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4-5pm Albert Dock

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Arts & Dementia Masterclass


Background and expertise: Over the past 6 year Collective Encounters has amassed considerable experience working in the field of arts and dementia. We have delivered a long-term programme of creative arts workshops with people with dementia and their carers in community and care home settings; toured performances in care homes; developed performance work to be used in a training context for health care professionals and delivered a training programme for carers in how to use the arts more effectively in their work. We have supported this practical work with an extensive research programme that began with a full literature review of academic and grey literature dealing with best practice and the benefits of arts and dementia. Publications include: Arts and Dementia: a summary report, ask A pocket guide to arts activities for people with dementia and a series of advice sheets for artists.

Background to the training day: Co-facilitated by Collective Encounters’ Artistic Director and Head of Participation, ampoule this is a full-day training session introducing experienced artists to working with people with dementia. Training methodology will involve tutor presentation, more about group discussion and action learning sets. Participants will be provided with high quality materials to take away with them to support and remind them of their learning.

By the end of the day participants will have developed:

  • An enhanced understanding of dementia
  • An understanding if person-centred care and relationship-centered care, and the ability to apply this to their own arts practice
  • An understanding the potential benefits of using the arts with people with dementia
  • Increased awareness of a range of arts initiatives run successfully with people with dementia as case studies
  • An understanding of the particular challenges of working with people with dementia, and a set of creative approaches to overcome these challenges
  • An understanding of the challenges of working in a care home setting, and guidelines to make this process run more smoothly
  • Confidence in their ability to run creative workshops with people with dementia

The training day will be enhanced by a range of resources for participants to take away including Collective Encounters’ policy and procedure documents, a bibliography for further reading and support materials from the day.

Saturday 21st January 2017

Location: Collective Encounters, MPAC, 1-27 Bridport Street, Liverpool, L3 5QF

£85.00 full price

£65 unwaged

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Future Station: Plough Monday

Plough Monday dates back to the late 15th Century and is generally considered to be traditional start of the agricultural year, when people return to work to mark the beginning of the ploughing season.

While Metal won’t literally drag a plough through the streets of Liverpool…we are metaphorically heading back to work to develop a new green public space in Edge Hill Station, the oldest active passenger railway station in the world.

Edge Hill Station Garden was first re-developed in 2011, and we’re delighted to announce that Metal has recently secured some financial support from Tesco’s Bags of Help initiative to develop a yearlong programme of art, food and gardening.

Committed to opening up the process of creation and our public programme, we’d like to invite local residents, artists, and organisations to a Future Station event exploring how public green spaces benefit our day-to-day lives and can drive awareness of environmental sustainability.

The evening will be an opportunity for all participants to share their experiences and involvement in creating green spaces, and question the potential role of arts and culture in their development over time.

The event will consist of informal talks, open discussions and will loosely be structured around the following themes and provocations.

Mon 9 January 2017, 18:00 – 20:30

Metal at Edge Hill Station, Tunnel Road, Liverpool, L7 6ND

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Jerwood/Photoworks Awards

Open Eye Gallery
Jerwood/Photoworks Awards
Until 18 December 2016

The Jerwood/Photoworks Awards are for artists using photography as a core part of their work. Supported by a group of mentors, cheapest the first award winners, Joanna Piotrowska, Tereza Zelenkova & Matthew Finn were given £5,000 to contribute towards creating new work.

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Winter Meltdown

A Night Of Local Urban Music To Warm Your Soul.

Chase away the Winter blues with a night of amazing live music from Liverpool’s finest emerging talent.

The 20 Stories High Sound System
Blue Saint
Rooftop Poets
SPO?KAZI (formerly KOF)
Plus more TBC

Tickets : Donations on the Door

20 Stories High and GoPlay Studio present

Studio 2 Liverpool Parr Street
14 December 7-10pm

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dot-art Winter Art Classes

Whether it’s for yourself, a friend or a loved one – discover the ultimate Christmas gift. dot-art Art Classes are back and ready to leap into the New Year with creativity and inspiration.

Our winter programme includes popular favourites such as Life DrawingAcrylic and Oil Painting for all levels of experience, Sculpture for BeginnersBeginners Digital Photography and – COMING SOON – Jewellery Making. We’ve also extended our Drawing in the Palm House course to 10 weeks, added 2 new dates for Sketching in the Palm House and have a new Beginners Photowalk in the beautiful surroundings of Sefton Park Palm House.

Discover your inner artist, try something new and develop your skills across three fantastic Liverpool venues: Bluecoat, Hope Street Ltd and Sefton Park Palm House.

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The Amazing Push Poem Machine at Tate Liverpool

As part of The Windows Project 40th anniversary events, sick The Amazing Push Poem Machine will be at Tate Liverpool on 18, 28, 29 and 30 December.

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Producing Community Events Course

OLC Productions is running a course in Producing Community Events & Introduction to Freelance funded by ESF Community Grants.

The aims of these courses are to:

  • To deliver a professional community event
  • To develop the skills and knowledge to plan, this web market and organise an event: including project management; event planning; principals of health and safety
  • To develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to market our selves, including: Interview Skills; creating a good quality CV; Making good use of the Internet and Social Media.

Participants will be able to gain a certificate from Open Awards up to level 3.

The first course will run from February 2017 to June 2017;
The second from July 2017 to December 2017.

ESF require that participants to be:
People not in work: Unemployed including long term unemployed and economically inactive

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Friday Lunch – Pagoda Youth Orchestra at The Southbank Centre, London

Hear music from the oldest and largest Chinese youth orchestra in Europe who perform innovative music fusions with folk songs, remedy reggae and hip-hop involved. The Pagoda Chinese Youth Orchestra (PCYO) was established in 1982 by its former musical director Mr Kui Hsuing Li. 

Pagoda Arts 
Friday Lunch Pagoda Youth Orchestra at The Southbank Centre, pills London
Part of China Changing

1pm 16 December

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The Comedy Trust Comedy Course for Beginners

The Comedy Trust are kicking 2017 off in the best possible way, with the relaunch of their six week Comedy Course for Beginners. That’s right we’re calling office jokers, comedians of the family and budding comics to come out of hiding and take to the stage.

Sessions will take place 6.30 – 8.30pm every Monday at Hope Street Ltd, Liverpool from 16 January and will culminate in a live performance to your family and friends on 20 February at a city centre venue.

Places cost just £120, £20 per session. This includes 6 sessions delivered by Sam Avery, one of the UK comedy circuit’s finest professional comedians, culminating in a final performance with complimentary tickets for you to give to family and friends.

Places are limited so contact or ring 0151 702 5893 to book your place.

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