May 2016 is going to be very busy at Artisans Collective CIC

May potentially be our busiest month so far.

We have lots of community related activities based in Prestatyn in May 2016.

Artisans Collective CIC are proud that all of our team have all received Dementia friendly communityDementia friends training and we are looking forward to helping promote Dementia awareness week in May.

We are also chairing and facilitating the local group who are working towards our community in Prestatyn becoming dementia friendly in 2016.

All of our groups all participating in Voluntary Arts Week activities with some fantastic work to brighten up our community.

Including a display at the Scala cinema in Prestatyn and inside and outside of our premises The Old Library on Nant Hall Road., including Yarn bombing and garden art.

CraftBomb-logo-2016-for-partners May

We love Grow Wild and so do our community and visitors to our town judging by last years response to the small kids patch of wild flowers last year.

So this year with Support from Kew Gardens we are going much bigger with displays around our locality. Including work by Men’s Shed Prestatyn who we are also working on Projects for Friends of Prestatyn Railway station.

The first signs of growth are visible today the first of May, during the month we are expecting to see the first flowers appear.May grow wild logo

We are also hosting  the start of walks during the first day of the 12th annual Prestatyn & Clwydian Range Walking Festival on Friday 20th, which continues to grow each year with visitors from all over the UK and overseas.

A firmly established event providing FREE guided walks for all ages and abilities, ranging from all day treks to easier strolls with some special themes. Fun and adventure for all the family in the great outdoors.

Finally on May 30th we will be integrated within the Prestatyn Car show held alongside our premises.

All of this alongside our usual retail and group activities plus preparing for Wales in Bloom the Royal Horticultural Society’s ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ Campaign.

Do not forget the Stop Smoking sessions each Tuesday Evening from 5pm !!!

Easter 2016 Community event

Easter with the Artisans

A Selection of Steve’s pictures from our 2016 Easter community event.

Artisans Collective Community Interest Company held an Easter community event at the old library in Prestatyn, featuring free puppet shows, splat the rat, cupcake decorating and live music.

Peter Harrison quoted “ This was our first community event of 2016, arranged due to public demand and centered around families. It was great to get the support of local businesses, community organisations and the police at such short notice, particularly at such a very busy time.

We had two shows from Sally’s Puppets that were very well received with comments posted on social media like “ from Jimena Schamber: We had a lovely time at the puppets show! The kids didn’t want it to end!! And the cakes were yummy! Thank you ! and Lowri Woosnam: Thank you , My girls and I had fun today we watched the puppet show twice, and they loved the cup cakes thank you all involved Happy Easter.

Sally King-Sheard, volunteer coordinator from ChildLine, attended with “splat the rat” which was enjoyed by all age groups, as well as providing the enjoyment Sally was pleased to have visitors interested in joining ChildLine as volunteers at their Trigg House base in the town.

The award winning Cupcake Café kindly provided free cupcake decorating, Jennifer Davies co-owner said “We really enjoyed being part of the community event hosted by Artisans Collective, it was nice seeing so many smiling faces”.

Music was provided by George Stanley Evans, who also really enjoyed watching the puppet show between the live acoustic sessions.

Denbighshire Coastal and Abergele Local Policing Team attended with PCSO Laura Vaughan getting a chance to try her hand at cupcake decorating.

Artisans Collective are looking forward to running a number of other community events during the year and are currently working on voluntary arts week and grow wild projects with groups that are based at the old library all aimed at promoting and increasing active participation in creative cultural activities and to transform our outside communal space by sowing and growing UK native plants.

Spring is here and we are getting very busy

There is always something happening at The Old Library however we are really busy this spring.

Here is a list with links to some of the things we have been up to so far this spring:

  • Hosted the first Prestatyn Dementia friendly meeting
  • Attended the Wales in Bloom Launch
  • Worked with Prestatyn Men’s Shed to form their constitution, membership criteria and Health and safety rules.
  • Held our usual weekly activities.
  • Purchased materials for our Voluntary Arts Week and Grow wild projects
  • Worked with North Wales Police to organise an event in July
  • Organised an event for Easter Saturday
  • Started work on the outside area’s.

    Here are some pictures from Saturday the first day of spring in 2016

Yarn bombing outside the Old Library during Voluntary Arts Week

yarn craft bomb

Yarn bombing, yarnbombing, yarn storming, guerrilla knitting, kniffiti, urban knitting or graffiti knitting.

“A type of graffiti or street art that employs colourful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn or fibre rather than paint or chalk.”

Loom knitting
Jayne using the knitting loom made by men’s shed to produce yarn bombing materials

All of the art and craft groups that Artisans Collective facilitate at The Old Library Arts, Craft and Heritage centre in Prestatyn will be taking part in Voluntary Arts Week as well as receiving help from Men’s Shed Prestatyn.

Voluntary Arts Week takes place each May, in cities, towns and villages across the UK and Republic of Ireland. It’s a chance for people to get creative – sharing what they already do, or trying something new for the first time.

Creativity comes in many forms, from music and singing or visual art and craft to digital art and even cooking or gardening. However you choose to express yourself, you can take part in Voluntary Arts Week between 6-15 May 2016.

Aimee’s Art group and Yvette’s Crochet groups are working hard to prepare, and Steve and Pete are busy procuring materials for the outside displays. Meanwhile Jayne is busy knitting using the loom made by a Prestatyn Men’s shed member for part of the yarn bombing.

How it all began

The first Voluntary Arts Week took place in Scotland in May 2011 but, like most good ideas, we borrowed it from someone else.

Since 2007, thousands of people across Belgium have been enjoying the annual ‘Week of Amateur Arts’ (or WAK as it’s known there) and we thought a similar event would work well here.

In 2012 Voluntary Arts Week was rolled out across England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Hopes are high that it will continue to thrive and grow into the future, just like WAK – and you can help make it happen.