Ayrshire

AFTERNOON TEA & STORYTELLINGS

Come and share an afternoon of magical stories for all the family in our friendly pub.

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BIG SING

Centrestage Gospel Choir opens the door to anyone who would like to experience the joy of singing together, regardless of experience or age.

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BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS

A music and drama performance developed by the Elevat8 group, with food and plenty of chat.

This event is free and open to all. If you wish, there will be an optional opportunity to make a donation to support the work of the recovery group.

 

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CHILOOTERY AT BURNS FEST

Join Lynne O'Neill at Vocal Spark to connect to your voice to enhance mental wellbeing, with songs from around the globe, not forgetting Burns! Zentangle will also give you the chance to use art and mindful meditation to help you relax and focus.  

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CHIME Creative Café

In partnership with Impact Arts and North Ayrshire Recovery College, join in with this series of CHIME themed workshops with artist Katie Lowe, who has a BA in Metalwork and Jewellery.

Booking is essential and materials will either be provided or will be easily available within your own home.

Katie is branching out into painting, drawing, illustrating, and has an interest in creating large scale and public artwork. Katie has developed community arts activities around self-expression and using collective pieces to create bigger installations. Katie is looking forward to hosting the workshops and encouraging creativity.

Follow Katie on Instagram.

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CHIME to Recover: Back to Normality?

North Ayrshire Recovery College are hosting a week of events around the theme of CHIME, things that support mental health recovery and wellbeing.

Students of North Ayrshire Wellbeing & Recovery College have been working over several months to produce photos, poems, paintings, and percussion pieces linked to CHIME.

Short films featuring CHIME images and poems will be released each day, created by videographer John Caldwell.

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CHIME to Recover: Back to Normality? Poster Exhibition

A series of large posters depicting photographs and poems linked to the five CHIME themes, aimed at engaging the public in a conversation about how they can increase their connectedness, hope, identity, meaning and empowerment.

Exhibitions will be displayed on railings across five North Ayrshire towns: Largs, Beith, Ardrossan, Irvine and Kilwinning.

They will also be placed in every Job Centre window across North Ayrshire and in cafes and shop windows in various towns.

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Connect: Making Music Despite Covid-19

Join musician Michelle Connolly and fellow musicians, as she launches her album Selah and shares the beautiful reflective music she has created during lockdown. Featured artists include Tim Brown and Karen Henderson.

Michelle is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Ayrshire. She has been involved in music since her early teens and has refined her craft and developed an ear for songwriting and composing.

Michelle is also a community musician and facilitates the North Ayrshire Recovery College drumming group ‘Drum 4 UR Life’. She released her first instrumental album Dileas in 2019. Join her for the launch of Selah and hear from Michelle about the background and development of the pieces.

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CONNECTED! OPEN MIC

These open mic nights on mental health and the theme of Connected will highlight the work of local poets, writers and musicians.

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Connecting with Nature & Environment

Artist Jon Stevenson believes everyone has an inner artist and has encouraged students of North Ayrshire Wellbeing & Recovery College to draw on theirs.

Jon has curated this amazing and diverse exhibition, which can be viewed on the Harbour Arts Centre Facebook page and at North Ayrshire Wellbeing & Recovery College website.

Image by Kerry Elliot.

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CRUMBLE

A no-dialogue physical theatre piece exploring Alzheimer's and the struggles faced by the sufferer and their loved ones as they try to remain connected. 

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DAD’S ARMY

Come and join the Centrestage Actors Company for a hilarious and moving romp back in time to World War 2. Featuring a live episode from the iconic hit sitcom Dads Army. Songs, sketches and surprises galore.

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DOING IT OUR WAY

Doing it Our Way is a day of conversation, performance and art that brings together the voices of North Ayrshire and Arran’s mental health community. Discussions will be centered around a piece of theatre that explores local people’s lived experiences of the fine line between mental health and mental illness. 

The Involved! Group and AIMS Advocacy commissioned, playwrights and theatre makers, Mariem Omari and Mark Jeary, to create this new piece of work. Mariem and Mark have been working with a group of people using mental health services in North Ayrshire and Arran for over six months to develop a piece of theatre based on their stories. 

A testament to the power of creative expression, the group have developed confidence and performance skills, along with exploring self-management techniques that they can use in their everyday lives. Participants have been sharing their stories in a creative way, and questioning what challenges they have overcome to get to this place in their recovery journey.

This project is funded through Self Management Fund for Scotland which is administered by the Health and Social Care Alliance supported by a grant from the Scottish Government.

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Empowerment Through Story & Song

A Zoom event with discussions and performances by special guests.

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Hope in the Community

Students of North Ayrshire Wellbeing & Recovery College will be engaging communities in Hope themed activities in various towns across North Ayrshire.

There will be pop up CHIME to Recover information stands in towns across North Ayrshire, engaging people in conversations: What do you feel when you are connected to others? What are your hopes for the new normality? What makes you unique? What gives your life meaning? When are you empowered?

This event will take place in accordance with Covid-19 guidance. 

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Hope Through Film

Film producer and peer volunteer for creative arts Richard Warden will present films of Hope.

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LEADERSHIP CONNECT SHOWCASE

For three evenings, young people will host elements of Centrestage Projects and show how they support and help people to be the best they can.

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Meaning Through Music

Dr Jane Bentley leads a music making and percussion workshop. Yes, she is a doctor of drumming!

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Notes from the Sketchbook

Join this virtual space to find out how a collective of ten makers and artists with links to North Ayrshire, have explored creativity, wellbeing and connection during lockdown.

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PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION

The top 30 photographs from our photography competition will be displayed at an exhibition open to the public to start conversations on what connection means for mental health.

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THE UNLIKELY LADS

Rehearsals are filled with laughs and absolutely no experience is required.

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