Thanks to everyone that came along to our Make:Shift get together last week. Not only was it really well attended, it was great to hear how all the ideas are continuing to develop.
• How Creative Wolverhampton has now registered as a Community Interest Company and is getting ever closer to developing their website as a focus for creative industries in the city
• That Earth Fire are looking to launch a new women’s course in August/September with a focus on self-worth
• That Rachel Arnold will soon be delivering 10 creative family workshops incorporating art, music and poetry based at Gatis Gardens
• How the Social Steam Engine is beginning to come of age, with grant funding, science projects and film making amongst just some of their activities
• How the Camera Obscura has not only obtained planning permission to site the installation at Boundary Way (hurrah!) but has also got seed funding from Creative Black Country for materials for workshops where you will be able to build your own mini camera obscura.
• That the Community Garden (one of our first Make:Shift ideas) is now two years old and is going from strength to strength. There is now a regular group of volunteers involved and the garden has recently hosted some work experience students
• How Elliot has heard back from the council that they are least willing to talk to him about the community potentially using Wolverhampton Environment Centre to develop several on site activities and that We Are One now has badges available for anyone wanting to show solidarity between different faith groups
• That Des is developing an invaluable service for older people in Pendeford. The Oasis provides a range of activities that combat loneliness amongst older people as well as linking them into existing services
• How Laura is striving to set up studios to support new and emerging artists in the city. They will be providing project space as well as studios and a gallery at a prestigious city centre location
Well done to everyone on your energy, enthusiasm and persistence. It’s amazing to hear how all these ideas that were just that less than a year ago are beginning to flourish into such incredible ventures. I’m truly humbled.
You don’t have to take my word for it, though, as all of the people above plus more brilliant Make:Shift ideas have agreed to showcase their talents at the next Make:Shift on 31 October 2015. It would be great if you could join us. Watch this space to find out how you can get your free ticket and make your pitch to change Wolverhampton with an idea.