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Reimagine Redditch’s Have a Go! project is unleashing creativity and well-being

By Huw Moseley

Photograph by Tara Rutledge

Across Redditch, a vibrant initiative is underway, poised to transform lives through creativity and community engagement. Spearheaded by the team at Reimagine Redditch and its community partners, the ‘Have a Go!’ project is more than just a series of creative workshops or events; it's a catalyst for empowerment and well-being.

Embracing diversity, fostering inclusivity

The essence of Have a Go! lies in its commitment to inclusivity and diversity. With a wide array of activities ranging from arts and crafts to dance and photography, the project offers something to inspire everybody, in a warm, welcoming space for you to explore and unleash your creative potential. The sessions are led by our unique artists and run in partnership with friendly people from amazing local organisations.

Photograph by Tara Rutledge

Nurturing well-being through creativity

At its core, the project recognises the therapeutic power of creative and artistic expression. The following creative activities were selected by local people and community representatives:

·       Painting, printmaking, and digital workshops: participants can immerse themselves in a variety of mediums, learning techniques to create stunning works of art.

·       Arts and crafts: making objects by hand in a safe space that allows you to express yourself and enjoy the comfort in creativity.

·       Photography: perfect for those with a passion for capturing moments, these workshops delve into photography techniques, helping participants hone their skills behind the lens.

·       Dance: a celebration of movement and self-expression, from Voguing instruction to Waacking classes.

·       Storytelling and creative writing: led by poets, playwrights, and facilitators, these workshops cater to all ages, offering opportunities to explore storytelling, creative writing, and design.

·       Visual arts: from nail and thread art to creating portraits, participants can dive into various forms of visual expression, unleashing their creativity in unique ways.

·       Breakdancing and beatboxing: beyond just physical activity, the focus here is also on mental and physical well-being through expressive and interpretative art forms.

·       Textile and visual arts: yarn, crochet, knitting, and other textile arts are on offer, fostering connections through shared creativity.

·       Costume design and theatrical workshops: led by fashion designers and theatre makers, participants can explore the world of costume design and theatrical expression, bringing characters to life on stage.

·       Creative theatre and artistic writing: led by theatre makers, musicians, and writers, these workshops delve into the realms of creative theatre and storytelling, inspiring participants to express themselves through performance and prose.

Photograph courtesy of CMS Marketing

Community collaboration for positive change 

Central to the ‘Have a Go! project is its collaborative approach to community engagement. By partnering with local organisations and social prescribing link workers, Reimagine Redditch aims to reach people who are most vulnerable to isolation and loneliness. Through shared experiences and collective creativity, the project fosters a sense of belonging and connection within the community.

Why not have a go yourself?

In a world where mental health challenges and social isolation are all too common, initiatives like ‘Have a Go! offer a beacon of hope and safe havens for everyone. Whether you're looking to explore your artistic talents, connect with others, or simply enjoy the comforting reassurance in creativity, there's a place for you.

It's about harnessing the power of creativity to enrich lives and build stronger communities. Through collaboration, inclusivity, and a shared passion for artistic expression, Reimagine Redditch is here to develop a more connected and creative cultural life for everyone in the borough. So why not take a leap of faith and join in today? After all, the journey towards well-being and empowerment begins with a single step – or in this case, simply choosing to ‘Have a Go!’.

Huw Moseley is Arts Development Officer at Redditch Borough Council and a Producer at Reimagine Redditch.

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