Creative4Life

“The C4L arts sessions I attended were special because I got to know and care for many of the other participants in the group and felt wanted, that I belonged somewhere.”

Creative 4 Life is our flagship programme for adults living with mental health issues.

  • Weekly online or in-person workshops in a variety of art forms such as visual arts, graffiti, creative writing, drama, sculpture, poetry, music and more!
  • Trips out to events, galleries and live performances in the local area and across London for weekly workshop participants 
  • Outreach projects with partner organisations such as Mind, NELFT and other local  Barking & Dagenham charities and voluntary sector organisations   
  • Social events and festivals, offering taster activities such as our annual WinterFest

Creative 4 Life’s fun and accessible multi-arts activities support adults who are feeling isolated, lonely or are struggling with their mental health and wellbeing. Led by a team of friendly and experienced artists, participants can have a go at trying a new art form, learning new skills and socialising with others in a welcoming space.

All of our sessions are free to attend.

If you or someone you know could benefit from coming to our sessions, please get in touch with David at david@greenshoesarts.com.

Our Spring 2022 weekly workshops

Drama

Mondays 14.30-16.00

IN PERSON at CHADWELL HEATH COMMUNITY CENTRE

No experience necessary, come as you are! This is a fun introduction to drama,  exploring characters and themes through games and creative tasks led by Artistic Director Sam and our own professional actress Kirsty. 

Set & Scenery Art & Design

Tuesday 13.30-15.00

IN PERSON at CHADWELL HEATH COMMUNITY CENTRE

No experience necessary! Try your hand at designing and creating scenery, set and props and be part of the artistic team for the Drama group’s sharing. Led by Ola, a set designer for One Room CIC, and Lotte, this will be a chance to find out what goes into making a theatre stage come to life! Over the 5 weeks participants will work towards creating pieces to be used in the Drama group’s sharing at the end of May – and if you want you can be part of both the Drama group and the artistic team!

Taster Series

Wednesday 1.30-3.00

IN PERSON at CHADWELL HEATH COMMUNITY CENTRE

Each week try your hand at a different art form such as Mosaics, Photography, Virtual Reality Art, Musical Theatre and more! Participants will need to book onto each separate workshop they are interested in and the details will be released the week before.

Pensmiths Creative Writing

Thursday 13.00-15.00

IN PERSON at CHADWELL HEATH COMMUNITY CENTRE

Join published author Vicki Taylor and the Pensmiths group to explore your inner storyteller! Create short stories and poems from different prompts each week and share with others to help develop your creative writing skills and have a natter along the way!

Creative Writing

Tuesday 18.00-19.30

ONLINE via ZOOM

Join published author Vicki Taylor and Verona to explore your inner storyteller! Create short stories and poems from different prompts each week from the comfort of your own home. This session will be delivered online via Zoom.

Art Online

Thursday 18.00-19.39

ONLINE VIA ZOOM

In this Visual Arts workshop try your hand at learning new skills in drawing and painting from the comfort of your own home. During these workshops you will explore different themes and techniques led by accomplished artist Jess and Artistic Director Sam. Over the 5 weeks you will create a variety of pieces, and if you want to, a selection of these will be displayed at the May event.

Creative 4 Life is made possible by a grant from the National Lottery Community Fund.

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