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Create to Connect

In times like these, we recognise the importance of bringing people together, and know lots of you won’t be able to meet up in the same way as before. Create to Connect is a response to the impact of Covid-19 – an invitation to get creative at home and with others in your community – and see what happens along the way.

We will be hosting a month of daily creative challenges in May. This will be in collaboration with 31 different partners – including schools, libraries, workplaces, hospitals, community centres and more! This month of challenges is specifically designed to boost wellbeing and keep communities connected, curious and creative in uncertain times.

Alongside the daily challenges, you can download a free tailored activity pack to help you engage your communities (workplaces, students, families, service users, groups, neighbours…) in the challenges – online and offline. Download your pack here.

We trialled Create to Connect with two weeks of mini creative challenges from 23rd March – 5th April. You can find those challenges below.

 

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Create to Connect, Day 31 – Make your Mark!

Day 31!

Create to Connect, Day 30 – Tree of Life

Today’s challenge is set by Phoebe, a mental health nurse.

Create to Connect, Day 29 – A Ten Word Love Story

Tender is an education and arts charity committed to preventing domestic abuse.

Create to Connect, Day 28 – Whatever the Weather

Today’s challenge comes from artist and curator Aidan Moesby, who explores climate change and mental health using installations and performance.

Create to Connect, Day 27 – A Picture Paints 1000 Words

Today’s challenge is set by Angela Jones, a tutor who works with a group of adults with learning disabilities.

Create to Connect, Day 26 – A Moment in Time

Fantastic for Families’ helps families discover affordable and relevant arts and cultural activities in their local area.

Create to Connect, Day 25 – Daydream Believer

Koestler Arts is a charity that encourages people in the UK’s criminal justice system to participate in the arts.

Create to Connect, Day 24 – Say Faleminderit!

The Shpresa Programme is a user-led organisation that promotes the participation and contribution of the Albanian-speaking community in the UK.

Create to Connect, Day 23 – Curate to Connect

Art UK is the online home for every public art collection in the UK.

Create to Connect, Day 22 – On your Head

Your Space is a community wellbeing and outreach service operating in South and East Leeds.

Create to Connect, Day 21 – Recycled portraits

The challenge today comes from the National Justice Museum, based in Nottingham’s old Shire Hall and County Gaol.

Create to Connect, Day 20 – My Beautiful Mess

Kristina Veasey is a visual artist who likes to flip negatives into positives, and find beauty in the mundane.

Create to Connect, Day 19 – Cards for Connection

Holborn Community Association offers arts, sport and social projects for the local community in Holborn, London.

Create to Connect, Day 18 – 100 Drawings

Today’s challenge is set by Accumulate.

Create to Connect, Day 17 – Collaborative Creations

Young Norfolk Arts provides opportunities for children and young people to create and engage with creativity and culture across Norfolk.

Create to Connect, Day 16 – Conversations with Character

Today’s challenge is from the Synergy Theatre Project, who work across theatre and the criminal justice system towards the rehabilitation and resettlement of prisoners, ex-prisoners and young people at risk of offending.

Create to Connect, Day 15 – Welcome to my World!

Today’s challenge is set by London Youth.

Create to Connect, Day 14 – Making your Mind Up

Today’s challenge comes from the Bethlem Museum of the Mind and the Bethlem Gallery.

Create to Connect, Day 13 – Furry Face

Today’s challenge is set by Gateshead Libraries, Arts & Heritage service.

Create to Connect, Day 12 – Hidden Histories

Today’s challenge is set by a young artist at Contact, a theatre and arts venue in Manchester that place young people at the decision-making heart of everything.

Create to Connect, Day 11 – The Mindfulness Project

Today’s challenge is set by Tangled Feet who create original theatre performances, sometimes inside theatres but often in other public spaces.

Create to Connect, Day 10 – Sing for your Supper!

Mafwa Theatre is a community theatre organisation working with refugees, asylum seekers and low-income communities in Leeds.

Create to Connect, Day 9 – Wild People

Today’s challenge is from Ignite Imaginations, an arts charity based in South Yorkshire who work with people of all ages to celebrate and connect communities through art and creativity.

Create to Connect, Day 8 – Nature Scenes

Today’s challenge is set by the Age of Creativity network.

Create to Connect, Day 7 – Time Capsule

Today’s challenge is from Company Three.

Create to Connect, Day 6 – You are Poetry

This poetry challenge is set by Sophie Symington, a teacher from Birmingham who’s finding fun and engaging ways to support homeschooling.

Create to Connect, Day 5 – #TextureHunterGatherer

Liz Atkin is an artist and mental health advocate based in London.

Create to Connect, Day 4 – Little box of Calm

YoungMinds are leading the fight for young people’s mental health.

Create to Connect, Day 3 – Pen to Paper

Arts in Care Homes champions arts and creativity in care homes and provides accessible resources for anyone who wants to organise arts activities with older people.

Create to Connect, Day 2 – Mundane Memoirs

Today’s Challenge is set by It’s Not Your Birthday But…,champions of the lost art of letter writing, who connect people through letters, words and visual arts.

Create to Connect, Day 1 – The Together Collective

Welcome to Create to Connect – a month of daily creative challenges to keep us doing, thinking and sharing at home.

Create to Connect, Day 14 – #CreateToConnect

Today is the final day of Create to Connect – two weeks of mini creative challenges to keep us doing, thinking and sharing at home.

Create to Connect, Day 13 – Game On

A bit of friendly competition never hurt anyone.

Create to Connect, Day 12 – Fancy Pants Friday

It’s Friday!

Create to Connect, Day 11 – Colour Dash

An oldie but a goodie!

Create to Connect, Day 10 – Ordinary Extraordinary

Today, we are switching it up.

Create to Connect, Day 9 -Print ‘n’ Pattern

Today, we’re getting creative, one little step at a time… Create a repeating pattern.

Create to Connect, Day 8 – 50 Words

It’s Monday morning, the start of a brand new week.

Create to Connect, Day 7 – Tower Power

Today, we are scaling new heights, we are reaching new peaks, we are building up, up and away – today, we’ve got tower power… Build a tower using the things you’ve got to hand.

Create to Connect, Day 6 – Create your Plate

It’s time to get creative with the contents of your cupboard!

Create to Connect, Day 5 – Creation Station

It’s Friday!

Create to Connect, Day 4 – Window to the World

Today we are exploring ways to hello.

Create to Connect, Day 3 – 20 Seconds

We’ve all been told to wash our hands regularly for twenty seconds (about enough time to sing Happy Birthday twice…).

Create to Connect, Day 2 – Haiku Review

Now might be a good time to work your way through the book pile by your bed, or to put that Netflix subscipription to good use.

Create to Connect, Day 1 – Creative Companion

Welcome to day 1 of #CreateToConnect!