Newsletter April 2021

Sandbach – We did it!

After many meetings, restrictions, hurdles and 23-months we had our first Spareparts event on Saturday in Sandbach. What a wonderful event it was! The sun shone, all day, which increased the buzz around the park for all staff, volunteers and participants.

The coming together, of people, in one place was electric. The adrenaline was evident in all of us, with smiles all round. A true sense of community spirit and connections, majority of us had never met in person but established friendships on our digital sessions. Meeting in-person felt like a gift and one we were all ready to open!

Our Lullaby parade was everything we wished for and more… the magic of light, sound and people. Seeing the faces of young and old as the cyclists arrived, waved, past was just fantastic. This made all our work worthwhile, the poignancy of Luke Jerram’s installation was felt by us all.

A huge thank you to all our team, who worked above and beyond to make this work, the volunteers who gave their time, the participants who made the vision a reality, our partners at Cheshire East and Sandbach Transport Festival, the artists we created such beautiful work and finally our audience who we hope experienced something truly awesome and a memory they will carry for many years to come.

Photos and video of the event, coming soon. In the meantime why not check out our Song-for-Sandbach video

Fleetwood – 16-18 July

We are pleased to share that the site for In Memorium by Luke Jerram has finally been agreed with all our Wyre partners. The next steps of developing our participatory offer for communities of Fleetwood is now our focus, working with our partners at Leftcoast we hope to work across the town with those groups who have been engaging throughout the lockdowns and give them a platform to share their thoughts & feelings creatively. Watch this space!

Crewe – 21-22 August

The dates have been agreed and our AD, Jodie, is developing a 2-day event to be installed across 3 sites in the town centre. The opportunity to engage with local groups, communities and artists will be led by Minerva Arts and we will share our participation programme as it shapes up.

Rochdale & Oldham

Our conversation are still happening with both partners and we hope to be able to share plans in the coming months

Evidence & evaluation collection

We all know the value and importance of gathering data, from our audiences, but also from the artists, participants and volunteers. We are continuing to work with Helen Corkery on this collection with new and relevant processes to achieve this effectively and safely. Over the past year we have all become much more familiar with online systems and these will be utilised to best effect in our project. With QR codes being generated for feedback from all, an accessible method for the majority, and recordings of any online sessions with participants also being useful ways of capturing voice & in-person reactions.

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