We are delighted to announce that SOLA ARTS in partnership with Aspire Trust has been awarded investment by the Arts Council of England to undertake a 4-month research and development for our jointly developed 'Peacemakers' project.
Peacemakers aims to open dialogue between victims of war: both military and refugee, using creativity and arts based discourse as a platform and sharing space. The project coincides with 1st World War Centenary programming across Merseyside, will enhance refugee arts infrastructure in the region and presenting work by participants. In the research and design phase we will, through dialogue and creative consultations identify partners, consult potential participants, identify delivery approaches, evaluate and review to inform programming of a further more substantial programme which we want to provide up until June 2015.
This is the first time the two companies have worked in partnership and we are looking to a constructive and long term relationship with SOLA.
Dr. Nick Owen MBE, Director of Aspire Trust commented, 'The Aspire Trust is delighted to forge a brand new working relationship with SOLA ARTS and are looking forward to working with Adele, Phil Taylor and the wider SOLA community. Peacemakers is an exciting project which we passionately believe will make a major contribution to refugee arts in the region".
Adele Spiers, Artistic Director & Manager of SOLA said: 'This is a fantastic opportunity to work in partnership with Aspire Trust. Whilst also being able to deliver an exciting and innovative social action arts based project through which connections, dialogue and creativity will be given a solid foundation for the longer-term project to evolve'.