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Voluntary Arts Week

Taking place across the UK and Republic of Ireland, Voluntary Arts Week is a chance for amateur arts and crafts groups to show off their activities – and encourage other people to join them. From 12 – 20 May 2012, VAN are asking everyone to hang something in their window to celebrate the art or craft form they love. It could be a painting, a piece of knitting, an instrument, a photo of them singing – or just a simple sketch. 

Picture how great it would look – houses across the UK, public libraries, community centres, offices and shops – all with wonderful arts and crafts in their window for one special week! 

They are also encouraging groups to think outside of the box to encourage others to join them. They could: 

  • run a taster session for new people to have a go
  • hold an open rehearsal to show what they’re up to
  • host a special exhibition or stage a special performance
  • take their art/craft form out into the public domain (such as a shopping centre or bus station).

 And for people not currently taking part in the arts – this is the perfect chance to give it a go!

 Voluntary Arts Week is run by Voluntary Arts, the development agency for amateur arts and crafts in the UK and Republic of Ireland. The first Voluntary Arts Week was held in Scotland in 2011, but this year it’s being rolled out across the whole of Britain and Ireland. Voluntary Arts Week has been granted the Inspire mark by the London 2012 Inspire programme. For more information, please visit or email: