Group gets creative as it looks to help communities

An arts-themed community interest group will be exhibiting their work during a special event.

Happy Planet Creative Arts CiC will be holding an exhibition at Whitley Bay Library from Monday, September 22, to Friday, September 26.

And organisers will be holding an open day at The Mission, Lower Rudyerd Street, North Shields, on Saturday, September 27, from 10am to 4pm.

They also hold a weekly social crafting group every Wednesday and a fortnightly poetry group in North Shields on a Tuesday.

Local artist Gail Curry, who founded the group, said: “I had been employed in and volunteered in many creative roles throughout my life but I had never done anything within my own home community, so when I moved into my studio at the beginning of the year I decided it was time to remedy that.

“I set up Happy Planet as a Community Interest Company, with the ideal that it would become an organic member of the community, growing in the directions that the community wished, supporting by them.

“I frequently meet people who say they don’t have a creative bone in their body. I don’t believe that’s true.

“I believe that we need to give ourselves permission to play, be prepared to make mistakes and learn to put fun and enjoyment before success, which is a far cry from most people’s experience of real life today in its harsh competitive nature.

“I’m happy to talk to anyone who would like to take a few steps on their own creative journey.

“I welcome the opportunity to work collaboratively with others. I have spent time working with Print Maker Anne Proctor and now also Whitley bay poet Elaine Cusack in Whitely Bay Library, as we would like to offer both day and evening classes so we are available to all of the community.”

Happy Planet Creative Arts CiC was supported during start up by business advisor Toni Clark, of S.E.S. (Sustainable Enterprise Strategies), as well as ongoing support from Janice Ross, business advisor at North Tyneside Business Factory.

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