Thursday, 15 December 2011

The Winter Solstice

Next Wednesday we will be celebrating The Winter Solstice and would love it if you could come along and join us. 

The Winter Solstice 
Halewood Park
The Environment Centre, Okell Drive, Halewood, L26 7XB

Wednesday 21st December
6pm start

Follow the trail around the park, encounter mythical persons, listen to their stories, and celebrate the longest night of the year.
Join with the Junior Artists Club in distributing environmentally friends gifts for the wildlife,and listen to their wishes for the coming year.
Listen to songs by Halewood Community choir, and feel free to join in if you want!
A very stirring, happy, and thought provoking evening.  
Then join us for mulled wine and refreshments at the Rangers Centre.

Thursday, 1 December 2011

What have we been up to...

Its been a while since we have updated our blog, we have been really busy over at Halewood Arts Association. We would like to start by giving a huge thank you to everyone who took the time to vote for us in the Natwest Community Force awards. Unfortunately we didn't win this time, but we are extremely grateful for your supports and votes.

Back in October we attended the Liverpool Lantern Carnival with our wonderful Junior Artists Club. The turn out was brilliant, as always and we all thoroughly enjoyed every minute. Here are some pictures from the night.

We have collaborated with The Liverpool Everyman Playhouse to provide a number of workshops throughout Knowsley for their service user groups. We have loved every minute of it and created some wonderful work, all of which will be celebrated in a final Cinders Ball next week. We cannot wait to attend. Here is some of the wonderful work we produced.

Last but by no means least, we have been hard at work organising Decembers Winter Solstice performance.  It would be wonderful if you could attend this free event, in Halewood Park, on December 21st.

Thursday, 29 September 2011

We need your help!

We are up for a Natwest Community Force award and we would love it if you give us a vote.
We could receive upto £6000. This will allow us to really bring Halewood Arts Association up to date and buy some well needed computer equipment. We also want to continue the work we do with the Junior Artists Club by combining the arts and education we provide. We want to run a series of workshops teaching the JAC to appreciate their natural surroundings and learn to love their environment as much as we do. We hope to do this by running a series of workshops developing photography, ICT and web projects. It will include exploring the local Mersey Forest and appreciating the wonderful fauna and flora surrounding us.

As a non profit organisation who functions solely on grants and funding, this could really help us out.

You can vote --------->>>>>>>. HERE (CLICK ME)

You need to register to vote, then confirm the registration when they email you, this can take a couple of minutes but we really really really appreciate you taking the time.

A big thank you from the Junior Artists Club if you have voted!

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Something different to do in Halewood

If you are looking for something to get involved in within Halewood then look no further than the Halewood Community Choir Singing Sessions…

Each session takes place at the Halewood Centre for Learning and everyone is welcome - no experience necessary, all abilities and ages welcome!

Cost £2.00 per person per session

Wednesday evenings

28th September
5th October
12th October
19th October
26th October
2nd November
9th November
16th November
23rd November
30th November

For further details contact Carla Simkin at Knowsley Arts and Heritage Service on 0151 443 5619 or Anna Jackson from Halewood Centre for Learning on 0151 477 8830.

Also at Halewood Arts Association we are still looking for a Junior Artists Club Volunteer! Could you help?

Junior Artists Club Workshop Assistant

Do you like art? Are you interested in the environment, ecology or nature? Do you have two hours to spare?
If you can answer yes to these questions then volunteering as a Junior Artists Club workshop assistant could be for you. We need help with the general running of the workshops, accompanying children on trips, distributing refreshments and putting up displays of children's work. The club takes place every Wednesday and is from 3:45 - 5:45. Starting as soon as possible.

Reasonable travel expenses covered for role.

If you are interested, give Carole or Sophie an email on

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Halewood Country Fair

Halewood Arts Association had a great day out running workshops with the local community.

Very excitingly we shared a marquee with Reefs Reptiles. I had a chance to stroke a very long snake, we also saw chameleons and a skunk!

The day was hot and people were arriving having heard the sound of music, the commentary about the Rescue Dogs, and the noise and cheer from The Falcon Show.

We produced loads of marrottes and bogarts using natural materials. We got to experiment with cloves, dock seeds, rose petals, sunflowers seeds and other items we had foraged.

All age ranges got involved and there was a real variety of work created. Some models were very realistic, and others took the mischevious theme to heart and created bizarre, funny and scary creatures.

It was lovely to see so many people walk around the show carrying their creations. It was a wonderful day!

The final outcomes were very aromatic and visually stunning. What do you think of some of the work produced?


Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Blooming Great Tea Party

This week we attended The Blooming Great Tea Party over at Schmooze. Our volunteer exhibition and event coordinator, Sophie, was involved in the styling of the event, with her company Strange Case Collective and of course we all went along to support not only one of our own, but such an incredible cause.

The event was organised by Lauras Little Bakery and Pauline Coxy and all proceeds went straight to Marie Curie. We have just found out from Sophie that the overall total raised is an absolutely incredible £5123!

It was a lovely afternoon filled with beautiful cakes, sandwiches and scones. With wonderful entertainment and even a magician who blew the minds of all of us. The raffle was great to and our own Carole won a prize!

What do you think of the photos?

Sophie our volunteer with her colleague Laura, Strange Case Collective

The Halewood Arts Association Table
Fiona, Liz, Sophie and Carole of HAA
Fiona, Sophie, Liz, Laura and Carole
Mel ,Michelle, Sophie, Fiona, Laura, Liz and Carole

Also, here at Halewood Arts Association we are looking for a Junior Artists Club Workshop Assistant

Do you like art? Are you interested in the environment, ecology or nature? Do you have two hours to spare?
If you can answer yes to these questions then volunteering as a Junior Artists Club workshop assistant could be for you. We need help with the general running of the workshops, accompanying children on trips, distributing refreshments and putting up displays of children's work. The club takes place every Wednesday and is from 3:45 - 5:45. This role is from September onwards 

Reasonable travel expenses covered for both roles.
One of our regular volunteers Sophie has this to say about working within Halewood Arts Association

"I have been an active volunteer within Halewood Arts Association for a year now. I assist in the office, organising events and assisting the Junior Artists Club every Wednesday. I thoroughly enjoy it here and the skills I have learnt and the people I have met have improved my CV so much and the opportunitys that have came up from this are invaluable"

Would you be interested in helping? Or do you know anyone else who may?

Please contact Carole or Sophie at The Environment Centre, Okell Drive, Halewood. Or email

Monday, 25 July 2011

Work Experience at Halewood Arts Association

The past fortnight we have been very lucky to have a student from Halewood Centre for Learning working alongside us. Rachel has been assisting with the arts administration, the Junior Artists club, helping to update the blog and also working alongside one of our other volunteers Sophie and her company Strange Case Collective.

Rather than having us type out what it is Rachel is interested in and what she has enjoyed this week, we thought we'd give her the opportunity to write up her own blog post for the website... We would like to begin this post by saying a huge thank you to Rachel as she has helped out a lot over the past two weeks and fit in perfectly with Halewood Arts Association. I will hand over now to Rachel...

In the past two weeks I have learnt a lot about the bushiness side of art, I wanted my work experience to be art related because it is something I have always enjoyed, currently take it as a subject in school and want as an aspect in my future. The people of Halewood Arts have been openly friendly and helpful in advising about a number of things like; making contacts and networking, organising events and possible career options.

I had the option to work with Sophie in panting props for a live music event threshold heavy with her company; Strange Case Collective. guitars shown here:

Me helping to paint one of the guitars

The frets were my idea.

Overall it has been a very valuable experiences. Ive enjoyed working with the greatt kids; who are so friendly and well behaved, learning more about the community and taking part in Strange Case Collective. Couldn't have been with better people.. THANK YOU!

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Summer break for the Junior Artists Club

Last week was the last Junior Artists Club before our summer break so we thought we would do a blog post showing some of the wonderful work that has been produced over the last couple of months and also some of the fun we've had. If any of the Junior Artists Club are reading over this we would just like to say we've had a wonderful year, we hope you have a lovely Summer and to the ones who are not going to be coming back after Summer, it was wonderful to teach you for so long!
One of our, lets get everything out and get messy weeks!

Bug Box Designs
Circle of Smudge, Maddie

Our gigglers, Jennifer and Zoe. With a more creative bug adventure park
One of the many motivational games we like to end the JAC with
Amy exploring one of the installations within the Bridewell from our trip around The Biennial
One of our favourite parts of The Biennial
Lewis with his Jelly Fish lantern during the Liverpool Lantern Parade
Charlie, also with a Jelly Fish Lantern she had made
The week lovely artist Karen came in.