Past Projects

Square Chapel’s outreach programme has been running for over 11 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 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.

For details and dates, click on the Community link on the right hand side.

Write to Record: Intro to Coda 2010 - 2012

This music-making project for young people aged 13 – 18 yrs was funded with a two-year grant from the Youth Music Open Programme.  Offering regular workshops in musicianship, song-writing, collaboration, performance and recording, over 70 young people took part.  The project offered a fantastic progression route – taking participants from their very first chords through to composing and performing their own work.  Outreach sessions were also delivered with local youth and community groups, expanding the reach and scope of the project and increasing music-making opportunities for young people in Calderdale. 

Participants performed at a number of gigs and public events and also made recordings of their work.  This popular and successul project  will now continue and develop thanks to a three year grant from The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation.

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.



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