Organised by Voluntary Arts Scotland as part of the People Making Waves Make a Splash! Programme, Scotland’s first Voluntary Arts Week was held on 6-14 May 2011. This new initiative, which was awarded the Inspire Mark, aimed to highlight and celebrate all the wonderful arts and craft activity happening across Scotland!
The week kicked off with a day-long Celebration Event which was held in Festival Square, Edinburgh on Saturday 7 May. This free event showcased a range of voluntary arts and craft groups from the area and offered members of the public the chance to get involved.
Live performances included a range of singing, dancing and music making alongside theatrical performance and hula hooping! The hands-on craft tent also included a range of arts and crafts activities for people to try their hand at, such as, screen printing, quilting, animation, cross stitch, decoupage and more!
In the week that followed voluntary arts and craft groups/organisations up and down the country listed over 50 participatory arts events on the Voluntary Arts Week website. Activities took place from the Western Isles to the Scottish Borders and covered everything from carnival workshops to knitting circles, singing classes to folk sessions, theatrical performance to life drawing…and so the list goes on!
The photos below aim to capture Voluntary Arts Week 2011.
Check out this short animation, made at the Celebration Event. Thanks to all those of you who took part and to Louise and Henry from Art, Tea and Biscuits for running the workshop and putting the film together.
Our aim is to make Voluntary Arts Week 2012 even bigger, to raise the profile of voluntary and amateur arts both on a national level and locally within communities across the UK and Republic of Ireland. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to discuss how you and your group/organisation could get involved.