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Member of the Month: Gareth Roberts

Member of the Month: Gareth Roberts

Each month, Nikki Wilson interviews an Ignite Member, asking five simple questions, to find out what creativity means to them, and how they see culture and creativity, and its potential, in Chelmsford. This month Nikki talks to Gareth Roberts. How would you describe...

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Sade Fadipe: Snowy Joy, a Tale of Refuge

Sade Fadipe: Snowy Joy, a Tale of Refuge

‘Throwing, rolling and playing games in the snow has always been on Adanah's wishlist of things to do before she turns ten. It just never snows where she lives! So when she gets whizzed away for her first snow-holiday, she is truly thrilled! But a storm soon strikes,...

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Member of the Month – Paul Richard

Member of the Month – Paul Richard

Each month, Nikki Wilson interviews an Ignite Member, asking five simple questions, to find out what creativity means to them, and how they see culture and creativity, and its potential, in Chelmsford. This month Nikki talks to Paul Richard. How would you describe...

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Navigate – The Paper Birds

Navigate – The Paper Birds

Jemma McDonnell vlogs about the exciting new The Paper Birds project, Navigate. Navigate is a new digital package of short films and resources exploring a diverse range of careers and routes into the creative industries. Suitable for a careers programme in schools and...

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National Saturday Club – Talking & Writing

National Saturday Club – Talking & Writing

Standing in the midst of the National Saturday Club’s Summer Show launch at Somerset House last July - an event literally buzzing with creativity and passion, and most importantly young people from across the UK - sealed it for me. There was no way that Essex Book...

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Member of the Month: Jessica Bailey

Member of the Month: Jessica Bailey

Each month, Nikki Wilson interviews an Ignite Member, asking five simple questions, to find out what creativity means to them, and how they see culture and creativity, and its potential, in Chelmsford. This month Nikki talks to Jessica Bailey. How would you describe...

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Member of the Month: Amie Wigginton

Member of the Month: Amie Wigginton

How would you describe what you do? I started Parlour as a lockdown takeaway service serving traditional Indian dishes in Chelmsford whilst on furlough from my full time job in the music industry, wanting to bring a more authentic Indian taste and more of my heritage...

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Where is Home?

Where is Home?

Home is where the heart is. Home can be interpreted in many different ways by each individual. Home can be the smell of your favorite food. Home can be your favorite memory of a childhood experience. Home can be an object that connects you back to your roots. I grew...

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Christmas Creativity: Learning to Make My Own Magic

Christmas Creativity: Learning to Make My Own Magic

When I was younger, Christmas was an exciting time. There would be presents, mountains of food, TV specials and games. But Christmas isn’t my favourite holiday nor is it a time that I relish. When I was a kid, of course I loved those aspects I just described but I...

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I wonder

I wonder

I am proud to work as Senior Curatorial & Learning Officer at Chelmsford Museum, with an amazing team who share my passion to connect people with culture and heritage through our museum collections. I love how a single object can hold multiple stories, revealed...

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Member of the Month: Becky Wasteney

Member of the Month: Becky Wasteney

Each month, Nikki Wilson interviews an Ignite Member, asking five simple questions, to find out what creativity means to them, and how they see culture and creativity, and its potential, in Chelmsford. This month Nikki talks to Becky Wasteney. How would you describe...

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Challenging Creativity in Chelmsford

Challenging Creativity in Chelmsford

Creativity deserves to be challenged. In a world where we often perceive everything in black and white terms, creativity offers an exciting opportunity to challenge its purpose. To most people, creativity means to create tangible outcomes, such as artwork, a book or...

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Remembering Essex Witches

Remembering Essex Witches

Witches are a common sight this time of year, casting spells with a cackle in spooky Halloween displays. But these seasonal cartoon hags are a far cry from the real ‘witches’ of Essex who form part of a much darker history in our county. During the 16th and 17th...

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Member of the Month: Chester Tribley

Member of the Month: Chester Tribley

Each month, Nikki Wilson interviews an Ignite Member, asking five simple questions, to find out what creativity means to them, and how they see culture and creativity, and its potential, in Chelmsford. This month Nikki talks to Chester Tribley. How would you describe...

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Lynne Foster – Stepping down as Ignite Chair

Lynne Foster – Stepping down as Ignite Chair

It is with sadness and satisfaction that I am leaving my post as chair of Ignite.    When I joined about 18 months ago, I was determined to find an ‘Arts Building for Chelmsford’ (ABC get it?) and thought Shire Hall might be it - however, upon actually looking round...

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Chelmsford Museum launch call for creative practitioners

Chelmsford Museum launch call for creative practitioners

Calling all storytellers, artists, craft practitioners, reenactors - your local museum is looking for you! Chelmsford Museum is growing its events and outreach offer, and we're looking for creative people to be a part of our journey. Chelmsford Museum sits at the...

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Member of the Month: Ola Aminu

Member of the Month: Ola Aminu

Each month, Nikki Wilson interviews an Ignite Member, asking five simple questions, to find out what creativity means to them, and how they see culture and creativity, and its potential, in Chelmsford. This month Nikki talks to Ola Aminu. How would you describe what...

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Tipping Point

Tipping Point

 "The only true voyage of discovery… would be not to visit strange lands but to possess other eyes.” (Proust, The Captive, 1923) Marcel Proust's words resonate not only in the realm of art but also in our profound connection with nature and the Earth. Amidst the...

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Spread Art Gallery

Spread Art Gallery

Have you ever seen that episode of Miranda where her mother can't say certain, shall we say, risqué words out loud and just mouths them silently, often picking the wrong words to censor? Well, the latest art exhibition here at Spread – a brand design studio come art...

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Working for Chelmsford Community Radio

Working for Chelmsford Community Radio

My name is Michelle and I’m a Radio Anorak. I’m also the Community Outreach and Fundraising Support Officer for Chelmsford Community Radio CIC. We’re a not-for profit organisation that broadcasts to the whole of Chelmsford on 104.4FM, we’re also streaming online and...

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Exhibiting in the Artist Studios at the Meadows

Exhibiting in the Artist Studios at the Meadows

I’m very excited to be one of the artists exhibiting & working at the Artist Studios at the Meadows (unit 32) for 7 weeks. A bit about my creative background - way back in the 1980’s, having an Art A level, I completed an Art Foundation Course at Thurrock Tech....

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Bringing creative activism to Chelmsford

Bringing creative activism to Chelmsford

I’ve always been a creative person, and I feel silly saying that, because it implies there are people who aren’t creative, and I don’t believe that. We’re all born creative. And when I say creative, I don’t mean artistic. As defined by the dictionary, creativity means...

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Member of the Month: Indigo Sapphire Moon

Member of the Month: Indigo Sapphire Moon

Each month, Nikki Wilson interviews an Ignite Member, asking five simple questions, to find out what creativity means to them, and how they see culture and creativity, and its potential, in Chelmsford. This month Nikki talks to Indigo Sapphire Moon. How would you...

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Why all children need access to music and nature

Why all children need access to music and nature

Take a deep breath, exhaling out of your mouth to create an ocean-like sound. Now place a hand on your heart, feel and listen to that constant rhythmic pulse from inside your very being. Now take a moment to become aware of all the sounds happening all around you....

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Not Such Stuff

Not Such Stuff

Hello people of Ignite and the further cultural community of Chelmsford. I have lived in our city for most of my years and having been born in Wales from purely Irish stock (sadly no Scots that I'm aware of) I do feel truly British. My passion is live theatre and...

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Member of the Month: Sarah Hammond

Member of the Month: Sarah Hammond

Each month, Nikki Wilson interviews an Ignite Member, asking five simple questions, to find out what creativity means to them, and how they see culture and creativity, and its potential, in Chelmsford. This month Nikki talks to Sarah Hammond. How would you describe...

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Member of the Month: Sade Fadipe

Member of the Month: Sade Fadipe

Each month, Nikki Wilson interviews an Ignite Member, asking five simple questions, to find out what creativity means to them, and how they see culture and creativity, and its potential, in Chelmsford. This month Nikki talks to Sade Fadipe. How would you describe what...

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A new Cultural Strategy for Chelmsford

A new Cultural Strategy for Chelmsford

As Cultural Services Manager at Chelmsford City Council, I am very excited to say that yesterday, our friends at Culture Chelmsford, launched a new, district wide, Cultural Strategy for Chelmsford. Over recent months they have expertly led us and partners through a...

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Why we should be taking creativity more seriously

Why we should be taking creativity more seriously

What is STEAM? No, not the gaming platform or the gaseous phase of water, but the acronym STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics. Even though I use this phrase several times daily, I think it’s confusing to many people, who, when considering...

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Culture Chelmsford: Fundraising & Engagement Manager

Culture Chelmsford: Fundraising & Engagement Manager

Image: Spark! Drummers from World Beaters Are you passionate about making a difference to the cultural ambitions of Chelmsford and love getting things done? This is an exciting opportunity to make your mark on the future of the district as it prepares to launch its...

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LCEP: Introducing our first Incubator cohort

LCEP: Introducing our first Incubator cohort

The LCEP Incubator   Earlier this year, we invited creative practitioners and organisations to express an interest for our incubator programme. The incubator is a key part of the LCEP’s investment in developing new creative ideas that prioritise opportunities for...

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Job Opportunity: Cultural Membership & Secretariat Officer

Job Opportunity: Cultural Membership & Secretariat Officer

Do you believe in the power of arts, culture, and heritage to stimulate the economy, improve health and wellbeing, better connect our communities, and put Chelmsford on the map? Would you like an exciting role that puts you at the epicentre of three partners all striving for a culturally ambitious Chelmsford?

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Chelmsford Theatre calls for creative practitioners

Chelmsford Theatre calls for creative practitioners

Chelmsford Theatre is based in the West End of the city of Chelmsford in Essex. Whilst our front of house areas are currently getting a makeover, we’ve also been busy behind the scenes at reflecting on what it is that we do. We are delighted to announce that we will be launching an outreach programme for the first time.

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How else will we know what teachers are thinking?  

How else will we know what teachers are thinking?  

As a community of creative individuals, we all know the value of the arts for children and young people, whether it’s about well-being and mental health, building character, or learning about what it means to be human. Schools, in this case, play a huge part on how...

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Return of the Fringe

Return of the Fringe

Back in November 2021, a packed day of events featuring tech, theatre, music, film, dance, circus and poetry took place in a range of venues across Chelmsford in what was the pilot for a Chelmsford Fringe Festival (CFF). It was a great opportunity to test the city’s appetite for a Fringe Festival and support the case for a larger event in future.

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MENCAP Art Exhibit

MENCAP Art Exhibit

Today I had the great opportunity to go down to High Chelmer and have a look at the amazing artwork done by the students at MENCAP. There is a wonderful variety of art in multiple different mediums done by 50 students, all aged between 18 and 68 for you to enjoy. The...

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Why Ignite is important to me

Why Ignite is important to me

Hi, my name is Shope Fashade and for the next two weeks I will be joining the Ignite Chelmsford team! I am a 21-year-old Modern History student at the University of East Anglia and have lived in Chelmsford all my life. Before I start my last year of university I have...

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JOB OPPORTUNITY: Events and Outreach Manager, Chelmsford City Council

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Events and Outreach Manager, Chelmsford City Council

This new role will sit at the heart of Chelmsford Theatres and Events ensuring we have a holistic, coordinated and forward-thinking approach to our activities as we emerge from the transformational refurbishment and relaunch later this year and ensure our audiences, residents and community are central to our future planning.

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Progress Report… CENTRE:STAGE Ideas Lab

Progress Report… CENTRE:STAGE Ideas Lab

At the start of December the Ignite Chelmsford Cultural Partnership, Chelmsford City Council and Culture Chelmsford hosted its first creative ideas lab with funding from the European Union Welcome Back Fund. Hosted at Art Place pop-up (the old Top Shop space)...

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Have Your Say About a New Creative Space for Chelmsford

Have Your Say About a New Creative Space for Chelmsford

As you might know, Ignite Chelmsford has been working for a while on plans to develop a new creative space in the city – a place where creatives and other people from across the city can work, rest and play, collaborate, share and create. We’re now at the point where...

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Water, Art and the City – An Ongoing Conversation

Water, Art and the City – An Ongoing Conversation

Our summer takeover of an empty unit in the Meadows was a great success. We brought together the Chelmsford Creative Collective and the Council’s Waterways working group to come up with ideas for improving the concrete canalised sections of the river in the City...

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2021 Keep It 100 Youth Award Winners Announced

2021 Keep It 100 Youth Award Winners Announced

Held at the HotBox music venue, the event was launched to secure a legacy to the city’s recent Knife Angel visit and to recognise the incredible creative talent and positive youth culture of young people in Essex…

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Water, Art and The City

Water, Art and The City

A week-long programme of events has been planned to spark creative conversations about further enhancing Chelmsford’s waterways….

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Celebrating Essex 2020

Celebrating Essex 2020

With over 500 events, competitions, exhibitions and recordings, it has been a brilliant year of science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics (STEAM) right across Essex. As Essex 2020 -Year of Science & Creativity draws to a close, plans are actively underway to build on this legacy in 2021.

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Saying Goodbye to Chelmsford Creatives

Saying Goodbye to Chelmsford Creatives

Chelmsford Creatives has provided skills development for everyone involved, broadening horizons through unique professional and personal experiences – they have truly accomplished something great…

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Let’s Talk About Climate Change

Let’s Talk About Climate Change

A Manifesto For Essex is set up to give children and young people a platform to share ideas on protecting the environment and preventing the worst impacts of global warming…

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Resonance: Wilding Chelmsford

Resonance: Wilding Chelmsford

Arts collective, Resonance, launches ‘Wilding Chelmsford’ – a collaborative sound and visual installation to provoke thinking about Chelmsford and what it could become…

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The Great Connect

The Great Connect

Inspired by quantum physics Black Chapel (Steve Mortimer) set out to questions about our relationships to ourselves, each other, nature and the planet through a multi-media performance Connect…

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Data and Me

Data and Me

Whilst data itself may seem monotonous and boring, presenting data holds lots of creative potential…

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Learning From Home: The Basics

Learning From Home: The Basics

Welcome to the Chelmsford Creatives blog! We will be showcasing creative projects produced by local young people, sharing how we are keeping ourselves busy during social distancing…

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Meet Helena of All Trades

Meet Helena of All Trades

Sunburst grew from a desire to reach a new audience that aren’t necessarily aware of the work we do at City of Chelmsford Mencap…

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Ready, Steady, HOOK!

Ready, Steady, HOOK!

I have long been asked if I can teach people to crochet, as, despite it’s past reputation as an ‘old person’s hobby’ it had a revival in recent years…

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Project in the Paint Takes Chelmsford by Storm

Project in the Paint Takes Chelmsford by Storm

Project in the Paint Takes Chelmsford by Storm It was recently bought to our attention that local resident Gareth Roberts was collaborating with Chelmsford City Council Parks’ team on an initiative called ‘Project in the Paint’ to spruce up a Basket Ball Court on Chelmer Village Green.

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The Happy Piano

The Happy Piano

Hopefully by now if you’re a resident of Chelmsford, you have seen and maybe heard the tinkling of the ivories of the community piano in the Meadows Shopping Centre in the middle of the city…

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DIY Subcultures

DIY Subcultures

Ignite Chelmsford each month takes over spaces in the most unexpected places, in the true DIY subculture way this month Hotbox skate shop hosted the meet up…

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The Mothership sails into Chelmsford

The Mothership sails into Chelmsford

THE MOTHERSHIP PROJECT was devised by Essex Book Festival and UK/Chinese charity The Mothers’ Bridge of Love: Culture for Children, to build new friendships between children living in Essex and China…

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Air your Dirty Laundry

Air your Dirty Laundry

My name is Carmel Green. I am a local Chelmsford artist and, like so many other local free-thinking creatives, I want to create positive change in the world…

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Getting to know Lynn Excell

Getting to know Lynn Excell

I’m Lynn Excell and I do a multitude of things! I’m a visual artist, but I also write, take photos, crochet and embroider and I’m always looking for new things to stimulate my imagination…

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GUEST BLOG: Sunburst Festival to Shine Light on City Centre

GUEST BLOG: Sunburst Festival to Shine Light on City Centre

Sunburst Festival is, at its very heart, a celebration of community. The Festival presents us at City of Chelmsford Mencap with the unique opportunity to work in the core of retail business in Chelmsford, and to bring something unexpected and different to our city…

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Ignite Chelmsford Lights a Spark

Ignite Chelmsford Lights a Spark

On Wednesday 9th May, the Cramphorn Studio played host to over 80 creative minds celebrating the launch of Ignite Chelmsford, the city’s new cultural form. Opening the meet-up was new Front of House manager at Chelmsford Theatres, Amy Worsdale, who introduced the local brewery team now supplying the theatres’ bar with their unique products…

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