of the Churnet
In Nov 2007 Borderland
Voices started a new, 2-year project supported by Give it Sum.
It follows BVís successful Rivers of Life Project
and, like all BVís work, aimed to promote mental well-being
by bringing out peopleís creativity.
of the Churnet
As part of the Land of the Churnet project, Borderland Voices
took part in the Night Stations project with Charles
Monkhouse which culminated in our participants having their
own constellations drawn across the Staffordshire
In February we succeeded in raising funding from
Staffordshire County Council (Closing the Gap Fund )
for a nine-month project to deliver a series of arts
activities to children living in and around the Haregate
estate in Leek, an area of high deprivation.
partnership with the local health care community we offered a
range of creative arts activities for the benefit of referred
clients and aim to promote a wider understanding of the
benefits of arts activities for mental well-being.
Rivers of Life
This project was inspired by the spectacular river landscape
around Leek and combines expeditions to different river sites
with creative workshops in various art forms including music,
writing and visual art.
Journeys of the Mind
Over two years Borderland Voices clients produced artwork and writing as a sequel to our 2001
publication 'Landscapes of the Mind'. This new publication has
now been published and is available for sale.
This compilation of
river sounds, music and words was inspired by the Manifold
River. River sounds and images were captured on digital
equipment at Wetton Mill and then transferred onto computers
at the Warslow Online Centre.
Landscapes of the MindOur recent publication 'Landscapes of the Mind' invites the
reader to travel with us on a quest towards an inner world
that may shock and disturb, delight and depress, stir to
laughter and tears.
A Long Way From Home
With the help of funding from Market Towns Initiative, in May
2004 Borderland Voices published the book of Polish
reminiscence, 'A Long Way from Home'. The book was launched at
Leek Library and followed by a celebratory evening organised
by the local Polish community.
During 2001, Borderland Voices collected opinions and hopes
for the future from past and present users of the mental
health services in North Staffordshire at the time of the
closure of St. Edward's Hospital, Cheddleton, Staffordshire.
The spoken word was accompanied by archive material, music and
photography, together with artwork produced in Borderland
fascinating and engrossing venture that we have been working
on since last year is a reminiscence project with the local
Polish community, many of whom lived at the camp in Blackshaw
Moor, near Leek in the years following the Second World War.
In June 2004
Borderland Voices achieved funding from Awards for All for
this project. We planned a series of participatory workshops
held mainly at the John Hall Garden where we have our base,
and at the Kniveden Garden on the outskirts of the town. Both
gardens are run by the Social Enterprise Project in
partnership with Rethink.
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