A Writing Course that goes behind the scenes at the museum
Today I’ve invited Dominique De-Light to take over my blog. Dominique is founder and director of CREATIVE FUTURE, an inspirational organisation that works across the South East and nationally, supporting writers and artists in imaginative and original ways.
Over to you Dominique:
There’s an exciting new creative writing course starting at Brighton Museum aimed specifically at writers who feel they lack opportunities due to mental health issues, disability, health or social circumstance. Called Museum Tales, it starts on the 5th February and runs for 5 weeks on Thursdays between 2-4pm. The group, based in an education room at Brighton Museum, will use museum artefacts to inspire written work. The course looks at how inspiration can be found everywhere and is facilitated by Dr Claudia Gould, a published novelist, short story writer and teacher of Literature and Creative Writing for over 20 years. Previous participants have written poetry and short stories inspired by paintings, pottery, furniture and Egyptian artefacts. You can read their work by purchasing a copy of ‘Museum Tales II’ sold at the Brighton Museum shop or from the Creative Future website £3.
Course participants get a chance to read their work at a performance held in the Museum at the end of March and selected pieces will be published on the Brighton Museum blog and the Creative Future website. The course costs £15 or £25 if your income is above £20,000 p.a.
Previous participants say:
“This has been an amazing course! I’ve learnt so much – Claudia has shared literature and the museum with such mouth-watering enthusiasm that I spend all week longing for more! I’m so sorry this course has ended.”
“The course was utterly brilliant and Claudia was beyond brilliant! She shared with us her seemingly limitless knowledge of literature and bound it round the objects in the museum giving us inspiration and encouragement… Her enthusiasm for the course and the museum itself were delightful and made every Wednesday a day to look forward to.”
The course is one of many run by Creative Future, a Brighton based charity that supports marginalised writers and artists. We offer free and low cost art and writing workshops from entry to professional level – including: Creating your own website, Applying for grants and Using social media to promote yourself. We also have a Mentoring programme, funded by the Arts Council and the People’s Health Trust, that provides one to one support over 6 months from an arts professional, helping people achieve their creative goals. Previous mentees have had their work published, exhibited or created portfolios enabling them to gain places on University courses.
Creative Future is a bridge to help people move from community arts to working as professional artists and writers. Our aim is to nurture marginalised artists/writers leading them to high quality professional creative practice. As such we also run high profile events to give marginalised artists and writers real world exposure. These include the Creative Future Literary Awards a national competition and high profile award ceremony showcasing the work of talented socially excluded writers. This competition launches in March and has over £5000 of writers’ development prizes so check it out! We also run the Tight Modern, a miniature replica of the iconic Tate Modern, which features 60 pieces of A5 original artwork. The Tight Modern has been on tour for the last six months and been seen by over 42,000 people. For more details check out the online gallery.
Artists and writers can have their own profile on our website – providing public exposure for art and written work. We also have very active Facebook pages and community which constantly feature new opportunities, advice and access to resources – ‘like’ our pages (Creative Future, CF Literary Awards & Tight Modern) to see these in your Facebook newsfeed. You can also sign up for the Creative Future newsletter which will drop new opportunities into your in-box or letterbox on a monthly basis.
If you’re interested in booking a place on the Museum Tales course or want more information on any of the above contact Creative Future on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01273 234780. We’re a great resource for those who need a little helping hand to achieve their creative dreams.
Thank you Dominique – the work you do at Creative Future is important, very important, and I know you have an engaging and talented tutor in Claudia. I encourage anyone within travelling distance of Brighton Museum to grab this opportunity and investigate the other chances to start your own creative journey.