Arc Centre For Arts and Wellbeing in Stockport

As the year draws to a close, it seems a good time to reflect on a busy and chaotic couple of months for all at Arc.  Many people have been patiently asking what we plan to do, where will things be taking place and what, if anything, is going to change.

Firstly, a massive thank you to our incredible volunteers and trustees who have enabled us to relocate after more than 20 years in Reddish. Volunteers gave at least 200 hours of their time to help with lifting and shifting, packing and sorting, listing and selling – it was a truly overwhelming level of support from a group of good people.

The Arc staff team have all worked above and beyond and had to put up with some pretty dreadful working conditions so thanks to all my colleagues for keeping going!

And I would also like to thank to our friends at Bruntwood Construction, Universal Aids and Floreeda Fabrication for supporting us in the move.

Looking ahead, Arc really is embarking on a new adventure – and creating a centre for arts and wellbeing in the Hat Works building in the centre of Stockport. It’s an exciting time for us.  We have been made so welcome by the Hat Works museum staff and are already loving our new spaces in this iconic building!

What will we be offering at the centre for Arts and Wellbeing?

This will start with a beautiful new installation called  ‘It Takes A Village….’ from Arc’s Just for Mums group at the end of January. From the end of February, we will host an installation by artists Sharon Campbell and Rachel Ramchurn. Funded by Arts Council England, the exhibition is called ‘A Museum of Journeys in a Chest of Drawers’ and features powerful and poignant narratives from women from Arc and refugees from Nottingham.

So, what’s going to be different? In a way, as little as possible! But we see this as a huge opportunity for Arc to grow, to reach more people and help transform lives through the power of creativity…

And finally, please don’t forget our first Makers at the Mill evet this coming Saturday December 7th.  Between 11 and 5 you’ll be able to find a range of arts and crafts stalls, raffle, an activity and refreshments. It promises to build on the success of previous Art Bazaar events – but offer something a little different, including gin! It would be great to see you!

Many thanks,

Jacqui Wood, Artistic Director & Lead Officer, Arc
Posted November 16th, 2019.