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22 days to raise £2,000 to help 90 young lives.

Posted: Wed, 25 Mar 2015 11:42

The Spark Festival 2015 will see the launch of the new and exciting 'Young People's Jazz Club' - the first of its kind in the UK. Having already raised 89% of their funding, the Spark are appealing to you to help them raise the final £2000 through crowdfunding. Read More »

Tags: fundraising, Spark Arts for Children, Funding, Schools

Generation ART - Call for submissions!

Posted: Mon, 23 Mar 2015 11:12

Are you a young artist in England? Aged 4-18? Don't miss this fantastic chance for your work to be shown alongside established artists in an exhibition that will tour to major galleries!

Generation ART: Young Artists on Tour is a new exhibition that will begin at Turner Contemporary, Margate this June, before touring to New Walk Museum and Art Gallery and Soft Touch Arts in Leicester, and Quay Arts on the Isle of Wight in 2015-16. Read More »

Tags: Spark Arts for Children, Generation ART, Submissions, Competition, Visual Arts, Tour

Spark launches Rocket Club for supporters

Posted: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 10:00

The Spark Arts for Children is delighted to launch The Rocket Club, a brand new supporters scheme that will enable the organisation to continue its work with those children in Leicester with limited access to arts and cultural activities and experiences. The charity is delighted that Leicestershire businessman Rick Moore has signed up to be the charity's first official supporter, and are now urging all people who love the Spark to support them for as little as £5 a month. Read More »

Tags: 2015 Spark Festival, Spark Arts For Children, Fundraising, Supporters, Rocket Club, Arts, Schools, Half Marathon

I Believe in Unicorns tours to Southfields Library and The BRITE Centre, this December

Posted: Mon, 01 Dec 2014 09:40

The Spark Arts for Children is delighted to bring I Believe in Unicorns, by award-winning author Michael Morpurgo, to Leicester fresh from a successful run at London's Vaudeville Theatre. Part of the Imaginative Spaces project with Leicester Library Service, this is the first time The Spark has put on a Christmas show for young audiences. There will be two public shows at Southfields Library on 6 December at 2pm and The BRITE Centre on 13 December at 2pm. It will also play to a number of local primary schools during its' two-week run here. Read More »

Tags: Spark Arts For Children, Imaginative Spaces, Christmas Show, Libraries, I Believe In Unicorns, Danyah Miller, Michael Morpurgo, Children's Theatre Show, Schools

The Spark Arts for Children marks the thirteenth Spark Festival by running thirteen miles...

Posted: Wed, 03 Sep 2014 10:50

This year The Spark Arts for Children celebrates thirteen years of success with an altogether different kind of challenge. Team Spark will be running one mile for every festival, and will be taking on the Leicester Half Marathon on Sunday 26 October, 2014. Are you a keen runner who can loan your legs to make a difference to the lives of children here in Leicester? If so Team Spark needs your help. Read More »

Tags: Leicester Half Marathon, The Spark Arts For Children, Thirteen, 13, Fundraising, Donation, Team Spark #13, Leicester, Spark Festival

The Spark Arts for Children present free family fun as the End of the Pier Delights returns at Leicester’s City Festival

Posted: Mon, 04 Aug 2014 13:16

End of the Pier Delights returns to Orton Square this August, bringing good old fashioned family fun to the City Festival. With free performances, games, and a giant sandpit, families will be spoilt for choice by what's on offer on Friday 22 and Saturday 23 August. Read More »

Tags: City Festival 2014, Spark, Spark Festival, Spark Arts for Children, Play-ground, FREE activities, families, children, Leicester, Leicester City Festival, Orton Square

The Spark celebrates Diamond Pork Pie anniversary with Leicester libraries

Posted: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:47

Over the last few years there has been a lot to celebrate about Leicester's rich history and heritage, and now The Spark Arts for Children is looking for residents of Leicester to help bring some more local history to life. Read More »

Tags: Imaginative Spaces, Leicester Libraries, Pork Pie Library, Southfields Library, Leicester, History, Heritage, Spark Arts for Children, 75th anniversary, memories

Spark delighted to remain part of ACE portfolio

Posted: Wed, 02 Jul 2014 11:16

In response to the Arts Council England's portfolio funding announcement today, The Spark Arts for Children is delighted to announce that it will continue to be part of the Arts Council's portfolio for the next three years. The Spark became a national portfolio organisation when the programme started in 2012, and during this time has extended it's provision beyond the annual Spark Festival to delivering arts and education work for children and young people in Leicester all-year round. Read More »

Tags: Spark Festival, Npo Funding Announcement, 2015-18, Arts Council

The Spark Arts for Children to work in an exciting new arena with ambitious POP UP PLAY project

Posted: Tue, 13 May 2014 13:22

The Spark Arts for Children is delighted to announce an exciting new project, which it is running in partnership with De Montfort University and Digital Artist Luke Woodbury. They have been awarded £103,651 in funding from the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts to develop an innovative new project called Pop Up Play exploring how digital technology can be used to engage children in learning. Read More »

Tags: Spark Arts for Children, NESTA, DMU, Look Woodbury, Mellor Primary School, Digital Immersive Technology

Imaginative Spaces launch for World Book Day 2014

Posted: Mon, 03 Mar 2014 14:20

Leicester City Council's library service, Leicester Libraries and The Spark Arts for Children are launching the Imaginative Spaces project on World Book Day, Thursday 6 March, in both The Brite Centre and Southfields Library. Read More »

Tags: Leicester Libraries, 2014 Programme