2023 Summer Workshop Blog

Our 2023 Summer Workshop Programme has arrived!

This year we are being funded by the Leicestershire and Rutland Community Foundation, through their ‘Reaching People Environmental Fund’. Through our research last summer, we learned that we could reach a wider audience by offering other forms of art workshops to accompany our visual arts offering. Therefore, this year, alongside visual arts workshops led by Elizabeth Dyer Shama Khiara we present music, dance and creative writing workshops too. We also have the talented Sam Berry joining us to lead some visual arts workshops. Read on to learn a bit more about some of our new arts leaders.

Our creative writing in the park workshops will be led by Dr Sabrina Mei-Li Smith, who is a writer, community arts facilitator and academic from Leicester. She was poet in residence with the Timber Festival and ‘Writer in the Woods’ with Coalville Writes. She teaches undergraduate and M.A. Creative Writing modules with De Montfort University and has led several community literature projects; including Leicester City Council’s mental health ‘REMIT’ programme, ‘Memories into Healing Words’ dementia project and Leicester’s Street homeless project: ‘My Journey’. Her fiction and nonfiction are available at TigerShark, Ink Pantry Press, Feminist Trash, and WithIntentions. She has written for Derby Theatre, Nottingham Playhouse, the Royal Court Theatre and the BBC.

Dr Mei-Li Smith will be running three workshops in August in Braunstone Park, Abbey Park and Spinney Hill Park. You can see full details of these on our workshops programme PDF document and book onto the workshops here.

Dr Mei-Li Smith
Dr Mei-Li Smith

Sam Berry is running two Nature Journalling workshops for us at The Arc in Loughborough. Sam loves making and creating with adults and children and has run creative workshops for nearly 20 years! She has a background in Graphic Design, worked in community arts for many years and now runs her own Creative Journalling workshops with a passion for art therapy. She had a jewellery business called Electric Kitty for five years and has recently discovered a love of collage. She loves making new pieces of art out of old images and loves nature, dinosaurs and creating new colourful worlds out of paper. She is looking forward to running summer workshops with Insecta Collective!

Sam Berry
Sam Berry
Caroline Rowland is a Leicester-based singer-songwriter and arts education facilitator, with an extensive history of teaching a wide range of performing arts to many people both in the UK and abroad. Caroline’s work focuses on empowering all children and young people to find their own creative voice through music, dance, theatre and art, she believes that everyone has the right to access art and be creative. Caroline has been delivering music participation work for 3 years, teaching singing, guitar, song-writing and performing skills to young people alongside her work delivering inclusive school projects in Attenborough Art Gallery.
Caroline Rowland
Caroline Rowland

You can book your places on the workshops that aren’t fully booked by completing our registration form here.

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