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October 2015

Funding for Chat Back! November 2015

Wyldwood Arts are delighted to receive news that The Merchant Venturers will be supporting the Chat Back project with Fair Furlong Primary school and Hartcliffe Nursing Home. 

The project will start in January 2016 and will offer 44 pupils from Fair Furlong and 15 residents from Hartcliffe Nursing Home the chance to meet on a weekly basis. Residents will be sharing their stories, helping to educate the pupils offering a 'living history' experience. Pupils in turn, will share iPad skills and help to introduce residents to games and applications.

The project will culminate in performances and an exhibition to celebrate the project.

The Grateful Society fund Wyldwood Arts for a second year. March 2016

Wyldwood Arts are delighted to receive a second year of funding from The Grateful Society. 

Rachel Adams, Co Founder and Producer said, 'Support from The Grateful Society is so important for Wyldwood Arts. It proves that they are willing to take a risk on small organisations like us and that they believe in the intergenerational work we are doing. It will have a huge impact on the work we can deliver and help us to reach more older people throughout 2016.'

Chat Back at Monica Wills House began in January 2015, facilitated by Rachel Adams, co founder of Wyldwood Arts. The first project with the residents and students from City of Bristol College was a dance piece. Choreographed by the group themselves, it was based on the memories and personal accounts of the residents. In total we had 6 residents and 5 students.

In this second year, meeting weekly since September, we have a core group of 8 residents have been regularly attending, with more dropping in and out as they wish. In total, we have seen around 20 residents and an age range of 21 to 91 years.

In January, we were invited to apply to Bristol Old Vic's Open Stage as part of their 250th Birthday celebrations.  Following the application process, we were asked to attend on Sunday 13th March to perform a 10 minute extract of our piece. Still in its development phase, it's specific to Bristol; devised from the stories and memories of the group. They share unique perspectives from different stages in their lives which has led them to live in the city they call home. 

The performers share their emotive journeys using music, movement and gestures. Each story is individual and yet reflects that we are all the same regardless of our age, background or place of birth. Each week we work together to develop more of the stories into a performance piece.

New Company Administrator + Marketing Assistant Role with Wyldwood. Nov 2017

News and updates...

Lydbrook Youth Theatre at the Wye River Festival

15 young people from Lydbrook Youth Theatre in the Forest of Dean, run by Wyldwood Arts, performed as part of the Wye Valley River Festival during the May Bank Holiday.

They performed a piece by Roald Dahl and sang pirate songs to welcome and celebrate the passing of the flags between Bishopswood and Lydbrook. They were joined by the Desperate Men, Lydbrook's world renowned Brass Band and the Uke Band, amongst others. 

The River Festival runs for 2 weeks every 2 years between Hereford and Chepstow, celebrating the beautiful Wye Valley Are of Outstanding Beauty.

For more information visit the AONB website.

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​​Chat Back South Wye - The Gossip Gazebo. March 2016

Chat Back in Hereford, supported by the Round Table, is working with several partners to produce an intergenerational storytelling project.

Partners include Herefordshire Housing Skate Park, Newton Farm Community Association,  Libraries Service, Charles Court Care Home, the Museums and Archives with the Museum on the Move and local primary schools.

For more information contact Rachel on rachel@wyldoodarts.co.uk

2016 update from Wyldwood Arts!

It's been a busy summer for Wyldwood Arts. We are delighted that the wonderful Jaz Pinckney (Circomedia, The World is Listening) joined us as an Assistant Producer for our projects in Bristol & North Somerset. Jaz has been with us since March and has done a wonderful job of running projects in Bristol & North Somerset.

We have been chosen as one of only three pilot projects through Bristol Ageing Better's Learning for Life Together programme - a year long programme that will explore how intergenerational work can reduce isolation and loneliness. We will be working in Bedminster and Hartcliffe with local partners and libraries, using our Chat Back model.

Earlier this year, we partnered Bristol City Council & Diverse City to produce Doing Things Differently in September - a week long event that celebrates and raises awareness of equality & diversity in the arts. The event was attended by over 4000 people and even trended on Twitter!

Our residents at Monica Wills House performed twice this year, not only on the Bristol Old Vic stage but also at St Monica Trust HQ - you can watch their beautiful performance here.

Thanks to Arts Council funding and Forest of Dean District Council support, we will uniting generations and communities through an intergenerational storytelling project in the Forest of Dean, called Our Secret Forest.  Collaborating with Arts in Rural Gloucestershire, Forest Youth Theatre, Artspace Cinderford and local artists to produce a touring production. We will be using ‘living history’ from local older residents as a stimulus for the show.  

We are very excited to be working with Bristol Old Vic's Made in Bristol group at Monica Wills House to create two short performances with residents later in 2016. The group have lifted spirits with their energy and enthusiasm. You can watch the current film on our gallery.

St Monica Trust has commissioned Wyldwood Arts to produce an intergenerational May Day festival at their Sandford Station community village - plans are underway... 

We are looking for an experienced Company Administrator + Marketing Assistant

to join us in 2018.

Do you believe in the ability of the arts to make a difference for social change?

Do you have boundless enthusiasm and an ability to inspire others?  

If so, we'd love to hear from you.

We've received funding from Children in Need for a new 3 year project in Herefordshire and are working on event commissions from St Monica Trust, plus two new intergenerational projects in the Forest of Dean. And we're part of the Wye Valley River Festival 2018.


We're also producing the House of Sound + Mirrors Experience with artist Rob Olins at Heart of the Forest School and a one woman show, ‘May’, for performer and writer Phoebe Kemp with lots more in the pipeline.

Exciting times! If you think so too, we'd love to hear from you.

You can download the job description below for more information.

​Closing date for applications Tuesday 5th December at 3pm.

If you have any questions contact rachel@wyldwoodarts.co.uk 

Monica Wills House residents perform at the Bristol Old Vic! March 2016

Lottery support  for Chat Back! October 2015

Following a successful bid to the Lottery, Wyldwood Arts have received an Awards for All grant to deliver more Chat Back Intergenerational projects in the community.

We will be working in Bristol with students from City of Bristol College and residents from Monica Wills House to devise a physical theatre piece based on memories and stories.

For more information, visit Chat Back or contact Rachel on rachel@wyldwoodarts.co.uk

Wyldwood Arts delivered a multi generational project with law firm Burges Salmon, students from City of Bristol College and residents from Westbury Fields community village.

When Burges Salmon approached Wyldwood Arts with their theme of Unconscious Bias, they had no idea that it would lead to an afternoon with nearly 80 people! We all came together, sharing stories and experiences using the well known film 'The Wizard of Oz' as a starting point.

The feedback from all remarkable, everyone took something positive away from the day.

'Everybody, no matter their age, physical conditions etc, has equal worth and value...older people can benefit from being with younger people, in the same way that younger people can certainly benefit and gain great human experience from being in the company of those who are older than them'. Burges Salmon volunteer.

Watch out film of the day here.

For more information get in touch with Rachel on rachel@wyldwoodarts.co.uk

Digital Arts in North Somerset. February 2016 

Wyldwood Arts has been commissioned by Alliance Homes to deliver an intergenerational project to skill up older people with digital technology. Using the arts as an engagement tool, we will engaging residents from Alliance Homes schemes across North Somerset and partnering them with local young people. 

Over a series of several weeks, we will devise a creative way to promote digital technology with 11 older people and 11 pupils from Highdown Primary  School. The process will develop IT skills as well as breaking down the stigma of computers. The project will tour across schemes in North Somerset for residents and the public raising awareness of information technology for older people.​

We were so super busy in 2017 we decided to set up a Blog for all of our news + updates!

Chat Back goes to Hereford! January 2016

Wyldwood Arts are pleased to announce that a new Chat Back project will be starting in Hereford with thanks to The Round Table. Working in South Wye, the project will unite communities and bring generations together through storytelling.

Visit Chat Back and look out for more details!

Wyldwood Arts working with LinkAge on Summer of Age 2016

Wyldwood Arts are working with LinkAge in Bristol to produce their Fun Day in August to celebrate their 6 week summer intergenerational project. Now in its third year, the project over hundreds of intergenerational projects for young people and older people to enjoy together including sporting activities as well as more creative sessions.

This year, Chat Back will be offered as part of the Summer of Age at Monica Wills House in Bedminster. 

On Friday 26th August, Wyldwood Arts will be teaming up with LinkAge to host the final Fun day which celebrates the Summer of Age, bringing together people from across the city to take part in one final intergenerational event!