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Square Chapel has a long history of working with artists, communities and volunteers. Click on the links below to find out more and get involved.

 

Our Projects


The Gig Buddies Calderdale
 project is now in its third year. The project aims to promote social inclusion among people who have a learning disability.

The scheme aims to reduce the barriers faced by people with a learning disability in relation to accessing social activities. These have been identified as attending the theatre, cinema, live music and anything else that a person may wish to engage with in their leisure time.

Our scheme aims to match volunteers who will be referred to as ‘Gig Buddies’ with people who have a learning disability; our ‘Gig Goers’ based upon shared interests. Our aim is to create opportunities for people to meet and forge friendships based upon shared interests. Our idea is that we will match buddies with people and arrange introductions before supporting you to your first gig; whatever this may be. We would then leave you to meet once per month to meet up independently and make arrangements to attend other events.

We also organise group socials for people who are part of the project to meet even more people and socialise twice a month. We put out suggestions to the group and go with the majority.

The initiative is now funded by The Henry Smith Charity and Adult Health and Social Care and is being delivered in partnership with Square Chapel Arts Centre and the Brighton based charity Stay Up Late.

If you are interested in joining the scheme as a Gig Goer or a Volunteer, please contact gemma@squarechapel.co.uk or anna.parker@squarechapel.co.uk, call us at Square Chapel or drop in to see us here.

Useful links

Gig Buddies Calderdale FAQs

Gig Buddies: http://www.gigbuddies.org.uk/

Stay Up Late: http://stayuplate.org/gig-buddies-project/

Calderdale Council: https://www.calderdale.gov.uk/v2

We’re working in partnership with Mind The Gap, Europe’s largest learning disabled-led theatre company, to expand our work and support for people with learning disabilities. This includes more opportunities to become artists, project participants and to see shows, alongside making our venue a more welcoming, accessible and enjoyable place to visit.

   

Many Voices is a three year project that focuses on working with women and girls in Calderdale, and is being delivered in partnership by Square Chapel and Verd De Gris Arts. This places us in a great position to work with people from different backgrounds and age ranges across the district. And the focus on women on girls isn’t exclusionary, it simply stems from a recognised need that sometimes women and girls need specific spaces, support, encouragement and opportunities.

 “I see powerful, authentic women. I see grace and integrity and I see women who are true to themselves. I see a quiet power within us all, a sisterhood. When we sing it feels like nothing will touch us. I see women with much intelligence and creativity”. Participant working with Verd De Gris

Square Route is Square Chapel’s talent development programme, providing opportunities and support for artists, companies and creatives at various stages of their career, based in West Yorkshire and beyond. The programme is broken up into four strands: Connect, Present, Evolve and Create; with the aim to provide our creative community with the networks, platforms, residency and commissioning opportunities that are needed to grow a thriving cultural ecology for Halifax.

Over the last twelve months, we’ve been talking and listening to artists, companies and creatives from all over the country and internationally, at various stages of development, to find out what they really need from their arts centres. We’ve learnt a lot and we plan to learn more. So, we want to hear from you – whether you’re an artist, performer, writer, director, producer, audience member, educational institution, business, fellow arts organisation or simply someone with a passion for making things happen. To express your interest in becoming part of the network or supporting this initiative in any way, email alison@squarechapel.co.uk. Let’s begin the conversation.

Sign up here to join our SQ Route CONNECT network, for the latest news and opportunities for artists & creatives from Square Chapel Arts Centre and across the region, including socials, scratch nights, artist residencies, previews, commissions, casting calls and more…

Looking for a platform to test new work? Here’s the latest on Scratch Nights in the North of England

Venues North Edinburgh Fringe Guide 2018

Venues North is a network of venues from across the North of England who are committed to supporting artists to create new work. This guide contains details on all of the artists performing at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2018, that the Venues North Network have supported. You can download the guide Here.

Downloads:

Square Route: Talent Development at Square Chapel

Square Route Manifesto

Routes in – A guide to getting new work programmed in the North

From 2018 – 2020, we will be working with Debs Newbold as Square Chapel’s Associate Artist. We’re thrilled to be championing Debs at what feels like a critical step-change in her career – as an award-winning artist whose work has toured across the UK and internationally, Debs has built a loyal following for both her new work and bold re-imaginings of Shakespearean classics. Over 2019 and 2020 we will be working with Debs to develop and tour Outrageous Fortune: an ambitious collaboration with internationally renowned director/clowning expert John Wright, that reimagines the story of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, through the eyes of his mother, Gertrude. This is her most ambitious project to date, fusing original narrative with Shakespearean verse and a live drum score; and though her work is small-scale and minimalist in design, it is cinematic in content and storytelling style.

Outrageous Fortune will be touring the UK in Spring/Summer 2020. Find out more here.

Preparing food, and the ritual of coming together to eat, sits at the heart of almost every community, family and cultural tradition across the globe – it is where identities are created, experienced and shared, and where stories are passed from one person to another. Stories Are Edible is a community project bringing a range of people together to make food, listen to stories, take photographs and share these in a unique recipe book.  Oral Historian Irna Qureshi and Photographer Lizzie Coombes are currently working with our outreach team to collate this, with a view to launching the finished book later in 2019.

This year-long exhibition of photographs and stories opens in July at Square Chapel.  30 Stories showcases the people and groups who have helped shape Square Chapel (and have been shaped by Square Chapel!) over the past 30 years, including young people who have taken part in projects, and companies like Annapurna Dance Company, who have been working with us for over 25 years.

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