Hey! My name is Camilla, I have recently started at Creative Arts East as the Creative Projects Administrator. I will be providing administrative support to the Kickstart East Anglia programme and Our Day Out. This will involve working alongside fellow colleagues at Creative Arts East and Festival Bridge, in particular collaborating with the Kickstart Community Administrator at Festival Bridge to develop and maintain the Kickstart training and peer learning network.
I have recently attended my first Our Day Out sessions in Wells-Next-The-Sea and Hunstanton. Our Day Out is a dementia inclusive set of creative workshops for all older people led by professional artists. This month, we’ve been working with artists Felicity and Caroline from Norwich University of the Arts, who have nurtured the artistic interests of the attendees against a backdrop of jazz music, working with fabrics to create a collage – not forgetting the tea and cake too! The fabric collages the participants created were fabulous. Each person I spoke to had their own unique way of interpreting the music and fabric collage composition. The result was a fantastic array of creations. The flow of the session cavorted between chatter and laughter in one corner, to deep concentration in another. Overall, it was an incredibly rich and rewarding experience for all!
Felicity and Caroline have also created video featuring the activities we have been carrying out at the most recent Our Day Out sessions which you can watch below.
I’m really looking forward to getting involved with the creative projects that Creative Arts East provides. In particular, having the opportunity to be more creative myself by learning how to do the technical aspects of videos, learning more about marketing and including some of my photography in my creative writing blogs for Our Day Out. It’s exciting to be able to include some of my creative interests, such as writing and photography on Creative Arts East’s website. I’m also looking forward to working with Jack from Festival Bridge on the Kickstart network and being involved with other young people who have the same interests as I do, especially anything to do with music, which is one of my passions. I believe the arts is an incredibly important part of our lives and enhances each one of us, so I feel very grateful to be a part of this amazing organisation and to see how it impacts and shapes people’s lives. I’m very excited for my time at Creative Arts East!
I’ll be posting regular blogs in the coming months so please keep an eye out for more from me soon!