About & Current Projects

We are dedicated to delivering high quality community outreach programmes with and for people from the Calderdale area.

From 2015 – 2018, we have been and will be working in partnership with verd de gris Ltd and Orange Box Young People’s Centre on a project called Creative Communities, using the arts as a tool to bring about improvements in people’s lives.  This project works with schools, children, young and older people to reduce social isolation, improve community cohesion and increase skills, knowledge and quality of life for people in Calderdale. It is supported with funding from the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund.

We deliver a range of inclusive activities for older and young people, including arts and crafts workshops, a creative writing group, afternoon tea dances and drama classes.  It also delivers activities for young people in partnership with Orange Box, including a streetdance crew, arts activities, festivals and events.

Project partner, verd de gris, delivers innovative creative intergenerational programmes, working with older people and schools, to improve community cohesion.

Click on the video below to find out what we have achieved in 2015.

Our Music Sets Us Free

In 2016, verd de gris are delivering an exciting new project called Our Music Sets Us Free with different groups and communities in Calderdale. The groups include schools, members of the Roma communities, a Parkinson’s support group and people with dementia.  The theme running through the work will be the role music plays in our lives – how it inspires and connects us and makes us feel free.  The work will bring different generations and communities together, increasing knowledge, tolerance and understanding.
Workshops and projects will link to a series of celebrations and pubic events at Square Chapel and other community locations.

The first of these events took place at Square Chapel on 22nd June.  Young people from Sowerby Bridge High School and Burnley Road Academy joined together with talented musicians and dancers from Calderdale’s Roma communities in an uplifting, joyous, celebratory performance, packed with music, song and dance.  A full house comprising members of the public, schools and invited guests learned about Roma culture and heritage, with many joining the performers on stage at the end.

“Fantastic!”  “Moving” and “Amazing!” declared audience members.

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Still from Square Chapel event 22 June – photo by Fin Shields

In addition, 2016 will see the premiere of TAXI!, a film project made with local film-maker Geoff Brokate and taxi drivers in Calderdale. Watch this space!

Directors of verd de gris are Sharon Marsden and Jeff Turner. Follow them on Facebook for regular updates about their work or click here to visit their website

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Square Chapel’s outreach programme began in 2001 supported with a 5-year grant from the Single Regeneration Budget (SRB6) through Action Halifax. As it developed and changed it received additional support from Urban II, Arts Council, Big Lottery Fund, Esmee Fairbairn and a variety of smaller Trusts and Foundations. From 2011 – 2014 it was supported with a grant from the National Lottery’s Reaching Communities programme.  In 2015 Square Chapel was awarded continuation funding from Reaching Communities to launch Creative Communities in partnership with verd de gris and Orangebox.

 

For more information about Square Chapel’s outreach work, please look at our Current Projects or contact:

Michaela O’Sullivan: Education and Outreach  Manager: michaela@squarechapel.co.uk
Kane Rattray: Arts Outreach Officer: kane@squarechapel.co.uk
David McQuillan: Director: david@squarechapel.co.uk

Tel: 01422 353073.

 

For information about verd de gris: www.verddegris.org

For information about Orangebox: www.orangeboxhalifax.org

Square Chapel has been providing inclusive arts activities and opportunities for schools, children, young and older people for over 13 years.

Our current programme is a partnership project called Creative Communities, working with verd de gris Ltd and Orangebox young people’s centre. This project uses the arts as a tool to bring about improvements in the lives of children, young and older people in Calderdale, reducing social isolation, improving community cohesion and increasing skills, knowledge and quality of life. It is supported with a grant from the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund.

All the current workshops and activities at Square Chapel and Orangebox are listed in this section and places are limited – please contact us first to register.

Open Door offers schools a diverse programme with heavily subsidised tickets to shows. Workshops, projects and resource packs are also available.

Open Door works with nurseries, infant, primary and secondary schools and colleges; it can also support schools who are doing Arts Award.  The programme aims to increase access to the arts and improve skills, knowledge and life opportunities for children in Calderdale.

If your school is interested in taking part, or you would like more information about what we offer, please contact Michaela O’Sullivan, Education and Outreach Manager, on 01422 353073 or email michaela@squarechapel.co.uk

If you are a theatre company with a production suitable for children or young people, and you are able to bring it to our venue, we would also like to hear from you!

Current Projects


Performances

Square Circle Over 50’s Art Classes


Mon 09 Jan 1:30 pm

Weaving, painting and calligraphy are on offer with these fantastic arts workshops for people over 50.

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Creative Writing classes for Over 50’s


Tue 10 Jan 6:30 pm

Suitable for beginners and those with a bit of experience, this group welcomes anyone wanting to develop their writing skills in this fun, non-academic class.

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Digital Arts Workshops (Spring 2017)


Sat 14 Jan 10:00 am

Passionate about design? Want to try illustration or develop your graphic design and Photoshop skills? Then this is the perfect workshop for you!

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Youth Theatre 5-7yrs (Spring 2017)


Sat 14 Jan 10:00 am

Held in our auditorium with a fully sprung floor and full theatre lighting, these popular classes introduce children to the magic of professional theatre.

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SCART – Square Chapel Youth Art Group (Spring 2017)


Sat 14 Jan 10:00 am

Budding artists can develop their skills using a range of media and techniques, including collage, printmaking, textiles and much more!

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Youth Theatre 8-12yrs


Sat 14 Jan 11:00 am

Held in our auditorium with a fully sprung floor and full theatre lighting, these popular classes introduce children to the magic of professional theatre.

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Streetdance Crew (Spring 2017)


Mon 23 Jan 4:30 pm


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Write to Record Music Workshops


Mon 23 Jan 6:30 pm


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Afternoon Dance (Spring 2017)


Mon 30 Jan 1:30 pm

Join us in our wonderfully atmospheric auditorium for this monthly Afternoon Dance for the over 50's.

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