Media Release: Voluntary Arts Week – just two weeks away!


Voluntary Arts Week set to liven up Britain’s windows

FROM 12 – 20 May 2012, we’re asking everyone to display something in their window that celebrates the art or craft form they love, as part of the ‘What’s in your Window?’ campaign. It could be a painting, piece of knitting, instrument, photo of them singing – or just a simple sketch.

Picture how great it would look – houses across the UK, libraries, community centres, offices and shops, all with arts and crafts in their window for one special week!

Arts and crafts groups could contact their local community centre, library or shop to see if they can display work in their window  We’re also encouraging groups to think outside of the box during Voluntary Arts Week, by putting on an event to encourage others to join them. They could:

  • run a taster session for new people to have a go
  • hold an open rehearsal to show what they’re up to
  • take their art/craft form out into the public domain (such as a shopping centre or bus station).

Anyone wanting to take part should visit where they can find tips and advice, download publicity to help them promote their event and list their event online.

Voluntary Arts Week is run by Voluntary Arts, the development agency for amateur arts and crafts in the UK and Republic of Ireland. The first Voluntary Arts Week was held in Scotland in 2011, and is now being rolled out across the whole of Britain and Ireland. Voluntary Arts Week has been granted the Inspire mark by the London 2012 Inspire programme.

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Notes to Editors:

  • For press quotes, please contact Fiona Campbell, executive officer at Voluntary Arts Scotland on tel: 07951 918366.
  • Voluntary Arts is the national development agency for arts participation. The organisation raises awareness of the contribution voluntary and amateur arts and crafts make to the well-being of individuals and communities.
  • The London 2012 Inspire programme recognises innovative and exceptional projects that are directly inspired by the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
  • In Scotland, Voluntary Arts Week is supported by People Making Waves. People Making Waves is part of The Scottish Project, a programme of activity to celebrate the legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Scotland supported by Legacy Trust UK.  Legacy Trust UK is an independent charity whose mission is to support a wide range of innovative cultural and sporting activities which celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and which will leave a lasting legacy in communities throughout the UK. The Scottish Project is managed and jointly funded by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland.

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Contact: Kelly Donaldson
Phone: 01312257355