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Weʼre raising £1,000 to help fund Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair's outreach work, providing craft packs & workshops to disadvantaged people in Gorton.
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For the past 2 years, Great Northern Events, the not for profit organisation that delivers the award-winning Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair, has carried out outreach work providing free craft workshops for the people who use The Oasis Centre, a community charity in Gorton East Manchester. Gorton is one of the most disadvantaged places in the UK and Oasis is a lifeline for families on benefits, longterm unemployed, asylum seekers & refugees, ex offenders, the homeless and people struggling with addiction and mental health issues. The Centre provides hot meals, educational and leisure activities, advice and friendship to help people rebuild their lives and develop stability, integration, life-skills and aspirations.
Through our workshops these people learn new skills and make things they are proud of. They've made leather purses, willow weaved bird feeders, sewn and embroidered dolls, created pewter pictures, screen-printed cards and made lots of pots of all shapes and sizes - they really love pottery!
In 2019 we secured funding for an Artist in Residence to work more deeply with the Oasis community. This residency culminated in a group design for a permanent piece of artwork. The next stage was to fabricate this design and install it in the garden of their new building which they planned to move into at Easter 2020.
Sadly Covid-19 derailed these plans. Oasis had to close its doors. Instead of people coming to Oasis, Oasis went to them. And we commissioned makers to create craft packs to be delivered with their food parcels.
Your donations will help us continue this work and when circumstances allow, revive our normal workshops...and help us realise their installation for their garden - a beautiful colourful sculpture symbolic of what Oasis means to their community. What a grand unveiling that will be! We look forward to that day with great hope. Thank-you.
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Ann-Marie Franey on behalf of Great Northern Events & Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair
Great Northern Events is the not for profit organisation behind the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair in the North of England. They also deliver outreach work in the form of craft workshops to disadvantaged communities in East Manchester.