Creative Christmas

This image is the front cover of an art pack. The text reads creative christmas it has pictures of cellotape , glue sticks and pens

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1,100 children in Darnhill received an early Christmas present in December 2020, thanks to Cartwheel Arts and the Darnhill Festival Association (DFA).

Creative Christmas art packs were delivered to every child at four schools in Darnhill, Heywood: St Margaret’s; Our Lady & St Paul’s; Woodlands; and Heap Bridge.

The boxes contained art materials and a booklet containing 16 activities designed by artists Natalie Linney, Abi Rogers, Laura Sutcliffe-Tasker, and Oliver and Charlotte Bishop from Yan Tan Tethera.

The creatives were booked to appear at the annual Darnhill Festival in July, which was cancelled because of the Covid-19. With hopes to reschedule the event for December dashed by the pandemic, Cartwheel Arts and partners came together to make sure the children of Darnhill did not miss out entirely.

The booklet was designed free of charge by Lilly Norwood and the art packs were delivered to schools by Bamford Print on Monday (14th December).

Maxine Beresford, Headteacher at St Margaret’s Primary said: “We are thrilled that Cartwheel Arts have delivered a Christmas art box for every child in school. This is a tremendously generous gift and really appreciated by all the pupils and the school.”

The art packs were produced using National Lottery funding, secured by the DFA, originally intended for the festival. They were also supported by a donation from The Guinness Partnership.

Kath Chorlton from the Darnhill Festival Association said: “For the first time in 16 years we were unable to hold our wonderful summer festival. We were so disappointed but, as we all know, it was unavoidable. We had hoped to rearranged the event for Christmas, but as it approached and there was no change in the Covid situation, once again our children were going to miss out.

"After receiving some funding from the National Lottery Awards for All and after talking to our friends and partners at Cartwheel Arts we decided to offer the children in our four primary schools this creative activity box. We are very grateful to The Guinness Partnership for also making a contribution to the project.”

News 16 December 2020
Creative Christmas packs
Creative Christmas packs

Following the success of the Get Creative Inside! packs earlier in the year, the Darnhill Festival Association commissioned us to develop a Christmas Creative pack for 1,100 primary school children on the Darnhill estate. You can download your pack here

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News 21 July 2020
GMCA Creative Care Kits!
GMCA Creative Care Kits!

We've been delighted to contribute activities to the GMCA Creative Care Kits that have been distributed to 38,000 people across Greater Manchester over the past few weeks. 

You can download the packs here:

Creative Care Kit for young people

Creative Care Kit for older people

News 15 July 2020
Get Creative Inside Tutorial Videos!
Get Creative Inside Tutorial Videos!

So you have the materials and you want to try out one of our activities in an easy and accessible way. We've made it really easy for you to join in with these dedicated art tutorial videos!

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