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ArtsGroupie is a Liverpool based community interest company that is promoting and providing access to the arts in the North West and beyond. We achieve this through developing our own touring theatre and music productions, and by facilitating educational workshops for both adults and children in creative writing and spoken word. Ethically, our productions are created in collaboration with local artists to champion North West talent. We then take theatre and writing showcases to overlooked areas where access to the arts is limited. This has previously included Liverpool’s most deprived areas and rural areas nationally.
Our workshopping and educational opportunities for the community have previously been taken to schools and community hubs in Liverpool. As an organisation we have a particular interest in producing and promoting work that champions women, older people and the LGBTQA+ community, and our work promotes positive attitudes towards these groups.
The reason we have undertaken this work is to achieve the following aims:
• To through the arts celebrate older people, promote local history, promote the stories of historical women and the LGBTQA+ community and bring theatre to areas where theatre is inaccessible.
• To develop creative writing skills in the community to help improve health and wellbeing.
• To reduce social isolation and anxiety by creating a safe space to explore feelings through the medium of writing.
• To create a tool box of skills to assist in coping with the day to day frustrations and allow a platform to express views through the written word.
• To curate exhibitions during attention to important social issues such as mental health, homelessness, etc.
• To reduce inequalities within neighbourhoods and improve quality of life and life chances within those communities.
In 2019, ArtsGroupie CIC secured funding from Arts Council England for the theatre production of “Kitty: Queen of the Washhouse”. The play retold the harrowing yet inspirational life of Catherine Wilkinson, a pioneer of public washhouses in the UK. The show sold out twice at St. George’s Hall, was toured around primary schools which included educational history workshops on Victorian life, and was taken on a rural tour to places with limited access to theatre. This project was completed in June 2019. and re-staged in March 2020 at St Georges Hall.