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Welcome to our first Local Arts Loan newsletter. 

We are delighted to share with you the ongoing success of Local Arts Loan and the ways this has helped ‘more arts.’ engage with the local community through the arts. 

‘more arts.’ are a passionate charity and whole-heartedly believe that the arts are an important part of society and help develop not only a sense of community but can be a powerful tool to complement health, education and general wellbeing.
To date the Local Arts Loan scheme has raised over £27,000 for Berkshire schools to help fund artist development for pupils by hiring school artwork to businesses.  This money has been spent in many different ways to encourage the arts and artist expression and given many children opportunities to express themselves in ways that are not always available within the national curriculum.
Silver Birch, St Crispin's School
On loan to Punter Southall, Wokingham

Into the Canopy, Maiden Erlegh School
On loan to Earley Town Council
Janet Barkat, Faculty leader for the Creative Arts, St Crispin’s School Wokingham.

“The ‘more arts.’ scheme to introduce art from schools into the local community has been a door of opportunity for our students to have their work exhibited in a corporate collection...There are also wider benefits as the small sum of finance generated by the artwork exhibited soon accumulates allowing creative reinvestment. At our school we have chosen to set up a fund that invests into the creative pursuits of our students across the school...We have invested in masterclasses to fast track talented musicians to a standard that will enable them to be involved in the whole school musical production orchestra.”

Late Afternoon Sunlight, Ranelagh School. 
On loan to Field Seymour Parkes, Reading
Gherkin, Ranelagh School, Bracknell.
On loan to GAM, London.
£11,000 has also been raised by Local Arts Loan for the Legacy Arts Fund which specifically reaches out to the most vulnerable and at risk young people in the community providing grants to encourage, nurture and develop life skills through the creative process.

For the last 5 years ‘more arts.’  has supported the Berkshire Adolescent Unit, Wokingham who provide care for children, young people and their families who are experiencing emotional, behavioral or mental health difficulties.  This project has involved funding a five week summer programme run by professional artist Karen Greville-Smith. During the workshops the young people are introduced to works by famous artists, learn new skills and techniques, explore their own ideas to create some fantastic, individual pieces of work and also work cooperatively to create a large group piece which is displayed within the Unit. The sessions offer the young people a wonderful opportunity for self-expression and skills development, contributing to their self-esteem.

Space, Luckley House School, Wokingham
On loan to Punter Southall, Wokingham
Summer, Waingels College, Woodley
On loan to Wokingham Borough Council
The ‘more arts,’ Legacy Arts Fund  also funded a great project run by Danielle Corbishley from Beautiful Creatures Theatre who worked with the Aspire Centre, Wokingham for young people who have been excluded from mainstream school. The project involved a group of 16 people working over 20 weeks to create a short, puppetry film from start to finish: designing and building the puppets, writing the story, performing with the puppets and filming and editing the performance, to produce a short video which can be seen on youtube.
Puppets from the Aspire project 2015
"Danielle has formed one-to-one relationships with some of the most troubled young people which is, perhaps, why there was a growing interest which blossomed into self-pride in the project.  The eventual outcome, a unique and charming video, has been worthwhile. The young people have had an experience that few others of their age have the opportunity to be exposed to, this ought to have a lasting effect ...I feel the Trustees have invested well.”  Nigel Griffiths  (former secretary to ‘more arts.’)
Finally we wish to thank the business communities in both Berkshire and London who are hiring paintings from us for their offices. It is wonderful to know that with every piece of artwork we place in an office, our local community is benefitting whether through the extra school funding,  the Legacy Art Fund or from the commitment of  ‘more arts,’ to improve wellbeing and community through artistic expression.

Poppy Field,  Ranelagh School, Bracknell.

On loan to Woodborough House Dental Practice, Pangbourne.
"We're delighted to be part of this fantastic project! Not only have we benefited from having such a vibrant and impactful painting in our practice, but it's great to know that we are giving something back and helping to nurture the talent of our young artists."

Dr Sarah Fitzharris, Owner of Woodborough House Dental Practice.
In our next newsletter we will be highlighting the new art available to hire from this summers GCSE and 'A' level shows and how the arts can be a complementary partner with health and mental illness.

Visit the Local Arts Loan website to view our complete collection of beautiful school artwork.

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