Programme Changes due to COVID-19
We’re delighted to share we have been awarded Heritage Lottery Emergency Funding, to continue working with our illuminated manuscript project ‘A Book of Ours’. We’re writing, creating songs, music manuscripts and artwork with people with experience of homelessness.
Our project ‘A Necklace of Stars’ is now open to older adults aged 65+ from across Derbyshire. To combat isolation, whilst remaining safe, we’re offering creative activities via the post, internet and phone.
Our Covid-19 response ‘Whisper To Me Alone’ explores new, safe and innovative ways to work creatively together, collaborating with people who have lived experience of homelessness and with other vulnerable people. This project is centred on making personal books of writing, artworks and songs, as well as linking with our first global quilt project.
‘Here Comes the Sun’ is a global project inviting contributions of embroidery, artwork, short poetic texts, via post. We particularly welcome work from people with experience of homelessness. Volunteer stitchers are on hand to help, if wanted.
arthur+martha is an experimental arts organisation based in the UK. Our aim is to help people find their creative voice, building confidence, self esteem, self worth, through art and writing. We work with older people, people living with dementia, homeless people.
Being heard is a human necessity that can get forgotten in a hectic care home, or busy world. We bring attention to the visions and words of people who are sometimes lost in the corners.
Since 2007, Davenport and Blackburn have co-directed and delivered all projects for arthur+martha CIC, taking joint responsibility for managerial decisions. They devise, design, project manage, liaise and work with host venues, partners, volunteers, manage budgets, deliver projects, create bespoke promotional materials, evaluate and write appropriate reports. They work with a team of guest writers, artists, designer makers, students and invaluable volunteers. In the last year the team has included: Singer songwriter Matt Hill (The Quiet Loner) artist Jeni McConnell artist and poet Johnny Woodhams and artist Melanie Miller.
arthur+martha is a Community Interest Company (CIC) registered 11th June 2007, company number 6275774.
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Report on arthur+martha projects 2015-16