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Voluntary Arts Week set to liven up the UK’s windows

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 others to join them. From 12 – 20 May 2012, Voluntary Arts are asking everyone to display something in their window that celebrates the art or craft form they love, as part of the ‘What’s in your Window?’ campaign. It could be a painting, piece of knitting, instrument, photo of them singing – or just a simple sketch.  Picture how great it would look – houses across the country, libraries, community centres, offices and shops, all with arts and crafts in their window for one special week! 

Arts and crafts groups could contact their local community centre, library or shop to see if they can display work in their window. We’re also encouraging groups to think outside of the box during Voluntary Arts Week, by putting on an event 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

·         take their art/craft form out into the public domain (shopping centre, bus station etc).

Anyone wanting to take part should visit www.voluntaryartsweek.org where they can find tips and advice, download publicity to help them promote their event and list their event online.

 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, and is now 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 www.voluntaryartsweek.org or email: info@voluntaryartsweek.org.