Create your own Vision board workshop

Getting materials ready for this lovely afternoon coming up on 22nd January 1-5pm in Brighton. Come along to create your own vision board for your life in 2017!
Want to set your intentions, wishes and help create your desires for 2017 but in a fun, creative way?

e102936a3e06b730c1aaf5b19e2c8bb7This resourceful afternoon is a inspiring and focussed way to look at your year ahead and the life you would like to realise in the next twelve months.

The session will start with a meditative journey to set new intentions and plans, followed by a supportive and informal group involving collage and visualisation to generate your most fulfilling way forward.

Vision boards help:

* Set and prioritise goals, values, and intentions.
* Plant goals and intentions
* Seeing a vision board regularly—with images and words representing your goals, wishes, and values—helps remind you of what you want to do, be, and have.
* Ensure that you move towards these goals, both consciously and unconsciously.

At the end of the afternoon, you will leave have a bespoke, inspiring and original vision board to display in your home and refer to regularly, as well as a clearer sense of the way forward for you into the New Year.

£8 for the afternoon – All materials provided along with refreshments.

Bring nice nibbles to share.

There is only space in the venue for 8-10 people so book your place soon!


A very Merry Christmas!

Strike a Light – Arts and Heritage sends you festive greetings.

A Happy New Year in 2017! 

2016 has been a bumper year for us with new projects, a studio move and organisational changes too!

A look back over 2016 …

The Boys on the Plaque
Our ongoing partnership with Fabrica Gallery on The Boys on the Plaque project has continued with a year of free Conversation Cafes, outings, talks and a Heritage Open Days event.

We’ve enjoyed every minute of it, and met some lovely people at our events – Thanks to all who’ve come along, watched films, sang and made each occasion special!

Next year, we’ll be creating a booklet about the project for Fabrica which will be coming out in June 2017 and will go out to local schools and organisations.

Find out more about the project here.

The Orange Lilies
We oversaw the successful start of The Orange Lilies – Brighton & Hove in the Somme project, funded by The Heritage Lottery Fund.

We now have 22 volunteer researchers looking at the theme of Brighton and Hove in the Somme alongside exploring the role of the Royal Sussex Regiments during 1916. We have also engaged five young film makers who are creating short films about WWI in Brighton.

This project runs until July 2017, and we have free events and activities taking place throughout the rest of the project.

If you’d like to take part, or come along to an event, visit our project site for further information.

Dancing with Dementia
We’ve just begun a pilot project Dancing with Dementia in collaboration with the charity Jewish Care at a centre in Brighton, encouraging older residents with dementia to stay active, using music to trigger memories.

Our first event brought students from Brighton music college Access to Music to play songs to residents and encouraged them to join in with singing. Next year brings workshops with dancers and teachers, as well as performances to join in with.

Thanks to the Healthy Collaboration fund through Trust for Developing Communities for this support.

Dr Blighty
We were pleased to deliver creative activities on behalf of the company Nukhut as part of the celebrated Dr Blighty project exploring Indian soldiers in Brighton & Hove during WWI this winter.

To date we’ve led 54 workshops with young people in a variety of schools, venues and events in November and December. Phew!

In 2017 we’ll be creating an education pack based on these activities which will go out free to all local city schools for use in perpetuity.


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Rotary Club Award
We’re excited to say that Creative Director of Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage (Nicola Benge) attended a lunch to receive a Community Service Award for her work, given by the Rotary Club of Brighton & Hove this month, a nice way to round up the year.

Thank you!
We’d like to say a big thank you for supporting us this year! To all of you who’ve attended sessions, worked with us, volunteered,or enjoyed our arts and heritage activities and events across Sussex.

We look forward to continuing forward with our unique blend of arts and heritage into 2017.

Get in touch!

To keep up to date with Strike a Light’s free activities:

Follow our website here
Join us on Facebook
Twitter @strikerlight

or drop in to our new venue – Studio 8, Open Market, Marshalls Row, Brighton BN1 4JU.

Dr Blighty – Brighton activities

Strike a Light has just finished the schools and activity delivery of the Dr Blighty project for Nutkhut after a hectic six weeks in Brighton and Hove! Last we we rounded things up with a trip to the Royal Pavilion with curator Kevin Bacon who gave the Brighton and Hove Home Education Group pupils a talk about Indian Soldiers in the city during World War I.

Following this, we ran a day of creative activities along the theme of Dr Blighty at Jubilee Library which was a drop in for families and children. We hung up saris, played Diwali and Bollywood music and had help from two artists who worked with participants to create Rangoli mandalas, Indian posters and Kandil lanterns. We had 75 children in sessions, so it was a hectic but lovely day.

We are now concentrating on creating a Key Stage 2 and 3 Education Pack about the theme and which once it’s completed in January 2017, will then go out to all city schools for use in the future and promote the BME history of WWI in the city.

You can see some of the event images below.

Film screening cancelled today

Unfortunately due to circumstances beyond our control, the film screening for The Orange Lilies project due this morning at Fabrica gallery in Brighton ‘A Testament of Youth’ by the organisation Into Film has been cancelled.
We hope to reschedule early in 2017 with a different film.
Apologies for the short notice of this.


Dr Blighty schools workshops

We’ve been having a lovely time this month with local artists going in to schools across Brighton and Hove to deliver a variety of themed arts workshops with children and young people as part of the wider Dr Blighty project.

We’ve created seven different themes to engage young people in the city linking to Indian soldiers in Brighton in WWI, including making Diwali shadow puppets, creating memorials, offering Kandil lanterns and finding out more about the men who came here through a series of centenary biographies.

Find out more about the project as a whole through the organisation Nutkhut who’ve contracted us to deliver these sessions.

WWI Community History Event – places still available on 18/11

the-orange-lilies-community-history-event-18th-nov-2016-1To commemorate the end date of The Battle of the Somme and its’ effects on Brighton and Hove, we are holding a Community History Event at the University of Brighton this week.

We have seven free places left on this Brighton & Hove in the Somme event this Friday 18th November 2-5pm in Brighton.

If you’d like to attend this activity, then please book here:


Alice Bamber – Munitionette

WWI local history update from our The Orange Lilies – Brighton & Hove in the Somme project

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We were pleased to meet with local Brighton resident Mary Funnell recently through The Orange Lilies – Brighton & Hove in the Somme project, and through her discovered a treasure trove of Brighton and Hove in WWI memories.

Mary’s paternal family had the surname Bamber and moved to first Portslade and then Brighton in around 1905 from London, when Alice Bamber (Mary’s paternal aunt) was five.

Mary remembers many of this side of her family and knew them well, many of them living to a ripe old age in the 1980s and 1990s, with Mary’s father being the youngest of the Bamber children.


Emma Bamber was born in 1900 in Clapton (Hackney), London to William Eccleston Bamber and Emma Bamber (nee Robinson).

emma-robinson-bamber-photowilliam-bamber-photoWhen the family moved to Brighton to be closer to other members of the family, Mary remembers that her grandmother Emma ran a little shop on the Elm Grove…

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Brighton and Hove WWI display for Armistice Day – The Keep

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ww1-recruiting-poster-war-meeting-brighton-dome-britishBrighton and Hove WWI display for Armistice Day 

On Armistice Day, There will be a display of some original material from The Keep archive. One day only!
Friday 11th November 10am-4pm
We will be marking Armistice Day at The Keep with a free mini exhibition of archive material relating to the First World War. We’ll be including original newspapers, scrapbooks and photograph albums, soldiers’ letters, posters and more. For one day only, Friday 11 November, 10am – 4pm. All welcome!
The Armistice display will be in the ‘glass box’, which is the group work room between two reading rooms, so it isn’t going to be huge, but we’re including material from all The Keep’s partners so it should be an interesting mix and, we hope, an indication of the kinds of things people might hope to find here.

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Free Creative Workshops for Families – Jubilee Library

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Join us for FREE creative family activities at Jubilee Library, Brighton this November.
(Part of Nutkhut’s celebrated Dr Blighty project).
Drop in activities, no need to book!
11am-4.30pm Sunday 27th November
Jubilee Library, Jubilee Street, Brighton, BN1 1GE
Free workshops and activities run by professional artists include:
* Make colourful Kandil lanterns – 11am – 4.30pm
* Design and create an Indian themed poster – 1.30 – 4.30pm
* Listen to Indian music
Part of the celebrated Dr Blighty project – Find out more about Indian soldiers at the Pavilion in WWI; make a poster, or Kandil lanterns, try Indian themed crafts, find out more about Brighton & Hove’s local memories & more.
Activities free and suitable for children ages 5 and upwards
Our Brighton and Hove based organisation Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage is pleased to be delivering these activities on behalf of the company Nukhut as part of the celebrated Dr Blighty project exploring Indian soldiers in Brighton during WWI.


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Brighton and Hove in WWI – lives unfolding

The Orange Lilies - Brighton & Hove in the Somme

Alice bamber.jpgNicola Benge, Project Manager of The Orange Lilies – Brighton & Hove in The Somme gave a talk about the project recently at The British Legion pop in centre in Brighton.

The talk explored local lives during WWI, and the history of the city and its’ residents from 30th June to 18th November 1916.

If you’re interested in viewing the talk, it was created using the Prezi format to make it a wee bit more zingy, and which you can see here:


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