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Free half term families creative activities – starts 31st May

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St Peters – Preston Park

Our free family creative activities start tomorrow Thursday 31st May 11-4pm! 

We are pleased to have been commissioned by St Peters- Preston Park to deliver a series of six free creative workshops at the church and in their grounds between May-September 2018.

The workshops are a key part of the HLF-funded Project Restoring the Chancel: Highlighting the 20th Century History of St Peter’s, Preston Park to engage local people around St Peter’s to:

  • Visit the church for the first time.
  • See the church as an enjoyable place to spend time.
  • Look afresh at the church and particularly the stencilling in the chancel.
  • Find out more about St Peter’s and the history of the surrounding Preston Village area.
  • Find out more about the practice and history of the art of stencilling.

We’ll be delivering free creative families drop-in workshops (printing, mosaic, brass rubbing, and stained glass making) at St Peter’s on the following dates:

31st May, 24th June (Preston Village Day), 14th July, 31st July, 16th Aug, 8th SeptemberEach workshop will run from 11-4pm. 

All the event dates and further information are over on our Facebook page so you can pop them in your diary. Come join us!

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Affordable Room Hire 

Did you know that you can hire our central Brighton studio for meetings, events and training at an affordable price!

“Compact but well-equipped, this space is just right for small meetings. There is also a variety places to eat downstairs in the market.” Sussex Cohousing

Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage has affordable space available to rent in its’ Brighton’s Open Market based studio (mezzanine level) between 9-6pm weekdays and weekends throughout the year.

If you’d like central Brighton space to try out a new workshop activity, run training sessions, access hot desk space space, or to run a regular creative session for up to ten people each time (that’s our limit due to room size), then get in touch!

The space is available for the affordable price of £7 per hour (min three hours per session).

‘We loved it!’ Brighton Housing Trust

The studio offers broadband, a disability access lift, WC, heating, tables and chairs, flip chart holder, as well as a kitchen area with microwave, sink with running hot and cold water, and kettle, cups and teapots etc for your own refreshments. Refreshments can also be provided for you as an extra cost, as can flip chart paper.

If you would like to find out more about this facility or view the space, please contact the Creative Director of Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage: strikealight@rocketmail.com / 07727006538

https://strikealight.org/about-2/affordable-room-hire-for-workshops-and-meetings/

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New Courses from Strike a Light

We’re running two training courses at our studio this summer: a one day Introduction to Reminiscence day for beginners and those interested in finding out more about this area on 20th June, followed by a two day (much more in depth) Reminiscence Training Course on 18th and 19th July.

Fees per person per course:
£85 (Group/organisation rate per person) for one day training / £60 individuals
Two day training: £140 organisations (per person) /£100 Individuals

Please email: strikealight@rocketmail.com or call 07727 006538 to enquire or to book the courses.

Event address:
Strike a Light-Arts & Heritage
Studio 8
Brighton Open Market, Marshalls Row
Brighton BN1 4JU

Find out about all the training we offer here. We can also provide bespoke in-house training for your organisation if you require it.

We aim to run more courses in autumn 2018, so do Follow our website so you can stay up to date and book your place early!

Mazel tov Brighton – Movement Through Tradition 

Strike a Light continues with its’ project Mazel tov Brighton! Movement through Tradition celebrating links between Judaism and Brighton and Hove lives with residents of the Jewish Care charity run home Hyman Fine House.

The project celebrates Judaism through active aging, finding physical as well as mental ways to address early onset dementia. We are doing this through dance activities and physical workshops, whilst exploring Brighton’s Jewish history.

We began this project in April 2017 and due to further funding, will be able to run it until summer 2018 thanks to Brighton and Hove Dementia Action Alliance

https://strikealight.org/projects/mazel-tov-brighton/


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The Unremembered project

20180313_160405.jpgWe participated in a great project recently ‘The Unremembered’ to commemorate the brave sacrifices of the Labour Corps especially those from across the globe – in particular black and minority ethnic soldiers, and their heroic contribution to the war effort.

We worked with the Memories Past group in Portslade to create a wreath to remember the sinking of the SS Mendi (a South African troop ship) in the English Channel near the Isle of Wight in 1917, with the loss of most hands on board, some 600 black Labour Corps soldiers from South Africa.

20180313_151004.jpgOur wreath was a collage and cardboard combination with images from those who’d been serving at the time of the disaster and includes all the names of the men lost at sea, along with detailing in the colours of the South African flag.

Remembering Together 

We are running a series of free community workshops at The Bridge in Brighton on Mondays in April, encouraging older people from the area to make Life History books to facilitate the celebration and sharing of memories.

Thank you to The Bridge for funding these sessions and hosting the activities.

Trench Brothers project continues

161222-SS_Mendi-1The acclaimed ‘imaginative and inspiring’ Trench Brothers project commemorating the contributions and personal stories of ethnic minority soldiers in the First World War will culminate in Brighton and the South East this year.

Award winning charity HMDT Music is working with Strike a Light – Arts and Heritage, to explore the stories of the impact the Indian Army Military Hospitals in Brighton and the British West Indies Regiment training camp in Seaford, East Sussex had on local communities at the time. We will undertake visits to The Keep archives, The Chattri, Seaford Museum and Newhaven Fort as well as interview Sussex residents who may have links with this theme.

These findings will be captured and showcased as part of the interactive Trench Brothers Exhibition being shown at Newhaven Fort from 4th August 2018, which features a creative response to the research as part of a bigger event.

The final strand is an education project involving eight local schools using puppetry, composition, artefacts, costumed interpreters and cross-curricular learning, leading to them performing a newly commissioned music theatre work by composers Julian Joseph and Richard Taylor and librettist Tertia Sefton-Green alongside jazz and opera singers, musicians and puppeteers at Brighton Dome on 17th October.

Find out more about this fascinating yet complex period of history and the result of these epic global changes affecting a small corner of Sussex.

For more information about this project contact Project Coordinator: Nicola Benge: strikealight@rocketmail.com

https://strikealight.org/projects/trench-brothers-wwi-project/


Dancing with Dementia

We are really enjoying our ongoing project Dancing with Dementia in Brighton, encouraging older residents with dementia to stay active, and using music to trigger memories.

Thanks to the Healthy Collaboration fund through Trust for Developing Communities for this support and the Mrs A Lacy-Tate Trust for joint funding us to deliver a series of activities at Brooke Mead, a new purpose built Dementia focussed sheltered housing scheme run by BHCC in Brighton and Hove.

Community Works Mentoring Programme


Community Works – Mentoring

Our Creative Director Nicola took part in a short film for Brighton charity Community Works recently about their mentoring scheme.

If you’re interested in either being mentored or mentoring in 2018, we heartily recommend the project.

You can watch it here! 

St Peters – Preston Park – free creative activities

20180206_141320We are pleased to have been commissioned by St Peters- Preston Park to deliver a series of six free creative workshops at the church and in their grounds between May-September 2018.

See more about this project here: https://strikealight.org/projects/st-peters-preston-park-workshop-dates/

The workshops are a key part of the HLF-funded Project Restoring the Chancel: Highlighting the 20th Century History of St Peter’s, Preston Park to engage local people around St Peter’s to:

  • Visit the church for the first time.
  • See the church as an enjoyable place to spend time.
  • Look afresh at the church and particularly the stencilling in the chancel.
  • Find out more about St Peter’s and the history of the surrounding Preston Village area.
  • Find out more about the practice and history of the art of stencilling.

downloadWe’ll be delivering free creative families drop-in workshops (printing, mosaic, brass rubbing, and stained glass making) at St Peter’s on the following dates:  31st May, 24th June (Preston Village Day), 14th July, 31st July, 16th Aug, 8th September. Each workshop will run from 11-4pm. 

All the event dates and further information are over on our Facebook page so you can pop them in your diary. Come join us!

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