This spring, as the town begins to reawaken, Kirkby Lonsdale CIC in collaboration with Green Close is launching the Phoenix Rising community workshops: a number of free arts-based activities for you to recharge and learn something new. Green Close is a not-for-profit arts organisation based in the village of Melling.
Phoenix Rising is new visual art and wellbeing programme of workshops that puts your health at the heart of living and working in our community. Make a space for your wellbeing needs, whilst learning, sharing your ideas and connecting with others on a programme of fun, creative activities led by experienced professional artists. No previous experience necessary – the important thing is you have an open mind and want to try doing something creative to support your wellbeing.
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Online Phoenix Rising Programme
There will be a range of programmes varying in length, starting with two online programmes this Spring before moving on to face to face sessions in the Lunesdale Hall in time for Summer (in line with government regulations).
Gratitude Gallery Photography
The first will be a four-week photography programme called Gratitude Gallery which will run online each Friday from 30th April. Practicing gratitude is scientifically proven to make you happier by recognising the goodness in the world around you – and this is exactly what the Phoenix Rising programme aims to do.
You will be guided by professional photographer Ginny Koppenhol as you capture your surroundings through the lens of appreciation and kindness, and at the end of the course this message will be spread throughout the community as your work is displayed voluntarily in businesses across town.
Discover more and book onto Gratitude Gallery.
Myths and Legends Mapmaking
The second online course is called Myths and Legends, a two-week course which starts on Sunday 2nd and 9th Maydesigned for all the family and provides a gentle ease back into everyday life. The programme will run for two hours each week, led by artist illustrator Kremena Dimitrova, bringing Kirkby Lonsdale’s vivid and fascinating history to life through visual processes leading to a collaborative map. This is an exciting opportunity to learn something different and ignite your creative mind, whether for the first time in a while or for the first time ever
Discover more and book onto Myths and Legends.
Face to Face Phoenix Rising Programme
The face to face Phoenix Rising Programme will be held at the Lunesdale Hall. We plan, subject to government guidelines, to begin this programme on Sunday 23rd May.
Kirkby Towntastic: In & Outdoors
If you’re looking for a livelier way to de-stress, try the KirkbyTowntastic programme, which will take place both in and outdoors. This adventure starts at the Lunesdale Hall and moves into Kirkby Lonsdale with artist Danielle Chappell-Aspinwall letting the historic tales and natural awesomeness of the Lune Valley inspire you.
In these dynamic workshops you will doodle, make and draw – uniting as a group to decorate the community’s streets with your creations. Try one of the ‘KirkbyTowntastic’ three-hour sessions, or call by for a Family Friendly drop in session.
Discover more and book onto Kirkby Towntastic.
Tree of Life Ceramics: Indoors
The Tree of Life workshops will be led by local artist Sue Flowers, including a three week programme for adults from 23rd May to 20th June. You you will learn how to make your own ceramic candlestick inspired by popular Mexican folk art. Finally lighting your candles in St Mary’s Church in a display of strength, beauty and growth, celebrating with the community as we rise out of Lockdown together.
Light of Life Ceramics: Indoors & Family Friendly
Discover more and book onto Light of Life.
Booking Information for Phoenix Rising Workshops
Phoenix Rising community activity programmes are free and will run online or in Lunesdale Hall. We do ask for a £10 deposit per person or family which will be refunded at the end of each programme. We want this to be accessible to everyone – so please do contact us if this is a problem for any reason.
All courses are designed for adult participation – children are welcome at any of those titled Family Friendly.
Book onto any of the courses online here or ring the Information & Gift Shop on 015242 97177.
National Academy for Social Prescribing, Arts Council England, Natural England and Historic England.