Staying connected and active

Many of us are looking for activities to keep us connected and active during this period of social distancing and self-isolation.

We gathered some links and ideas of cultural events, activities and resources you can access from home.

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Culture Warrington

Visit Culture Warrington’s 'get creative at home' webpage - it has a handy list of fantastic cultural resources you can access from the comfort of your very own home.

Museums and art galleries

The Wire Works

A heritage project which celebrates the legacy left by the wire industry, which dominated Warrington’s employment structure for over a hundred years in the 18th and 19th centuries, putting the town at the forefront of the Industrial Revolution. It is a collaboration between National Lottery Heritage Fund, Warrington Borough Council, Culture Warrington and Warrington-based creative media and acting studio, Ludovico. This culture and heritage project will give local people new opportunities to tell their stories, and raise awareness of the significance of this industry to Warrington’s identity. Information about the project and links to activities to do at home can be found:

Twitter:@TheWireWorks

Facebook: @TheWireWorksWarrington

Insta: @TheWireWorksWarrington

Technically Brilliant

Technically Brilliant’s 2020Vision exhibition in Golden Square is temporarily closed but there will be daily posts about the individual exhibiting artists and their work. A ‘virtual exhibition’ is available on their website, with a thumbnail of each artist’s work available to view.

Facebook: @technicallybrilliantart

Insta: @technicallybrilliant 

National Gallery

Visit the National Gallery virtual tour

British Museum

Visit the  British Museum virtual tour

Google Arts and Culture

Google Arts and Culture virtual tours and online exhibits have teamed up with over 500 museums and galleries around the world. It includes the British Museum, Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, Guggenheim in New York, Musee d’Orsy in Paris bringing their collections to anyone and everyone.

V21 Virtual Exhibition Tours

V21 Virtual Exhibition Tours have made virtual tours of hundred plus art exhibitions to explore from your home.

The Armchair Gallery

Nottingham City Arts: the Armchair Gallery app has been developed by Nottingham City Arts includes artworks and artefacts from the collections of Chatsworth House, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, The Lowry, Dulwich Picture Gallery, Pitt Rivers Museum and more with many creative activities alongside them.  It is especially designed for people living with dementia. Download the app on the App Store or on Google Play.

Anne Frank house

Take a virtual tour of the Anne Frank house in Amsterdam or visit the Anne Frank website.

Visual art and crafts activities
  • Warrington based Blooming Art will be leading online activities and tutorials on their Facebook page.
  • Yodomo brings access to a range of creative online workshops including origami, make a felt plant hanger, make a sourdough starter and learn to draw. Many of the online workshops are now free, but some have a small cost to take part.
  • Fermynwoods Contemporary Arts have created a series of online art workshops, prompts and tutorials - the first workshop is from artist Jessica Harby who runs classes in ‘anti-drawing’ where the goal is to draw badly!
  • Crafts Magazine has offered free access to all their digital editions for a month - giving you the opportunity to dig into every issue of the magazine, spanning from today all the way back to the 1970s.
Music and choirs
  • The Sofa Singers is a weekly online choir rehearsal using the app Zoom, has become very popular and takes place on Tuesdays at 7.30pm for 45 mins.  As places are limited and snapped up quickly, they also plan to live steam their rehearsal on YouTube so anyone can join in.
  • Gareth Malone’s Great British Home ChorusChoir is not just about singing - it's about people, it's about connections, it's about life.” Gareth is running sessions on YouTube. Register and they’ll contact you by email with the information that you need. 
  • Song Line Quarantine Choir takes place on 10.30am Mon, Wed, Fri for half an hour. Join in using the Zoom app
Drama
  • Stream The Globe’s library of plays at a small cost.
  • Cheshire Rural Touring Arts - The Mystery of Raddlesham Mumps, by ATT, toured the network in the autumn. A studio recording of the children’s play is streaming now for free. Michael Rosen described it as: ‘...a fearsome but funny gothic tale of dynasty, death, revenge and hope’.
Opera and ballet
  • Royal Opera House (ROH) have launched a programme of free online content; they’re broadcasting a schedule that brings a programme of opera and ballet to every home and device. #OurHouseToYourHouse

     The following will be available via ROH’s Facebook and YouTube channels:

     Cosi fan tutte, The Royal Opera, 2010 – 10 April 2020, 7pm

     The Metamorphosis, The Royal Ballet, 2013 – 17 April 2020, 7pm

  • BBC iPlayer - Mayerling, Pappano’s Greatest Arias and Darcey Bussell: Looking for Margot are all available 
  • Marquee TV - A number of organisations, including ROH and RSC are partnering with Marquee TV to bring you world class performances on demand. Some content is free or a 30-day free trial is available for their audiences
  • Paris Opera House is offering ballet and opera shows from their archives online free of charge. Performances from Swan Lake to Don Giovanni are available on the website.
Other dance
  • Moovbank is a free, digital dance platform, created by the world-renowned dance company, BalletBoyz. The bank features high-quality dance content which gives audiences the opportunity to learn directly from professionals. You can find video dance lessons, step-by-step tutorials, games, creative tasks and exercise-from-home videos, but also clips, materials and interviews from the BalletBoyz company! All you have to do is sign-up, for free.
  • Sadler’s Wells Digital stage.
  • Strictly professional Oti Mabuse leads live dance lessons for children and adults on YouTube.
  • Fallen Angels Dance Theatre have a YouTube channel, if you’d like to see some of their performances. Their website also has some links and inspirational blogs. 
  • Movema and RISE Dance are hosting online World Fusion classes using Facebook Live with the aim to bringing us all together no matter how far apart we are in location. They take place on Tuesdays from 7pm- 7.45pm  on https://www.facebook.com/Movema/
Reading and storytelling

Reading and storytelling

  • The BBC has advice about how to set up an online reading group and you can access books online from the library for free!
  • Audible allows you to download a wide genre of audio stories and books.  Whilst the schools are closed Audible has a wide collection of stories (across 6 languages) available to listen to for free to stream on your devices.
  • LiveWire offer an online library service for for books, talking books, CDs, DVDs and items in the local studies collection.

     

     

 

Circus skills
  • The Circus House are uploading videos of circus skills that you can practice at home. They’re encouraging participants to post their progress using Instagram: @thecircushouse or using the hashtag #circusinyourhouse. Some circus tricks include, a three ball juggling tutorial for complete beginners

       

Various art forms
  • Culture in Quarantine, developed by the BBC in partnership with Arts Council England, includes lots of links to a whole programme of Arts events accessible to everyone from their homes via BBC iPlayer,
  • Cultural First Aid Kit provides 30 creative and fun activities and workshops that can be completed in your own home, in hospital or in care centres and homes. The activities have been created by artists, musicians and therapists for people to carry out themselves or with family and friends.
  • Luminate in Scotland have launched Lunminate@Home. Short films are uploaded every Tuesday and Friday at 2pm, on their social media channels and websites. These films have been designed to inspire and guide you through a creative activity that can be done at home or in a care home. The activities are presented by professional artists and feature different arts forms including crafts, poetry, music and dance. The films will be left online so you can access them at any time. The films are available on Luminate’s facebook page, or on our YouTube or Vimeo channels.

       

Children and families
  • Z-Arts are an arts and theatre venue in Hulme, with a range of activities, shows and events for children and families. Everyone at team Z-arts is working together to make sure they can bring loads of inspiring creative content to you online.
  • Learn to draw Disney characters.
  • Puppetry play – Snow Mouse by Travelling Light Theatre Company
  • Shakespeare Learning Zone - for as long as schools are closed, Amazon will be offering children everywhere the chance to instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids.
Arts for older age groups
  • National Activity Providers Association (NAPA) Arts in Care Homes has a range of free online resources for activities and ideas.  Including an initiative called Only Connect set up to encourage more creative writing projects in care homes.  One initiative is to create Only Connect partnerships with care homes to develop care home pen pal partnerships.  Get in touch with NAPA for more information and there is a resource pack for ideas creative writing activities and poems.
  • Silver Swans - ballet exercise classes, designed to get the older generation moving to the music at home. Delivered by the Royal Academy of Dance.
  • A new national creative arts competition for over 70s stuck at home because of Coronavirus. Categories include short story, poetry, musical composition, short drama and art.

    https://www.kinglearprizes.org.uk/

Miscellaneous
  • Chatterpack is an organisation supporting people with ADHD. They have produced this list of links to resources, including virtual tours (museums, galleries, zoos), music performances and concerts, arts and crafts and much more.