Creative Community Hub

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Information on this page was last updated on 01/10/2017

VIC_Creative_Community_Hub2The Art group was one of the first activities developed by VIC and through Darren Horsnell’s own experience of using art for its therapeutic benefits at Combat Stress; it was decided to set up a weekly group in Bacup in 2011.  The group has developed into one of our successful projects and the membership has grown.

The ages of those who have taken part over the last two years have ranged from 6 – 92 years of age. Many of those who have taken part have had very basic arts and crafts skills, the work produced has improved so much that their work has been exhibited at the number of venues; including our first VIC exhibition at Alder Grange in 2011, Bury Millgate Shopping Centre in 2012 & 2013, The Army Arts Society annual exhibition at Salisbury in 2011, Bideford Veterans Art Exhibition, Castle Park Association of Wildlife Artists, The Tate Gallery in London and numerous community arts and crafts events.

VIC was successful in a second application for funding through the Armed Forces Community Covenant Grant Scheme in February 2014. The grant was to develop the art and crafts group further so others in the wider community can take part in these activities. With the VIC Centre opening we had the accommodation and the necessary resources to develop this Creative Community Hub. It is so successful and oversubscribed that is now run on Tuesday and Fridays at the VIC Centre. There are plans to open one evening and occasional week-ends.

The Creative Community Hub has broadened its activities offered and now includes other crafts such as glass painting/etching, pottery, modelling, air painting, framing and mounting service, photography and combined art, learning and outdoor weekend activities. Offering such varied activities provides a focal point for community integration and increased local involvement and shared identity.

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