Entries by Lianne Buttrey

Let’s Do It!

Active Arts and friends present their new end of year show, Lets Do It! A fabulous, fun-filled evening of comedy, dance, musical theatre, film, and so much more! Don’t miss out on this ‘one night only’ event showcasing this year’s work! This year we are excited to be sharing the stage with our professional compere, Mat Ricardo! for more information on Mat’s work and some of the projects he has worked on, click HERE! Once again, the De La Warr Pavilion will play host to an end-of-year show that promises to be the best yet! Tickets are available from the De La Warr Pavilion website (link below) or directly from their box office. Performance: Wednesday 3rd July. Doors Open 7pm for 1 night only!

A Town Explores a Book – 2024

Active Arts partners with local art project, ‘Explore The Arch’ again this year for literary festival ‘A Town Explores A Book’. This year the festival explores E. Nesbit’s classic The Railway Children. Active Arts have had the privilege of being one the partners in this fantastic festival and have helped bring the story to life producing work for their exhibition “with a shriek and a snort”. Active Arts’ work forms part of the wider exhibition dedicated to the festival. It explores aspects of the book as well as the railway history right here in St Leonards with a model of Warrior Square Train Station as it was! Please support our students work as part of this festival at their studio, Archer Lodge, Charles Road, St Leonards. The exhibition is open daily from 11am-4pm on weekdays until 12th March. There is plenty to see and do across the whole festival which runs until 14th March. Follow the trail around St Leonard’s uncovering exhibitions, window displays, free family activities and more! More information (including downloadable map) can be found on the ‘A Town Explores a Book’ website HERE Active Arts would like to thank our wonderful students and staff who have worked so hard to bring the project to life.

Defeating Dementia in Downs Syndrome

Cambridge university are working in partnership with the Downs Syndrome Association to research and identify early signs that may indicate Azheimer’s disease. The study is looking for new participants from anywhere in the UK to take part. Participants must be aged 25 or over and have Down’s Syndrome. This important on-going research looks into the links between Down’s Syndrome and Alzheimers disease and help to identify early signs. Your input could really make a difference for generations to come! More information can be found on the Cambridge University website: https://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/defeating-dementia-in-downs-syndrome If you or someone you support is interested in participating in the study and would like to talk to someone, please call our Trustee and parent-carer Mark Johnson on 07957 859283

Active Arts prepare to DAZZLE you!

An exciting new exhibition has been curated by Active Arts students showcasing their fantastic work. The Exhibition will run from Friday 8th December (Private View, 6-8pm – All are welcome) and Saturday and Sunday 10-4pm on both days. A collection of works on paper, sculpture and textiles are available and some are available to buy at the Electro Studios Project Space, Seaside Road, St Leonards on Sea. Please come by and support our fantastic artists!

Open Door takes part in local exhibition.

This week sees the launch of a brand new exhibition at Hastings Museum and Art Gallery – Stored Out of Sight. The exhibition explores a rich history of disability and the importance of fighting for equality and rights in our community. The exhibition features artifacts which have previously been mis-catalogued and deemed ‘non-important’. Open Door members were invited to be part of the exhibition. Photos of the participants together with their own words feature in this important collection. The exhibition is live until December and entry is Free! More information can be found on the Hastings Museum and Art Gallery Website HERE

AGM 2023

Plans for this years AGM are in full swing. Please come along on Friday 10th November, 11am, Christchurch Hall, St Leonards. You are welcome to come and see the new plans for our future, meet our board of Trustees. We will discuss the previous year and hear about the progress we have made in all ares of our organisation. A light lunch and refreshments are included. A short synopsis of our accounts will be discussed at the meeting, but a set of full accounts can be viewed here;

Active Arts Presents GO GO GO!!!

Tickets available for the hottest show of the year! Active Arts and Friends are back this year with their new show, GO GO GO!!! This year promises to wow audiences with Musical Theatre pieces from Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat and Oliver, Comedy & Drama pieces from key historical moments, interpretive dance, stunning solos and much much more! Don’t miss this one-time-only performance on Wednesday 12th July, 7pm!

Coronation Tea Party

Join us to raise funds for BFBF, our big build and celebrate the King’s Coronation! You are invited to the Robsack Centre, Bodiam Drive, St Leonards for a Coronation Tea Party on Friday 5th May – 5.30-8.30pm. Tickets are £10, available from the office and include a high tea, entertainment, games and photo booth! Bring your friends and family, all are welcome! Red , White and Blue dress code welcome!

A Town Explores a Book

Active Arts collaborates with Explore the Arch in ‘A town explores a book festival’. Active Arts have done us proud again as they decorate our charity shop window with their work towards ‘A Town Explores a Book’. This years’ festival explores Mary Seacole’s Wonderful Adventures in Many Lands. An autobiography detailing the life of Mary and her childhood in Jamaica to her experiences of nursing in the Crimean war. Thank You to Juliette Dodd for working with the groups to create the work for this project. For more information, please visit http://atownexploresabook.com/ Happy Reading!