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Writing pages of possibilities at Inspiring Happy Writers

On Friday 10 November we partnered up with the fabulous Grimm & Co for our fully-booked CPD event, Inspiring Happy Writers, a practical training day for teachers and artists exploring imaginative approaches to teaching writing. Using drama, visual arts and story-making, this event aimed to give teachers and artists new, creative ideas to inspire young writers in their schools.  The day was…

Making Time (as an act of care)

Making Time: Evaluation blog by Dr Becky Parry, an independent arts educator and the arts evaluation partner for Chol. What is an act of care? The answer to this question may seem simple, but Chol have been asking questions about care in the evaluation of their practice as equal playmakers in Imaginary Communities (IC). Much of the focus of this work has…

Chol in the Netherlands – Part 2

Co-directors Carly and Jess recently visited the Netherlands as part of our Imaginary Communities Intergenerational project, in an aim to share best practice and knowledge with knowledge institute Leyden Academy and cultural organisation, Amphion Theater. Here, Lieke, PHD student at Leyden Academy, tells us more. How the project began At Leyden Academy on Vitality and Aging, we conduct scientific research on various…

Inspiring Happy Writers

We’re partnering up with Grimm & Co for Inspiring Happy Writers, a practical training day on 10 November 2023, exploring imaginative approaches to teaching writing for teachers and artists. If you are a primary teacher, researcher or artist interested in developing or learning new creative approaches to teaching literacy, this event is for you. About this Event The day will include practical…

Boogying to the Bhangra beats at Daytimers

On Saturday 15 September, we held Daytimers in Huddersfield, a vibrant performance packed with energy, music and dance to celebrate the secret underground music scene, Daytimers. This family-friendly show invited audiences of all ages to celebrate this extraordinary era. Following this, on Sunday, hundreds of people joined us for ‘Hi Celebrate – Heritage in the Hudd’ event where we saw performances from…

Flying Library

Flying Library – travelling stories in new places Inspired by Joe Todd-Stanton’s book The Comet, our recent project ‘Flying Libraries’ in partnership with Kirklees Libraries saw 90 Year 4 children from Beaumont School in Huddersfield creating their very own Comet trail. We transformed the Cholavan into the ‘Flying Library’, and through drama, story-telling and world building, the children worked together to discover all…

Imaginary Communities at Bagshaw Museum

On Tuesday 29 June we went on a day trip to Bagshaw Museum with East Bierley School, one of our second year partners in our Imaginary Communities Caring and Creative Schools project. The project aims to develop greater connections with local museum partners and showcase how Imaginary Communities can be embedded in a number of settings. The activities were centred around intrepid…

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