Allowing the random to create inspiration…

I’ve been walking a lot lately & re seeing the joys of the street and her gifts…

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Cooltan Arts – well they are cool!

Mad Hatters Tea Party 14th June 2014 1pm – 6pm 

CoolTan Arts opens its doors for a fun filled afternoon at the Mad Hatters Tea Party as part of Anxiety Arts Festival London 2014.

With four FREE workshops running and the official opening of our new exhibition, the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party will be a chance to try out new things and get creative. There is no need to book, everyone is welcome to turn up on the day.

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Truly a space where you can come as you are a be welcomed..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Schedule:

Food and Mood, 1-2pm: ‘An interactive, hands-on, drop-in workshop looking at foods that have both positive and negative impacts on our nervous systems, sleep cycles and brain functions.

Understanding ‘Panic Attacks’, 2.15-3.45pm: “What is a panic attack? And how come it can make you feel like you’re going mad or having a heart attack?”

Postcard Art-‘A Message 2U’ , 2.30-3.30pm:
‘A Message 2U’, from Object to Word(s) an Image Emerge!
Come along and bring along; something dear to you or even discarded, such as a newspaper clipping, old lipstick, favourite mug, photograph, past postcard, extract of text, or a poem..

Anxious to get painting, 4.-5pm:
Get creative and practice your painting skills in this fun art workshop. No previous experience necessary!

SummerTime Blues: Art Exhibition Opening, 5-6pm: Private viewing of the new exhibition Summertime Blues. All artwork is created by CoolTan participants in creative workshops, and the theme is ‘anxiety & summer’. The exhibition is open from 11 June-11 August but this event marks the official opening.

Free entry – no tickets required

The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party is part of the Anxiety Arts Festival London 2014: http://anxiety2014.org/

Info: 020 7701 2696/ Olivia@cooltanarts.org.uk.

http://www.cooltanarts.org.uk/2014/03/cooltan-arts-mad-hatters-tea-party/

And on 21st June 2014… Largactyl Shuffle a night walk to celebrate the Summer Solistice and learn more of the darker side of London’s history in relation to mental health care…

 

Giving centre stage to London’s less well known creative communities…

You know of amazing projects happening in your own backyard, perhaps you even run one or attend a group that inspires you to reconnect with yourself after a hard day, unwind after a long week and more importantly feel a sense of connection to where you live or work…

Seeking out such groups on some of the more well hidden nooks and crannies of London has been at the heart of co-curating Anxiety Arts Festival London 2014 – and now June is finally here do take the many opportunities we have cooked up with The Dragon Cafe, Mental Fight Club, Mind and Soul Choir, Friends of Cathja, Cooltan Arts and Lambeth Addiction recovery just to name few… blink and you will have missed so many treats!

Communities programme – Anxiety Arts Festival London 2014

When thinking about what could a Communities programme look like as part of Anxiety Arts Festival London 2014

London as a body came to mind and that each of use who live, work and visit here at any given time make up that body and the roads, buildings and green spaces form the structure, the web we all co-exist in…

And what if when you as a festival goer come to a festival event you get to really challenge yourself and what you think is ‘community’ or not…

Much is written about the ‘fractured’ self or ‘split’ self and in much of my own experience of being able to come ‘home’ to myself is just as much about how I am feeling as much about where I live and  who I live with and around. And how I choose to frame this… and that community exists even if and when I say “I don’t do community” sitting hidden away in my flat…

You are invited to go into new spaces such as The Anatomy Museum and Theatre at Kings College (a hidden gem of London’s), see  supposed ‘old’ societal anxieties in new light given that many of yester year’s problems maybe seem like they have not gone away i.e. Horace Ove’s film Pressure and to see new theatre and writing that brings those real everyday anxieties such as the decline of loved ones in later life into reality through lived experience with tenderness and humour i.e. Julie McNamara’s Let Me Stay

So I hope we’ve managed to do this in our programming not just within Communities but across the whole festival – we have each played with making new collaborations with groups not usually included in festivals such as patients in locked wards, prisoners, recovery addicts and community mental health service users…

You’ll be the judges of whether it has worked… do tell me/us… @anxiety2014 #anxiety2014

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How can a festival inspire you to re-examine your relationship with community and what this means to you?

Dinner & Drawing – a relaxed, fun & playful evening 7th November 2013

Treat yourself to a welcoming, relaxed and fun evening of the best of dinner & drawing…

https://www.facebook.com/events/594879453870102/

Creating creative randomness... with Anna B. Sexton

Creating creative randomness… with Anna B. Sexton

Ignite Your Creativity – Oh Comely reader offer until 9am 20.09.13

I love being curious about my own and other’s creativity that it’s only fair to share the love with fellow readers of Oh Comely magazine

Click here to claim (until 9am 20th September 2013) an offer price for your place on Ignite Your Creativity Day Retreat in the City… bring a copy of the current edition along with you!

https://igniteyourcreativityinthecitysept13.eventbrite.co.uk/

Oh Comely readers offer to ignite your creativity...

Oh Comely readers offer to ignite your creativity…

Will you ignite your creativity with me?

photo by Suke Driver

Creatively escape with Penny Stanford & Anna B. Sexton 21.09.13

Ignite Your Creativity Day Retreat in The City 21.09.13

Creative Retreat, East London with Anna B. Sexton & Penny Stanford

   Creative Retreat, East London with Anna B. Sexton & Penny Stanford

  Open To Create… presents

  Ignite Your Creativity retreat day in the City

 

Saturday 10am – 5pm 21st September 2013

This bespoke creative making and thinking day has been specially made for those of you who find it hard even to retreat away from the city f      for a weekend.

Picture yourself slipping away for the day to a magical place hidden in the East of London – that really is a hidden gem…

One step through the front door into the creative making hub you will feel inspire, welcomed and at home.

    Your Investment  –  £80 (waged)   £60 concessions (full time student/low income)

We deliberately keep the group size intimate to no more than 12 places. Secure your place by sending your deposit NOW

    £30 deposit – your remaining fee due by 19th September 2013

 

 

Venue

The Create Place, 29 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green, London E2 9PJ

Directions

What will you being doing?

Together during the day you will re-ignite your unique version & vision of creativity in this special hub space created to champion all forms of creativity in the heart of bustling East London.

You will be encouraged and supported to play with making your own personal road map, hand folding and filling your personal guide book and experiment with your unique creative ways to think and make creatively on your own or in groups.

The session runs promptly from;

10am – 5pm Saturday 21st September 2013

Investment of your time 7 hours over a Saturday £80 / £60

We deliberately keep the group size intimate to no more than 12 places*

For your gift to yourself you will receive;

Benefits – based on feedback from previous retreaters

  • Feeling myself in free flow and connection within an extraordinary group
  • The reconnection I had with my own sense of play
  • The feelings of great joy from creative making especially my handmade book
  • Being in the group helped me to see I can do what I creatively love to do and that what was missing was the ‘community’ of creative explorers to do this with me
  • Re-connection to fun whilst being grounded and connected at the same time
  • How important being in a trusting and supportive atmosphere brings about pure creativity, love, warmth and this helped my creative process no end
  • To know in myself I am on my right path
  • To have re-discovered that place within me where creativity lives – to have re-discovered my creative engine

Features

  • Personal creative coaching and mentoring from Anna B. Sexton on both days
  • Work with guest creative professionals – Penny Stanford – hand made book maker & fine art printer
  • All creative materials
  • Morning tea & coffee and pastries
  • Afternoon tea
* one place on the day is gifted to those of you who feel a calling to join in & right now it’s not doable to join please email anna@opentocreate.com for more details of how to apply

Call ME!! 07941 655 856 to let us know your needs

or email anna@opentocreate.com

Join in with the conversation via Open To Create… dedicated events page

https://www.facebook.com/events/379197532198076/

Playing with a creative challenge to re-wild my life during Sept 2013

Already loving the challenge of getting out daily for 30 minutes into the ‘wild’…

Day 1 of the challenge – supporting Tim Ridley lead his final art walk on Epsom & Ashtead Common, Epsom, Surrey http://artist-walks-epsom.blogspot.com/Image

Here’s 2 links to my rubbings made on a tree at the highest point of the common

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For me this means into nature that surrounds me in the city of Ol’ London town.

The Re-wilding challenge comes from the awesome folk @ We Are Wilderness

Keep your eyes and ears peeled for some wild images coming from this blog in the next 28 days – gosh who knows what wild and mysterious creatures and features I will discover in my urban field trips…

More later…

I am off to look at the stars…

Creativity nestles in a corner of Poplar

It’s a real moment in one’s Life when you can read a beautiful, evoking piece of writing about something you’ve created, that is close to your heart…

Well it’s happened and thanks to East Londonista I am brimming with pride and gratitude for her creative efforts in her latest blog.

http://londonandeast.wordpress.com/2013/08/25/creativity-nestles-in-a-corner-of-poplar/

Do check it out and devour the whole article!

It perfectly evokes the feelings, sensations and sense of connection we all co-created together early in August 2013…

It really goes to prove the power of Twitter which is how I first met East Londonista and our creative connections online went from there… Beautiful… I can end this day a wee bit more happy and proud than I started off.

And keep my momentum going for the next Dinner & Drawing Tuesday 3rd September 2013 6.30pm – 9.30pm Open To Create… HQ, 4 Jones House, off Blair Street, London E14 0NT Follow this link to find out more and book via our link https://www.facebook.com/events/627914393903963/

I trust you enjoy and looking forward to greeting you at Dinner & Drawing very soon !!