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The Spark receives Arts Council England Strategic Touring funding

The Spark receives Arts Council England Strategic Touring funding

Posted: Thu, 17 Mar 2016 10:40

The Spark is delighted to announce Among Ideal Friends has been awarded Arts Council England Strategic Touring funding.Among Ideal Friends is a new theatre touring consortium developed by The Spark Arts for Children in partnership with Libraries in the East Midlands. The Spark will be touring theatre performances and workshops to Libraries in Leicester City, Leicestershire County in partnership with Rutland, Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire County. Inspired by books and stories for children 5-11 years, the tour will give families and schools new opportunities to take part in arts and culture at venues on their doorstep. Read More »

Tags: Among Ideal Friends, Arts Council England, Spark Arts for Children

Storychair takes root at St Barnabas Library

Storychair takes root at St Barnabas Library

Posted: Sat, 30 Jan 2016 14:30

Mister Tootles Storychair was officially unveiled at St Barnabas Library on Saturday 30th January 2016.

Children are invited to climb into the magical tree and enter a secret, underground world. Once inside they can interact with sliding doors, pegs and boxes to reveal miniature worlds and release stories from the trees roots.

Mister Tootles Storychair is part of Imaginative Spaces, a project by The Spark Arts for Children working closely with Leicester Library Services, supported using public funding by Arts Council England.Click Here to find out more about the Storychair. Read More »

Tags: Imaginative Spaces, Leicester Libraries, Spark Arts for Children, St Barnabas Library, Storychair

Spark Festival 2016 Guest Director

Spark Festival 2016 Guest Director

Posted: Mon, 29 Jun 2015 09:28

The Spark Arts for Children is delighted to announce the appointment of Tony Reekie as Guest Director of the 2016 Spark Festival.

Tony has worked in the performing arts sector for twenty five years and for the past twenty three has dedicated himself to the development of performing arts for children and young people in Scotland, with an aim to ensuring that every child has access to the highest possible quality work on a regular basis. Read More »

Tags: 2016 Spark Festival

A WILD way to launch the brochure!

A WILD way to launch the brochure!

Posted: Fri, 10 Apr 2015 14:59

Many thanks to everyone who came to visit us and the Wild Things at the Highcross last week, we had a rumpus of a time! We loved meeting new and familiar faces, painting faces, and introducing you to Bamboozle's wild furry faces!

We handed out hundreds of brochures, so we look forward to seeing you all at the festival this Summer! Read More »

Tags: Bamboozle Theatre Company, Spark Festival, launch

Our Super Spark Heroes!

Our Super Spark Heroes!

Posted: Fri, 10 Apr 2015 14:17

The fantastic folk at Mellor Primary School dressed up as their favourite heroes for this year's 'Hero Day' and raised a whopping £370! We took a trip down to see them in their costumes, it was quite super!

You truly are our heroes - thank you! Read More »

Tags: Funding, Mellor Primary School, Schools, Spark Arts for Children, Spark Festival, fundraising

A £5 donation could help us unlock £20,000

A £5 donation could help us unlock £20,000

Posted: Wed, 25 Mar 2015 15:31

We have a great opportunity to do more of what we do best - but we need your help. Arts Council England has offered us a matching opportunity so that every £1.50 you donate is matched by £1. BUT time is running out – this offer from the Arts Council runs out in April. Please help us to unlock for than £20,000 of match funding by donating today. Read More »

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

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

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: Funding, Schools, Spark Arts for Children, fundraising

Generation ART - Call for submissions!

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

Spark launches Rocket Club for supporters

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, Arts, Fundraising, Half Marathon, Rocket Club, Schools, Spark Arts For Children, Supporters

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

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

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