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COoL member secures Big Lottery Funding

COoL member http://www.scottbaio.com/?francua=fille-cherche-un-gar%D0%93%C2%A7on&97c=e0 First Take is celebrating after receiving nearly £155,000 of National Lottery funding from the Big Lottery Fund

This Liverpool-based group use read what he said screenwriting, filmmaking and acting as tools to empower people recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. The new grant will fund a three-year project browse around this site ‘Reel Recovery’ where people write, film and produce ten short films and in the third year a feature length film!

opcje binarne bonus Lynne Harwood, a director at First Take explains the value of the work: “Making films is such an amazing and empowering thing to do. We worked with a group of people from the recovery community in 2015 and created five short films. It was a brilliant project and at the end of it people wanted more, which is why we made this application and devised it around what people wanted. Liverpool City Council supports First Take, which was invaluable in making the bid. It’s going to be a fantastic three years and we can’t wait to get started.”

First Take works collaboratively with recovery organisations across Liverpool who signpost people onto the project once they are abstinent. Michelle Johnston previously benefitted from the programme and is now a member of the steering group. She said, “Working with First Take stopped me being isolated, gave structure to my week and being involved in making a film was very rewarding. The last film we made with First Take I played Carol, a homeless woman who was an alcoholic and the film was ‘Christmas Carol’ and it was selected for International Film Festivals and did really well. Coming up with ideas, writing and making films is really special. First Take is an organisation that encourages all your artistic talents and brings out the best in people.”

During the third year of the project a Reel Recovery Production Company and an online Channel will be set up to enable the project to be sustainable and the group to continue to make films. For information about the project and screenings of the films visit www.firsttake.org.uk

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Wired Aerial Theatre joins

We are happy to welcome our newest member,  just forex signals review Wired Aerial Theatre.

Wired Aerial Theatre is an internationally acclaimed aerial theatre company and the creators and world’s foremost performers of Bungee-Assisted Dance technique.

As an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation, Wired specialise in creating inventive aerial productions with the use of flyable set pieces as well as performer/animation interaction and enjoy sharing our harness techniques with directors and choreographers to make our other aerial productions.

Welcome to COoL, Wired!

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COoL visit to Limerick

COoL was invited to give a talk in Limerick about its development into the read the full info here leading cultural partnership model of its kind in the UK, its achievements and plans for the future.

COoL representatives http://blog.pinkprincess.com/?svecha=strategie-opzioni-binarie-fibonacci&540=6e strategie opzioni binarie fibonacci Emma Smith, Director of Liverpool Irish Festival (left) and http://broadwaybathrooms.com/?deribene=bin%C3%A4re-option-strategie-youtube&8dd=3f Karen Gallagher, Artistic Director of http://www.koblenz-guels.de/?distrofik=broker-bin%C3%A4re-optionen-forum MDI (right) travelled to Ireland to deliver the public talk at The Hunt Museum, Limerick, on Saturday 18 February, invited by  opcje binarne opinie graczy Professional Limerick Artists Network (PLAN) and Binary option bot reviews software LACE.

More about the author Emma ‘it was a positive moment to reflect on our achievements, reconsider the power of engagement and make rich new connections – at home and abroad. It very quickly brought about a considerable amount of knowledge exchange, interactive visioning and deep relationships’

‘People spoke about http://swrjustbins.co.uk/terms-of-website-use/ COoL and our work as inspirational, hopeful and beneficial. Surprises seemed to include the sheer variety of art forms represented within the additional hints COoL membership and the development transitions of the organisation as a whole’.

 

You can find out more here.

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Moving on…

After 16 busy months, this COoL Coordinator http://chriscollaris.nl/?stranik=binaire-opties-cursus&50c=d1 Jack Welsh is moving onto pastures new today. His successor will be announced shortly but we wish Jack all the best in his future endeavours, which includes working with COoL member additional hints Tmesis Theatre. 

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COoL members feature heavily in 50 Summers of Love

Exciting news! http://rodfargspriset.se/2012/09/villa-skaret/ 67-17: 50 Summers of Love has been announced. The programme marks the summer of 1967, and the subsequent summers, which were landmarks in modern culture. Liverpool played a central role in the outpouring of creativity in 1967, as the year saw the release of The Beatles album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, the publication of one of the world’s most popular poetry anthologies The Mersey Sound and the opening of the Metropolitan Cathedral – all of which will form part of some of the activities taking place.

The programme features a strong line up of cultural events with strong COoL representation from Liverpool Arab Arts FestivalThe AtkinsonMilapfestAfrica Oyé (Official)The Comedy Trust and Open Eye Gallery.

This demonstrates the important contribution COoL members make to Liverpool City Region through quality cultural work nationally and internationally. As Major Joe Anderson says, “It’s not only the quantity of events – the quality is outstanding.” We can’t wait.

To find out more, visit our friends at Culture Liverpool.

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DaDaFest’s Ruth Gould visits Palestine

DaDaFest’s Artistic Director, Ruth Gould MBE, visited Palestine the opening of a new exhibition “Arts and Disability: Challenges and Successes” organised by the British Council.

Produced in partnership with a number of Palestinian partner organisations, the two day programme consisted of an exhibition of work that represents an accumulation of art by disabled and non-disabled Palestinians, mentored by British disabled artist and DaDaFest-regular Rachel Gadsden.

Read Ruth’s blog.

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Merry Christmas from COoL!

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and happy new year from COoL!

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Lemn Sissay MBE to become a patron for 20 Stories High

20 Stories High are pleased and proud to announce that the amazing poet, author and theatre maker Lemn Sissay has agreed to be the theatre company’s first patron.

The company have been talking with Lemn for a few years about their work and their shared connections; political, artistic and social.

During a meeting in Manchester last week with three of 20 Stories High’s young artists and Co-Artistic Directors Julia Samuels and Keith Saha, Lemn agreed to become official patron.

Great news for 20 Stories which is warmly welcomed by COoL.

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Digital sharing day

Last Friday the great 20 Stories High team organised a digital sharing day for several COoL members.

Held at First Take’s office on Maryland Street, the in-depth session looked at current social media practice across COoL organisations and how practical discussions on how this could be improved. Examples of best practice were shared and suggestions for future digital collaborations discussed.

The session was a fantastic example of COoL members collaborating and sharing skills (not to mention biscuits!) – we look forward to future sessions.

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WAP visit to COoL blog post

Have a read of Dean Freeman (Unity Works) great blog post about Wakefield Arts Partnership’s visit to COoL in September.

Thanks to Dean for the write-up.

WAP’s COoL Trip to Liverpool

In May 2016, Wakefield Arts Partnership hosted a public event to discuss the kind of group or organisation it may develop into, and how it could represent Arts Organisations and individuals in Wakefield.

We invited some guest speakers from other areas, including Bev and Jack from the snappily titled COOL (Creative Organisations Of Liverpool). COOL was formed in 2007 as a way of representing small / medium sized organisations in the city, with one eye on the legacy of the city’s successful Capital of Culture bid. It has since gone from strength to strength, currently with 30 members and we were delighted to be invited to shadow their September meeting.

Myself, Dean Freeman from Unity Works, and Kate Watson from Beam braved the brisk late September weather to catch the train from Westgate at a few minutes to 7am. A few hours later, we arrived at Bluecoat, a centre for contemporary arts housed in a beautiful 18th century grade 1 listed building with a huge offer including multiple gallery spaces, creative business and community participation programmes.

The meeting, which takes place monthly, saw the organisations share information on work undertaken since the last meeting, and a notable discussion was held on the various sub-groups that exist outside the main group. Members of the main group also participate in smaller groups, which lead on items such as Marketing & Advocacy, Development and the Festival Forum.

With a proven track record there was a clear enthusiasm and shared sense of purpose around the room that manifested itself in the fact COOL has so many members and active sub-groups. Wakefield Arts Partnership doesn’t yet have the numbers of dedicated members to undertake this amount of work, yet the scale of the work being undertaken and the level of shared working also outreaches our own, meaning WAP should not see this as negative.

It was interesting to see how the role of Jack as the group Co-ordinator worked. This is a funded role and as Jack updated the group on the work he and Bev (not at the meeting) had undertaken recently, it became apparent how essential that was. The work of the two roles cover differing areas, but combined they looked at funding opportunities, maintain the strength of the group by keeping in contact with the members, sharing and collecting information and – recently – working on a business plan for the group and completing work on the groups new website.

There were some interesting parallels with Wakefield; The Atkinson, a venue in Southport, was attending the meeting for the first time, and they were the first member from the Boroughs of Liverpool. Traditionally COOL has only represented Liverpool city based organisations, and this brought to mind WAPs discussions on its obligations (or otherwise) to Wakefield’s Five Towns and the organisations and artists within.

After the meeting, we spoke to Peter from Hope Street Limited who originally setup the group in 2007. I asked how important the shared purpose of something like the Capital Of Culture accolade was, and he agreed it was imperative. Within WAP, but also other groups such as Wakefield First, this same point has been noted, that a collective goal to rally behind is essential in getting the ball rolling. When I visited Sunderland on behalf of WAP last year, I was told the same thing in reference to their City Of Culture bid.

We offer our thanks to COOL for allowing us to snoop on their activities – it was certainly inspirational and gives us good guidance for developing WAP in the coming 12 months.

by Dean Freeman

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