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Saturday, 01 August 2009 16:04

 25th October 2009

Is anybody out there???  Thought I would do a quick update about what's happened since August.  Who starts a new business in a recession and in August!  It could only get better and thankfully it is, albeit slowly.  The retail side of selling cards is going well and in discussion with two venues (details next time) about exhibiting some photos (More enquiries very welcome). I have been taking loads of photos of the Wirral looking beautifully autumnal, very lucky to live here in so many ways.

I found it a bit daunting doing the sales pitch bit but most people have been so lovely to me - ah!  It all helps in getting the name out and goes a little way to supporting what I passionately want to do which is set up lots of Creative Hubs (see Workshops). 

I never realised how much was involved in applying for grant funding - I have so much to learn!

Wondering how long I can write before getting political so just a small thing (clearly not long then!) .... why are there so many empty and deteriorating shops on the Wirral which could surely be put to some use?  Who are the absent landlords?  Is something really positive being done by the Council to deal with this and I have yet to find out about it?  Is it true that renovating premises is liable to a 15% tax whereas knocking it down isn't? 

A quick thanks to my lovely family and pals for keeping me sane-ish!

 See you next time x

 Welcome to my very first blog entry! This is a very personal venture for me. It represents the 'crazy paving' which has made up my life to date rather than any direct career path.  Both Urban Creatives the social enterprise business and this accompanying website, have developed from my own experiences (good and bad), including any talents and skills I have acquired, beliefs I hold to be true, all alongside the dreams and hopes I still have for the future.

My own interest in all aspects of arts, craft and design and goes back to my childhood. After school, working in the creative industry was never an option, or even a thought.  I worked in the banking and then insurance industry which I really enjoyed for a while and then family life followed, so I have no regrets about it.  However, creativity has always been has been a strong thread weaving its way throughout my life in some shape or form, be it, for example, decorating homes, singing, gardening, photography, renovating furniture, all kinds of stuff really. I guess you could call me a “bubbling dabbler” as I always had some project or other up and running and it enabled me to earn some income too.

Recently though, I reached a stage in my life where I decided I had two choices, I could either banish all thoughts of this distracting dream of mine, or decide to give it a go, leaving a well paid job for absolutely uncertainty - easy decision then!  It’s generally the things we didn’t even try to do that we regret and instead of moaning about my life, I decided to take the risk and just give this a go. Pretty mad eh?

From my own experiences I believe that participation in creative activities can:

  • Be a welcome release from the stresses and strains of daily life
  • Help with depression. During such times, our heads often stay in the current chaos when if we could just work on being even a little pro-active, trying even the simplest creative activity, then it would help.  This could be the something to get people going in a more positive direction
  • Reduce blood pressure and slow the heartbeat down as people get into 'the flow'
  • Heal and inspire
  • Encourage positive emotions - contentment with the past, happiness in the present and hope for the future
  • Create a buzz and provide a great excuse to learn new things and laugh a little - or a lot!
  •  Stir the imagination
And what is a social enterprise? Basically it is a  business which combines entrepreneurial drive with a strong social purpose – a desire to make a living at the same time as trying to make a profit. I graduated last November from the School for Social Entrepreneurs, based at Blackburne House in Liverpool, a great course and they have continued to support all graduates since then.

To help finance this venture we design, make and sell a range of products including prints and cards from our range of photographs.  These are selling well, with two exhibitions in the planning stage - watch this space! An online shop is also coming soon.  If you think you could support us in some way, for example, buy or exhibit our cards and prints, hold a party (% to your own favourite charity) provide materials, sponsorship or know of suitable premises, then we would love to hear from you so do get in touch!

Finally, thanks for checking out our website, I'm delighted you found us! Please feel free to get in touch with any feedback or ideas, they are always welcome.

"Imagination is more important than knowledge" Albert Einstein

 


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our mission

To encourage 'can do' attitudes, creative thinking and action, to see the role of the Arts and Creativity being recognised and valued, thus playing a key part in creating healthy, vibrant, enterprising communities, and to ensure that doing all of the above is as enjoyable as possible! as enjoyable as possible!

our vision

Urban Creatives' vision is to see The Arts, in all its formats, being used as a way to release untapped potential and creativity for the benefit of all communities across the Wirral peninsula.