new skills and took something they had made away with them. New links were forged - people signed up for future jewellery workshops and it was lovely to see families being creative together.

I was based in the main gallery running a wire workshop, where all ages from eight years to adult had a chance to explore sculpting techniques in wire and create a small colourful piece. I built in a rota system for as many as possible to have a go in limited space in the gallery. Many stayed longer than 20 mins, so there were overlaps.

Linda and Yasemin demonstrated filigree Jewellery and how 24ct gold leaf can be bonded to silver ('Keum Boo' - a Korean technique) in their friendly informal studio on the ground floor, where visitors could have a go!

Alexander makes bas reliefs of people, horses and angels, which he casts in a plaster/acrylic compound using silicon moulds. With Alexander's help, participants made casts of cherubs or angels to take home.

Lila demonstrated botanical painting in Studio 1, supplying paper and paints for those wanted to 'have a go' at basic painting techniques. Suzanne gave people the opportunity to make their own porcelain beads to take home.

Black Swan's current Young Open Exhibition had over 200 visitors on Saturday, and it was a real added bonus for visitors to see a wire workshop in progress in the gallery, in the context of some of the artwork on display!"

Sadler’s Wells

Photo: Sadler’s Wells

At Sadler's Wells, the National Youth Dance Company members invited you to join them in the foyer for a group improvisation. Visitors danced along or simply traveled with the dancers as they moved throughout the theatre. The company also offered the public the opportunity to learn a sequence inspired by its new work, In - Nocentes, which they’ll be premiering on 7 April.

Photo: Sadler’s Wells
Photo: Sadler’s Wells

Leeds College of Art

Leeds College of Art held a Young Creatives Portable Art Workshop as its Get Creative event.

Young Creatives Co-ordinator Anne-Marie Moore said, "we had a fantastic turnout of 30 children, accompanied by 20 adults, on the day. Our attendees engaged in free taster sessions at the college, in the areas of 3D and sculpture, book-binding, drawing and mixed media."


Art4Space, based in Stockwell in London, opened their doors for a 'mindful mosaic' workshop. Over 30 people turned up to their community art centre to make mosaics. They were invited to make two, take one home and leave the other to support their fundraiser to raise money for a Kenyan primary school.

Arts Derbyshire

Arts Derbyshire organised a Creative Giants workshop with storyteller, artist and puppeteer Creeping Toad. With the help of Chesterfield and Bolsover Libraries, mask-makers and giant-shapers a fantastical time bringing their creations to life.

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