Square Chapel’s outreach programme has been running for over 13 years and has delivered a broad range of projects and events with people of all ages and backgrounds. We have built up a strong reputation in the local community for delivering work that is high quality, achieves its aims and meets people’s needs. We are proud of our achievements – our main aim being to use the arts as a tool to promote social inclusion and to develop Square Chapel’s audiences to be more inclusive. Here are some of our past projects:
Square Circle 2003 - present
Square Circle is a long-running project – an arts and crafts social club for older people. With regular two and a half hour sessions, offering three different arts activities, held on Monday afternoons at Square Chapel, people have had the chance to try their hand at calligraphy, tapestry, ceramics, weaving, oil painting, printmaking and acrylic painting.
Square Circle has proved hugely popular and a great place for older people to try new skills and make new friends. The project has spawned numerous exhibitions and has also supported satellite projects out in the community.
Annapurna Schools Indian Dance Project 2012
As part of our Open Door schools outreach programme, we worked in partnership with Halifax-based Annapurna Indian Dance company to deliver a ten week project with three Calderdale primary schools. 93 Year 5 and 6 children from Abbey Park Primary, Christ Church CofE Sowerby Bridge and Field Lane Primary took part. The children worked with Shantha Rao and her team to learn a range of traditional Indian dances – including the tribal Stick Dance, the Hunter Dance and the beautiful Classical Dance. They also learned some traditional Indian stories and explored different aspects of Indian culture. The project culminated in a showcase for family and friends at Square Chapel on 11th July as part of the Halifax Festival – all the children performed alongside Annapurna – it was a fantastic achievement.
“The children certainly developed their performance skills. The girls performed their dance beautifully and it was fabulous to see the boys acting so confidently to tell their story. They learnt a lot about Indian culture, initially from Shantha in school and even more during the final performance.”
Sara Cooper, Year 6 Teacher, Field Lane Primary School.
“Thank you for involving us. It was a great experience for our children.”
Clare Cope, Head Teacher, Christ Church CofE Primary School, Sowerby Bridge.
Streetdance 2012 – present
Streetdance offers weekly classes for young people aged 11 – 18yrs at Square Chapel. It includes young people from across Calderdale and covers a variety of styles including break, popping, locking, b-boying, tutting and crump. The group have performed in showcase events at Halifax Theatre and Square Chapel and have performed curtain raisers for Rationale Hiphop and Calderdale College.
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