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Arts Assistants for Rise & View Krew Holiday Club

About the opportunity

An opportunity to learn new skills and gain experience  as a volunteer if you are interested in getting involved with and finding out more about youth and community arts this April – August 2019.

Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage will be running ten days of drop in arts activities at the Rise & View Krew kids holiday club at the URC, Lewes Road, next to Saunders Park Rise, Brighton this spring and summer. 

The group is free to attend and open to children ages 5-11 (must be accompanied by an adult or carer ages 5-8).

We are looking for one or two people who would be interested in getting involved and attending the sessions on a support basis for the key people who will be delivering activities during this time. The sessions will be from 2-5pm for each session but will involve setting up and packing away before and after.

Activity dates are as follows:

1. Friday 12th April

2. Tuesday 16th April

3. Thursday 18th April

4. Thursday 30th May

5. Tues 30th July

6. Tues 6th August

7. Fri 9th Aug

8. Tues 13th August

9. Tues 20th Aug

10. Tues 27th August

Activities are provided by Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage and include arts and crafts. Sessions include a healthy snack.

You can find out more on our website here: https://strikealight.org/rise-view-krew/

And through the Facebook Page here: https://www.facebook.com/RiseandViewKrew/

About Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage

Strike a Light is an arts and heritage organisation. We use people’s life stories and memories and make art to transform public and private spaces. Strike a Light aims to work with and for the arts and heritage community in the South East. We are a Community Interest Company (CIC).

As a skilled and professional organisation with a team of independent associates, we offer a varied team with the experience to meet your requirements. We deliver projects, activities and support for heritage venues, arts organisations, archives, educational settings and local authorities.

We do this through funded activities, reminiscence and oral history, hidden heritage, mosaic and crafts as well as more strategically with: Audience development planning, access, audience development, evaluations, learning plans and schools engagement.

What are we looking for?

One or two volunteers who have a creative flair, and are interested in learning about working with young people, creative and community arts and working with a Brighton arts and heritage organisation with a view to gaining new skills and working with new people.

This would ideally be a graduate or student who is studying art or design, or who has an interest in creative arts and education through other means. 

The project will engage with ages 5 upwards for the duration.

The sessions will all be based at URC, Lewes Road (next to Saunders Park Rise), Brighton BN2 4EU

Practical Considerations

Strike a Light Offers: 

1. A great opportunity to help a growing arts and heritage CIC to expand and network 
2. An opportunity to enhance your work portfolio that will look good on your CV and provide you with further opportunities. 
3. A reference for any future employer or training course. 
4. Thanked on our website and social media and included in our project acknowledgements 
5. Invited to come along and see how your help is making a difference to peoples lives. 
6. So much more than just a volunteer role.

We will supply a DBS check (for those supporting the activity as a volunteer for the ten sessions) for those who are working on the project with young people.

We will supply a reference and offer training to successful candidates.

Rise & View Krew holiday Club

Introducing Strike a Light‘s new kids holiday club for Saunders Park – Rise & View Krew

The group is free to attend and open to children ages 5-11 (children aged 5-8 years must be accompanied by an adult or carer).

Activities are at the United Reform Church, Lewes Road, entrance opposite Saunders Park Rise.

Sessions are 2-5pm on the following dates:

1. Friday 12th April
2. Tuesday 16th April
3. Thursday 18th April
4. Thursday 30th May
5. Tues 30th July
6. Tues 6th August
7. Fri 9th Aug
8. Tues 13th August
9. Tues 20th Aug
10. Tues 27th August

Activities are provided by Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage by enhanced DBS checked artists and facilitators, and include arts and crafts events. Sessions include a healthy snack.

Join our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RiseandViewKrew/

Email: strikealight@rocketmail.com for more info.

Booking free but necessary

Rise & View Krew

Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage has been awarded funding to set up a new group and to deliver holiday club activities with young residents of the Saunders Park area of Brighton.

The group is called Rise & View Krew after the names of the local streets – Saunders Park View and Saunders Park Rise and will be free and open to accompanied children ages 5-11.

Join our Facebook group to find out more! https://www.facebook.com/RiseandViewKrew/

Activities are free, and for residents of Saunders Park.

The sessions will take place during the Easter holidays and summer holidays in April and August 2019.

We will have ten three hour sessions offering a variety of creative activities along with a healthy snack.


1.       Friday 12th April

2.       Tuesday 16th April

3.       Thursday 18th April

4.       Thursday 30th May

5.       Tues 30th July

6.       Tues 6th August

7.       Fri 9th Aug

8.       Tues 13th August

9.       Tues 20th Aug

10.   Tues 27th August

Activities will include the following:
Calico print making and flags

Faux stained glass

Clay makes

Mosaic creation

We will encourage young participants to try new pursuits and acquire new skills, whilst meeting friends and accessing dedicated facilitation from staff and freelancers at Strike a Light to support this.

Booking details to follow

Rise & View Krew

Trailblazers project starts!

We’re pleased to announce that we’ve received funding from the Big Ideas Co to deliver a project called Trailblazers, celebrating women’s achievements locally over the past 100 years.

We’ll be offering activities in the Brighton and Hove area between now and March 2019 to bring us up to International Women’s Day on 8th March 2019.

One hundred years since women gained the right to vote we launched Trailblazers: World War One’s Inspirational Women – This is part of a nationwide project about inspirational women and their impact on the societies around them.

Trailblazers encourages young people to explore the incredible lives of women, to discover Trailblazing women in your locality, and to develop as future Trailblazers.

We’ll be delivering activities across the city starting in January 2019 and will post details of open drop in sessions this week.

We will work with the following:

  • Fairlight Primary School, Brighton
  • Brighton Open Market,
  • Memories Past group, Portslade
  • Brooke Mead Dementia Residence
  • Hyman Fine House Jewish Care home
  • Isabel Blackman centre, St Leonards
  • United Reform Church, Brighton
  • Hastings Library
  • Strike a Light studio drop in half term activities
  • Jubilee Library, Brighton

We will make individual commemorative faux stained glass pieces of artwork with each participant which celebrate local women as Trailblazers and their contribution to Sussex life and history as well as commemorating untold achievements and raising awareness of the significant battles women have made to make life easier for other girls and women following them.

We will share and promote all our session and activities through our website and online through social media.

Want to get involved? Tell us who your Trailblazers are in Brighton and Hove!

Share your stories with us on social media using #Women100 and tell us who your trailblazer is with #Trailblazers.

Supported by Big Ideas and the Remember Together project which is funded by Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) with additional funding for select projects to work in the Home Nations from RAF100, through the Chancellor using LIBOR funds, and a National Lottery grant from the Big Lottery Fund.

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.


St Peters
We are very pleased to be commissioned by The Friends of St Peter’s – Preston Park, Brighton to deliver a series of six creative workshops at St Peter’s, Preston Park between May-September 2018.
The workshops are a key part of their HLF-funded Project Restoring the Chancel: Highlighting the 20th Century History of St Peter’s, Preston Park and are intended 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 will deliver six creative drop-in workshops at St Peter’s on the following dates: 31st May, 24th June (Preston Village Day), 14thJuly, 31st July, 16th Aug, 8th September. Each workshop will run from 11-4pm, though the timings for 24th June, Preston Village Day, are still to be finalised.
Each workshop will focus on one core creative activity, with some simpler and/or quicker activities running alongside. The activities to be delivered at each workshop will each respond to some element of the church’s interior, exterior or history, or the creative processes embodied within the building, including stencilling, repetitive patterns, print making, mosaics, etc.
Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage activities will include:

  • Block printing on paper/calico in the form of flags, pennants or large hangings.
  • Creating your own portable letterpress
  • Small mosaics
  • Other forms of printing
  • Stained glass making (using plastic)
  • Geometric pattern making with spirographs.
  • Brass rubbing

All welcome, and especially families with children up to the age of around 11. However both older/younger children can attend and the range of activities will cater for this.
Children will remain the responsibility of their parents/carers and will not be left in the care of Strike a Light.
Adult Workshop:
One of our event days on Saturday 14th July, is intended to be an adult-focussed activity and will encourage adults to try new things, so this particular date isn’t open to children.
Strike a Light will be working alongside Hare and Humphreys, the conservators who will be undertaking the conservation of the chancel. Hare and Humphreys start work in late-May and from that time on parts of the chancel will be covered with scaffolding, obscuring some of the stencilling.
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Free kids creative drop in activities with Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage this December

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Free kids creative drop in activities with Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage this December at The Barge boat in Brighton Marina.

We have free sessions running all day from 11am-4pm on Sunday 3rd, Sunday 10th and Sunday 17th December on different Christmas activity themes with lots of talented artists. Children and families welcome ages 4 and upwards.
Come make some christmas decorations, try out new creative activities and visit the free Christmas Market at the same time!
Strike a Light will host three days of free drop in activities to encourage the exploration of and participation in the barge as a medium for creative Christmas activities aimed at children and young people.
We will deliver a multidisciplinary drop in programme of youth appropriate accessible Christmas crafts and arts and creative activities.
We will have lots of fun side activities including separate clay play to encourage making festive presents. We will also provide festive themed design sheets for colouring, and pirate books to read.
All the event info and publicity will is on the Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage Facebook page (and the Barge Facebook page too), on social media, our website, and on the family activities Hoop app. The sessions are all free and drop in all day.
The Barge is located on the water in Brighton Marina, at the corner below Frankie and Benny’s restaurant and the West Quay pub: https://goo.gl/maps/38BCYHMFKG42
If you’re arriving by train, there are buses (no. 7) that go to the Marina from outside the station entrance. There are also taxis there too.
The Marina has just installed a set of bike-share bikes, should you wish to travel that way too! https://www.btnbikeshare.com/
If you’re driving, there is free parking available in the multi storey carpark by the entrance to the Marina. There is a pedestrian bridge on Level 6 of the car park that brings you out almost directly by the ramp down to the Barge.
We look forward to seeing you! #kidskreativekristmas
Funded by the Goodall Foundation
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Dancing with Dementia update

IMG_4021Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage would like to thank 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.
The project is called Dancing with Dementia – Creating spaces for dance and movement.
This sum will make a huge difference in enabling us to develop and facilitate a programme of events for older people who will benefit immensely from this engagement.


Want to set your intentions, wishes and help create your desires but in a fun, creative way?
Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage will run a creative vision board workshop on Sunday 19th November 1-4.30pm at our studio, based upstairs at the Open Market, Marshalls Row, Brighton.
This 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 year ahead.
£25 for the afternoon – All materials provided along with refreshments.

There is only space in the venue for 8 people so book your place soon: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/creative-vision-board-event-focus-on-your-future-tickets-35049364593

Free summer kids workshops

Barge_web_FLYER2 (2) final version-page-001You can see all our free youth arts workshops taking place on a floating barge later this August which are based at Brighton Marina by following the link below.
All sessions are FREE, but booking necessary due to numbers.
Ages 7-14 welcome, with or without parents & carers.