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Sheffield art charity celebrates 10th anniversary

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A Sheffield art charity that encourages people to express their creativity has marked its 10 year anniversary with a name change.

Art in the Park revealed its new name – Ignite Imaginations – during a special event in Sheffield’s Winter Garden to celebrate a decade of engaging people in art.

Originally set up in 2003 as an extension of an existing arts organisation, Garden Rooms, the project quickly developed and received Arts Council funding in 2004.

Since that time the art organisation has continued to grow, stretching its roots from Netherthorpe, Upperthorpe and Langsett to deliver creative workshops to people across Sheffield.

Chief executive Luisa Golob explained the new name does not mean the charity is changing, but instead continuing to develop.

She said: “The project originally held art workshops in green spaces – now we hold them in all types of spaces, from a school class rooms to sheltered housing.

“We still have the same morals we set out with but we’ve expanded our offering to work with more people in more areas.

“The new name simply better reflects what we do – ignite imaginations by increasing access to high quality creative activities.

“In particular we try to engage with people who wouldn’t normally become involved in art to show them that everyone can be creative with the right teacher.”

Through its 40 professional artists, the charity delivers free events and workshops focusing on visual arts and creative writing including poetry, storytelling, textiles, sculpture, film making, painting, drawing and crafts.

People of all ages and backgrounds have benefited from the creative classes over the past decade.

Luisa added: “We’re really proud of all that’s been achieved over the past ten years and hope to continue in a similar way over the next decade, engaging even more people in the work we do.”

 

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