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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 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.

Please note, due to limited resource, there are currently no Scratch Nights planned and we are now fully committed with artistic residencies until March 2020. Unfortunately, we don’t have capacity to respond to unsolicited approaches or discuss proposals in person with artists/companies we are not already supporting. If you have a show ready to tour, please send details to programming@squarechapel.co.uk. If you’re inviting us to see your work, please give as much notice as possible, but note we are a small team so are unable to attend everything.

In the meantime, sign up here to be the first to know about talent development-related news and opportunities from Square Chapel and beyond.

Square Chapel is a proud member of the Venues North network which provides programming and talent development opportunities for artists and companies across the North of England. For more information, download Routes In – A guide to getting new work programmed in the North of England

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 in 2020.

This year-long exhibition of photographs and stories opened 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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