What is Get Creative?
Get Creative is a year-long campaign celebrating British arts, culture and creativity. It was launched on 19th February 2015 by the BBC in partnership with cultural movement What Next? as well as a huge range of arts, cultural and voluntary organisations (Get Creative Champions) across the UK.
The aim of the campaign is to shine a light on the millions of people already doing something artistic and creative every day and to encourage more people to take part and try something new.
How did it come about?
It came about as a result of the Warwick Commission on the Future of Cultural Value and is a collaboration between the BBC, What Next?, Voluntary Arts, Culture at King’s, 64 Million Artists, Fun Palaces, Cultural Alliance and the Arts Council England.
The campaign was launched nationally at Conway Hall in London on 19th February with simultaneous regional launches around the country coordinated by Voluntary Arts, What Next? and Fun Palaces. From a graffiti event in Cardiff and a demonstration of upcycling in Belfast to a huge ‘Paint by Numbers’ scene in Cumbria, the campaign opened with a day of activities across the UK offering the general public opportunities to ‘get creative’ as well as finding out more about local, inspiring activities in their area.
Get Creative Debates
The following week saw 25 Get Creative Debates take place all over the country, from Norwich to Cardiff, Manchester to Belfast. Curated by What Next? Chapters and other cultural organisations such as the Cultural Learning Alliance, Curious Minds and the Liverpool Playhouse, the overarching provocation was to examine the value and importance of arts and culture in our society. Each debate interpreted this with their own focus – from discussing ‘cultural education in a rural landscape’ in Cumbria to ‘what makes a city of culture’ in Hull. Conversations happened physically and digitally, including a Twitter debate coordinated by Welsh National Opera and a Google Hangout across three continents. BBC Four broadcast a special Arts Question Time hosted by Kirsty Wark and BBC Radio 4’s Front Row led a conversation about whether artists are owed a living from the state. Read more about the story of the debates here.
Website & Online
The Get Creative website launched on the same day as the campaign. People can find out about Get Creative events in their region via the website as well as accessing a variety of ideas and opportunities to get the nation inspired to do something creative. There are online master classes drawn from the BBC’s programmes from how to write a song and how to sew a cushion to how to draw a face as well as links to events and stories across the country run by Get Creative Champions.
Social media has been very busy - the hashtag #bbcgetcreative trended on Twitter during the launch and there are close to 4,000 followers on Twitter already. Many people are uploading examples of their everyday creativity on social media using the hashtag with lots of great stories emerging about people’s hidden creative talents.
Get Creative Champions
Any organisation can sign up to be a Champion and be listed by geographical region on the Get Creative Champions page. All you need is a website and a commitment to organise at least one Get Creative event or activity throughout the campaign year, which should be in the engaging and participatory spirit of Get Creative. Once organisations have signed up as Champions, they have the opportunity of emailing in their best stories and events to firstname.lastname@example.org who may feature them on the website.
Programming from BBC & Get Creative Champions
The BBC is supporting Get Creative with programming highlights including guest-edited Artsnight on BBC Two, Artists Question Time on BBC Four, BBC Radio 2’s 500 Words, BBC Radio 5 Live’s Well Done U competition; BBC Radio 4’s Opening Lines, BBC Radio 4’s Young Writers Award and BBC Radio 6’s Art is Everywhere, BBC Introducing and WritersRoom. BBC Radio 3’s Proms Poetry Competition 2015, in association with the Poetry Society, challenges aspiring poets to write a poem inspired by the Proms. BBC Radio 6 Music will also have Spoken Word Sessions around National Poetry Day.
Hundreds of organisations have signed up as Get Creative Champions. Participating organisations and programmes include:
- 64 Million Artists is a campaign to unlock the creativity of everyone in Britain. Using a simple, fun and free process: Do, Think and Share – people are being encouraged to sign up for a regular Friday challenge at www.64millionartists.com
- The Space is working with the BBC to launch new digital opportunities for people to create and share their art online and to develop ground-breaking, digital culture firsts. Visit www.thespace.org for more.
- The Cultural Learning Alliance will be asking young people and the professionals who work with them to share their creativity and their ideas with the BBC Get Creative Campaign. www.culturallearningalliance.org.uk
- Voluntary Arts Week is an annual celebration of cultural creativity across the UK & Republic of Ireland. Voluntary Arts Week 2015 will take place from 15 – 24 May and there are lots of ways to get involved and showcase your creative activity – see: voluntaryartsweek.org
- Fun Palaces is a campaign to support local people to create grassroots community events; it takes place over the first weekend of October each year. There were 130 UK-wide events last October, registration for Fun Palaces 2015 is now open - www.funpalaces.co.uk
- Museums at Night is the UK’s annual after-hours festival of arts, culture and heritage, when hundreds of museums, galleries, libraries, archives and heritage sites open their doors for special evening events. The festival runs from 13-16 May and 30-31 October 2015 (www.museumsatnight.org.uk)
- The Campaign for Drawing aims to get the whole nation drawing. Its annual Big Draw festival runs from 1-31 October and has something for all ages. Over 1500 events in museums, galleries, libraries, schools, parks and community centres will offer mainly free events for those that love to draw, and those who think they can't. Find your nearest event from 1 July at www.thebigdraw.org
- The Family Arts Festival (9 October - 1 November): A UK-wide arts performing and visual arts festival with thousands of events for over 16s and under 16s to enjoy together. www.familyarts.co.uk/family-arts-festival/
- Into Film – UK wide opportunities for teachers and 5-19 year olds. Make short films and discover a catalogue of over 4000 DVD itles including a 'Get Creative' selection, free to schools who register: www.intofilm.org/getcreative