We have started a Facebook group, ‘What are you art and crafting at home today?‘
It has grown to just shy of 100 participants, some that already used to visit the studio and some new. There have been an amazing variety of home projects being shared and some wonderfully positive conversations going on between all ages and abilities. Which is exactly what Awenek Studio is all about, minus the face-to-face gathering.
We also painted 38 pebble Easter eggs and hid them around our closest village which was a huge hit with all ages and added a bit of joy to the daily exercise. It got such a great response.
At present we are running a Spring themed art competition but with window displayed/emailed picture entries and interactive map for an art trail.
We are just starting to add art and craft projects, sharing creative challenges through our Facebook and Instagram pages, and hoping soon to produce our own YouTube workshop videos, plus group craft sessions of our popular regular workshops online, using group media, accessible through our website.
This has been made possible by adapting and adjusting as quickly as possible in response to people’s need to be creative together. It is for wellbeing and a sense of community through arts, which already existed in South East Cornwall, but the current social distancing situation has made it more important than ever to reach out to people and their families.
We have been lucky to receive a top-up to our Lottery Reaching Community Grant, alongside the Council Small Business Relief Grant, to keep us ticking over without the risk of losing our premises and has kept the Awenek team in employment.
We hope to be able to fund more activities as we go forward over the next year and employ the local ad-hoc art & craft tutors we’d usually work with, to contribute to the Awenek Studio CIC’s package of social support and activities through art.
It is an absolute passion of ours to bring people together in a creative sense, even if we can’t physically be together right now.
We are determined to continue to provide a community studio throughout this pandemic, and still, be available as a much-needed service as we come out of it.
Rosie French, Founder and Studio Director.
HOW TO FIND US
Awenek Studio is situated at Maker Heights on the beautiful Rame Peninsula in South East Cornwall.
From the village of Millbrook, follow the B3247 towards Mt Edgecumbe, continue past Fourlanesend School on the right, then take the next right into Maker Heights. Follow the drive up the hill and you'll find the studio amongst the group of Nissen huts on the left.
Plymouth Citybus services 70/70A/70B stop near the main road entrance to Maker Heights. The route runs to and from Plymouth, via Torpoint, Whitsand Bay, Kingsand, Cawsand, Millbrook and Cremyll. You can also catch the Cremyll passenger ferry from Plymouth and take the short bus journey up to Maker Heights. (Check Plymouth Citybus website for latest timetable information).
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