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Farewell from Artslink Coordinators Baz & Peppy

Behind the scenes of this website and Artslink's live activities have been the Artslink Coordinators Baz Chapman and Peppy Hills. Working with all 14 Virtual Schools in the region, we've been building a programme which helps all care experienced children & young people in the West Midlands to access great arts opportunities.

To date well over 1,000 young people and carers have taken part in Artslink activities, our online gallery has over 100 artworks created by care experienced young people in the region, and this Connect and Create site has had over 23,000 page views.

After 3 years, it's time for us to move on, and there will be a new coordinator (or coordinators) taking over in October 2021.

We'd like to say a massive thank you to everyone who's been involved with the programme, and know that Artslink will continue to grow and thrive.

See ya!

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Baz's & Peppy's Connect and Create picks

We've had the best time finding and commissioning activities to keep you occupied and developing your artistic skills throughout the pandemic. Here are a few of our favourites, which we thought you might like to revisit, or visit for the first time....

1. Artslink's Awesome Arts Festival

Peppy says:

Artslink's Awesome Arts Festival is one of the best collections of artist's work and related activities. So much fun and interesting information to be discovered! My favourite tent is the Street Theatre one, which features the brilliant work of Larkin About and Curious Cargo. Come on... speeding grannies, winter sprites, luminous lollipop ladies and lost luggage porters - who could want more?!!


2. Making music

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Baz says:

I have a musical background, and I've really enjoyed the music sessions in our Tabletop Challenges section from Mason Le Long (Making Beats) and Music With Dan, where they teach you the basics and get you creating music using nothing more than your own phone!

3. Healthy Body, Healthy Mind

Peppy says:

Healthy Body Healthy Mind has a fantastic range of dance and physical theatre links and great artist top tips for healthy snacks and ways to keep fit (or fitter than sitting on the sofa in my case!!). I particularly like the

Integrated Dance feature which shares the brilliant breadth of dance work amongst dancers with and without disabilities. 


4. Animation Challenge


Baz says:

Sophie Burrows is an awesome animator, and I love her entertaining and easy-to-follow animation challenge. It's suitable for different ages, and really opens the door to doing more animation.

5. Connect and Create Gallery

Peppy says:

Connect & Create Gallery is a place I keep returning to. I enjoy the mixture of artists' work from young artists starting out to pieces by established professional artists. Seeing care experienced children, young people and carers create their own art works whether it is drawings, poems, raps, photography etc... is a major highlight for me. Keep creating! 


6. Outdoor art


Baz says:

I'm a big fan of the outdoors, and have found it particularly valuable to get out into during lockdown. So outdoor art brings two of my favourite things together!


Check out our Land Art feature, Adrian's photographing nature challenge, and even Nathan's wellbeing activities done in an outdoor space.


Young People: please make sure you stay physically safe when doing any of the activities, and check with an

adult before starting, as Artslink can't accept liability for any damage to yourself or property!

Young People and key adults: please be aware of the importance of e-safety.

We strongly recommend the Thinkuknow e-safety website.