Ver de Gris recently visited Beech Hill School to chat about a new creative project with Mothers & Girls exploring cultural identity, opportunity and aspiration.
This is part of the 3-year ‘Many Voices’ initiative in conjunction with Square Chapel Arts Centre supported by the Big Lottery Fund’s Reaching Communities programme and the Community Foundation for Calderdale which will provide match funding for the first year of the project.
The project will deliver a wide range of activities with diverse communities in Calderdale, with the aim of bringing people together to build confidence, knowledge, skills and understanding. Working with a range of partners, the project will celebrate the differences between communities and promote the qualities and experiences that all people share, which makes Calderdale such a vibrant and exciting place to live.
There will be a particular focus on working with women and girls, exploring the issues they face, supporting them to share their stories and have a voice.
Michaela O’Sullivan, Head of Audiences at Square Chapel Arts Centre said:
“An impressive range of work has been delivered over the past three years, but as a partnership, we found that the stories and experiences of women and girls in our communities warranted further exploration. It is particularly prescient that issues affecting women are to the fore at the moment and Many Voices is about supporting women and girls from different backgrounds and communities to have a voice and be heard. At Square Chapel, we are very much looking forward to having a further three years to work with Verd De Gris Arts to deliver this new and exciting project in Calderdale. We are enormously grateful to the Big Lottery Fund and the Community Foundation for Calderdale for funding this work and for their faith in our project.”
Both Square Chapel Arts Centre and Verd De Gris Arts use the arts as a tool to bring about improvements in people’s lives and both have strong and established track records in delivering highly successful and effective outreach programmes in Calderdale.
Verd De Gris Arts was established 15 years ago by Directors Jeff Turner and Sharon Marsden. Based in Hebden Bridge, they have established a strong track record of using the arts as a medium to change and improve people’s lives, particularly people with life-changing conditions like dementia and Parkinson’s. Their cohesion work, bringing different generations and communities together, has been ground-breaking, innovative and impactful, with programmes delivered across Calderdale and further afield in Blackburn and Lancashire.