The latest news from Arc 22/02/17
New Year, New Opportunities!
We have a lot of exciting things planned for 2017.
Find out about all the Arc Centre and Gallery news below.
Image by Tamzin Forster 2016
Quick Look Dates For Your Diary

PAPER, Transformed Exhibition - 28th Jan - 4pm 17th March

Tamzin Forster "The Art of Running" Exhibition of Photography - 25th
Feb - 4pm 17th March
Arc Saturday Art Club - Sat 25th Feb - PAPER, Explored: Costume and Hats
Young People's Arc Exhibition - 25th March - 4pm 13th April
Arc Saturday Art Club - 25th March - Young People's Arc
Exhibition Celebration
Ewa Konior 'Presence' Exhibition of Paintings - 29th April - 4pm 16th June
Arc Saturday Art Club
11-4 Sat 25th February

Join us this Saturday and explore 3D paper hats & costume! The mannequins are ready, come and collaborate on some hats and period and futuristic costume! All ages are welcome. Seating and refreshments available.

PAPER, Transformed is a collaborative exhibition showcasing visual artwork from artists connected with PAPER Gallery in Manchester and emerging artists from Arc’s wellbeing programmes.

All ages are welcome to the monthly Arc Saturday Art Clubs. We ask for a small donation of £2 for the activity.. Refreshments will be available and please feel free to bring your own lunch and relax in the seating areas.
Artist Residencies
We are very excited to have new resident artists at Arc! Lydia Meiying, Tamzin Forster and Pentimento Ceramics + Print.

Responding to increased demand from vulnerable people and to create relevant training for creative people, many of whom are seeking work or increased skills and confidence, Arc has commissioned 3 artists in residence.
We have some new creative courses and training planned that will generate new income for the charity, volunteering opportunities and enable current volunteers to gain professional experience.
The residents and participants in the programme will organise an exhibition for June 2017 but you can follow their journey on social media in the next few months.

Did you vote for your favourite Picture of Stockport? Well if you missed out or feel like you still want more, look out for the workshops happening from April! You can still visit our touring exhibition Unpicked:Restitched at Stockport Central Library.
Have you taken a look at our new Young People's Arc Blog?

SICK! Festival Manchester

We are excited to be involved with SICK!'s participatory public art project
"Before I Die" by artist Candi Chang.

The installation invites people to contemplate death, reflect on life, and share their personal aspirations in public. After losing someone she loved, Chang channelled her grief and depression into this project covering a crumbling house with chalkboard paint and stencilled it with the prompt, “Before I die I want to ....." Read more about this and their other events on the SICK! website.

Oasis Cafe Gallery - Artist Bio by Exhibitor Dave Yeomans
See Dave's work at the Oasis Cafe Gallery, Stepping Hill Hospital, Stockport
Welcome to our new trustees Wendy & Safi!

We spoke to Safi to find out a bit more about her...

What was your favourite job ever?
Apart from working with the lovely people at Arc, I would say my role as a 
Volunteer and Development Co-ordinator for an older peoples’ welfare and health charity. It was a varied role involving fundraising, volunteer management and community outreach and I made some memorable friendships during my years there that I still treasure.
What are you passionate about?
Equality and social and environmental justice… We are all equal, but all different. It is okay to be different, society doesn’t always agree but we are all part of society. So, I work with others in society in unpicking this and opening up dialogues to create awareness and positive change.

What do you do for fun?
Dancing, music, movement. Dancing and music is universal, it raises the spirits and can bring smiles to both those watching and listening and those willing to join in!
Why did you want to be involved with Arc?
Their work on wellbeing and their values. I had heard of Arc before I even knew what they did, just from the good things people were saying about them. It made me want to know more. Then when I did get to know more about their work around wellbeing through the arts and had met a few people already involved, I just knew this was something I should get involved with.
Tamzin Forster Photography Exhibition
“I find that both creative and physical activity increase my resilience to the stresses of daily life. Not only am I feeling physically fitter through running, but I am more mentally alert through mindful running. It is important to me that these runs are local and highlight the beauty near where I live. I try to take a photo during each run using different techniques and subjects to keep learning and create an interesting body of work.” Read more here.
There are spaces left for the creative public programmes' few remaining workshops.
A new programme will launch in late April. Please
join the workshop mailing list at the bottom of the linked page to be first to know! The programme will include artist product training, block printing and ceramics.
Reddish Vale Winter Photography Walk with Tamzin Forster
11:30 - 13:30 Sat 25th February - £5
Click to book
Handmade Books: Japanese Fukuro Bound Book Workshops
12:30 - 17:30 Thu 9th March £30-£50
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Monthly Drawing Socials!

Join us for a session of evening-time social drawing... All experience levels welcome, just come and enjoy yourself!

Click for more details or to book
We are planning soon to offer hire of our spaces, including the studios, ceramics equipment and kiln, and Mac suite. Check our website for details, keep updated on our Facebook Page or email to express you interest.
We have a couple of Handmade Giveaways going on! PAPER artist Phill Hopkins and Arc Shop seller Lisa Martell have kindly donated pieces to us in support of our charitable aims. Phill's painting Burning City can be won by purchasing a £2 raffle ticket at the centre, and the draw is this Saturday at the Art Club. Lisa's earrings can be won simply by Liking and sharing on our Facebook! Treat yourself or you could give these fantastic artworks to a loved one.
Arts World Pick of the Week
Loss & Inheritance Exhibition & Workshop

All are welcome to join MA Art & Design students in a collaborative crafting workshop celebrating skills-sharing across generations. Part of an exciting new exhibition by the students exploring age and perception.
Photo of the "Month"!
Art Bazaar 2016
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