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Get Creative Weekend 2017

People across the UK will Get Creative next weekend (Friday 7 - Sunday 9 April) as part of a national campaign aimed at celebrating everyday creativity. We find out what's in store at some of the venues putting on events across Scotland.

Get Creative Weekend

From guerrilla gardening in your street to paint by numbers in your local library, via nail art, yarn bombing and singing in a choir, Get Creative Weekend aims to inspire people to try something new at home or at a Get Creative event and to encourage people to share their own examples of everyday creativity. The events cater for everyone of all ages, backgrounds and ability.

Scottish events include family craft activities (jewellery making, self-portraits) at The Pier Arts Centre in Orkney, an open studio at the North Lands Creative Glass Studio in Lybster with a range of workshops available including paper-making, spinning, felt-making and engraving, Hey Clay! workshops in Glasgow, Ross-Shire and Argyll. Plus the Radical Craft exhibition and workshops at Craft Town Scotland and the Shakespeare Shuffle in Dundee with Thomas Small, Artist in Residence at BBC Radio 2.

We spoke to some of the participating venues to find out what they've got planned...

Stills, Edinburgh

"It's a great opportunity for people to discover what’s on their doorsteps" says Claire Cochrane, Engagement Producer at Stills in Edinburgh. "At Stills we will be exploring photographic archives. So many of us have a boxes of old photos collecting dust and don’t know what to do with them. In our fun and friendly drop-in tasters people can discover how to digitise their photos and negatives and play around with Photoshop editing techniques.

"Of course coffee and cake will play a key role in fuelling the activity!”

Stills Open Day - Saturday 8 April 2017, 11am - 5pm at Stills, 23 Cockburn Street, Edinburgh.

Stills Edinburgh

North Lands Creative Glass, Caithness

North Lands Creative Glass in Caithness is planning a series of Demos featuring, Collagraph Printing, Drop Spindle & Wheel Spinning, Weaving, Needle Felting, Slab & Coil Pottery, Papermaking and Silk Painting.

"This may seem rather an unusual programme for a Glass Centre of Excellence," says project coordinator Meg Telfer "but our aim is to encourage the local community to Get Creative and think of North Lands as a friendly place where creative things happen!"

North Lands Creative Glass

"We have just set up A Third Age Group, facilitated by North Lands, and I am really pleased that some of the TAG members will be among our demonstrators, and crossing the generational divide we have a pupil from the local High School showing us how to Needle Felt. This should be a great day for visitors - an opportunity to meet up and see creativity in action".

What Happens Behind The Red Door? - Saturday 8 April 10.30am - 4.30pm at North Lands Creative Glass, Lybster, Caithness.

North Lands Creative Glass

Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum

"We're really excited about being a part of the weekend," says Mina Rusk, Exhibitions Co-ordinator at the Scottish Potters Association. "We're always looking to promote the activities of our members, we are all passionate about clay and want to share this enthusiasm with others, age is not important. We want to make people aware of the creative possibilities of clay, so for the Get Creative weekend as part of our exhibition at the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum focusing on ceramic cats and the best of the Scottish Potters, our workshops will focus on making anything related to cats.

"Anyone who signs up to our workshops will be able to have hands on experience of clay, making anything from cat sculptures, cat headed lidded jars, mirrors, tiles, bowls in the shape of cats and lots more. Everyone taking part will be helped by experienced and enthusiastic potters on a voluntary basis."

Hey Clay! - Various times on Friday 7 and Saturday 8 April at Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum, Dumbarton Road, Stirling.

Hey Clay - ceramic cats

Pier Arts Centre, Orkney

"We are always looking for new ways to encourage creativity and this weekend's series of workshops is aimed at the whole family," says Isla Holloway, Visitor Services & Communication Officer at The Pier Arts Centre in Orkney. "There will be various activities throughout the weekend for all ages and stages including jewellery making, creating a self-portrait and an Easter egg hunt through the galleries.

Pier Arts Centre workshops

"Admission is free and visitors can drop in and do as many or as few of the activities as they choose. So mums and dads, grannies and grandads, aunts and uncles - round up the children and come along to the Pier Arts Centre for some fun making and doing!"

Drop In Arts & Crafts - Friday 7 and Saturday 8 April (11am-1pm and 2-4pm) at Pier Arts Centre, Victoria Street, Stromness, Orkney.

Pier Arts workshops

WHALE Arts, Edinburgh

"WHALE Arts is excited to be part of the Get Creative Weekend," says Kate Griffin, Learning and Participation Manager at WHALE Arts. "We are inviting children, young people and their families to explore their creative side with a range of hands on arts activities. Our partners Starcatchers are running a session especially for 0-5 year old as part of the Expecting Something project. We are looking forward to being part of such dynamic and imaginative event celebrating creativity up and down the country."

Family Session, Friday 7 April, 10.30 -12 at WHALE Arts Centre.

WHALE Arts Get Creative

Balnacra Arts, Strathcarron

Balnacra Arts

Artist and potter Vicky Stonebridge: "I am really excited to be taking part of this event and offer the opportunity to people in the far North West of Scotland to get hands on with clay. I love to see the diverse creations that people come up with and to see peoples faces when they make their first ever pot on the wheel. These drop in sessions tend to be very busy, but everyone should be able to have a go on the wheel if they like, or learn some basic handbuilding techniques. If they want to keep their pottery, I will fire, glaze and post it onto them when it's finished for the price of the postage. It will be fun and informal, the studio is such a great space to enjoy potting and socialising. "

Hey Clay! Drop-ins Sunday 9 April from 12pm- 4:30pm, The Smithy Community Hub, Strathcarron 

Search for other events happening across the UK or submit your own events over on the Voluntary Arts website.

Also follow the Get Creative fun on Twitter and Facebook, and use the #getcreative hashtag to share what you're up to over the weekend.