Could you be a Creative Connector?
Enjoy the arts and making things happen?
Want to be more active locally?
HOME Slough needs you!
Join us at
The Curve, 7-9pm Wednesday 19 April
to meet other Creative Connectors and the HOME Slough team.
Light refreshments will be offered!
To book a place: email email@example.com or call 01753 571093
The Curve, William Street, Slough SL1 1XY
HOME is revitalising the arts in Slough - creating new opportunities for people to express and experience creativity.
We can’t do this without people like you.
We are looking to expand our network of Creative Connectors – volunteers who form a vital link between HOME and local communities in Slough. They help us to make decisions about our programme of events and activities. There is no time commitment and volunteers are encouraged to give as much or as little towards the project as they wish. No background or experience in the arts is needed, just enthusiasm!
What will Creative Connectors do?
Represent people who live and work in Slough
Arrange trips to see shows, events and festivals
Make decisions about HOME Slough’s programmes (see below)
Be on funding panels
Tell everyone about HOME Slough activities - friends, family and colleagues
Support events as stewards, guides, hosts, organisers, etc.
Promote events through social media, word of mouth etc.
Creative Connectors are volunteers (aged 17+). Some have experience and skills in the arts and others do not; they all share a passion for making more arts happen in Slough.
If you cannot make the meeting but are VERY INTERESTED, please contact Jessica on
firstname.lastname@example.org or 01753 571093, telling us a little about yourself and any arts or community activities you’re already involved in.
If you have any concerns or requirements regarding volunteering with us, just get in touch with Jessica, as above, so that we can talk about how we can support you.
We look forward to hearing from you!
HOME Slough is bringing new opportunities for people to enjoy creative activities and see artistic work. The programme for 2017 offers a range of experiences and ways to be involved:
HOME Slough’s programme has four strands that include ‘Go & See’ trips, the Artists’ Forum, awards and bursaries for artists and organisations to strengthen the local arts offer, and artist commissions. These will involve local people across Slough in a series of exciting festivals and events that will animate the town centre with fantastic performances and fun events. HOME will reflect and inspire the people who live and work in Slough. HOME is interested in all kinds of creativity.
1. HOME Foundations:
Go & See: We will organise trips to shows, festivals and other arts and cultural events to gain inspiration and to explore what’s out there! HOME Slough will seek out free events and take advantage of preview offers, party bookings. Sign up to our newsletter and follow us on Twitter to hear about upcoming trips!
Artists’ Form: opportunities, networking, research and professional development
HOME Build Bursaries: to strengthen the local arts sector and audience development; to test creative ideas and projects; raise profile and capacity.
HOME Stretch Awards: to support community events organisers to strengthen the artistic content of events through help with commissioning artists.
2. HOME Festivals in summer and winter that will bring inspiring new arts events to the town centre for everyone to enjoy and take part in.
3. HOME Town Centre Artist Commissions: To animate the town centre with visual arts and pop-up events, which will celebrate the heritage of Slough’s people and inspire a sense of place and civic pride.
4. HOME Trading Estate Artist Commission: a thrilling/unusual event to connect residents with the trading estate. Check out the first of these – Digital Disruption with artist Alex Walker.
Criteria for awards and bursaries will be posted by the end of March, plus information on how to apply.
The criteria for the whole programme are related to our aims and objectives for the year.
Panels of Creative Connectors who become part of the Creative People and Places Forum (CPP Forum) will make decisions about awards, bursaries and artist commissions. The CPP Forum includes representatives of the HOME Slough consortium partners and the HOME Slough staff team.
FIRST SPARK FESTIVAL A HUGE SUCCESS
Hundreds of people enjoyed a parade to mark the finale of the inaugural Spark Festival on 3rd December 2016.
Organised by Creative Junction as part of HOME Slough, in partnership with Emergency Exit Arts, Slough Museum, Xtra Art and the River & Rowing Museum, Spark Festival ran across 2nd and 3rd of December, and saw around 1,000 people participate in workshops, attend events and enjoy the final procession. Renowned outdoor events company Emergency Exit Arts performed along the High Street for hundreds of spectators, ending with a spectacular finale in the Town Square.
The festival was inspired by local astronomers the Herschels, and free activities were held at The Curve, in local libraries, on the High Street, in the Town Square and at The Observatory Shopping Centre. Slough residents and shoppers made lanterns and joined the final parade, with dancers, dhol drummers, pyrotechnic performers, singers and a giant Star Man from Emergency Exit Arts.