Basingstoke Festival Lockdown 3.0

In these uncertain times, and while our theatres, art galleries, museums and studios are closed, we thought it might be nice to bring some arts into your homes! SCROLL DOWN for things to make, do, watch and try at home. Lots of these are from #Basingstoke-based artists. In addition, there will also be the opportunity to get involved with some live-action theatre from your living room.
Feel free to share with us your ideas and anything you create during lockdown, you can use #StokeYourCreativity to get involved!

If you have any questions or would like to get involved, please email Basingstoke Festival

Picture: Junk Jodie @ B LOVE Festival


The Social Dis-Dance

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As part of our #StokeYourCreativity campaign, we will be giving you the unique opportunity to get involved with The Social Dis-Dance, an online creative dance project. Follow us on Facebook for the latest updates!!

Register your interest to take part by emailing festival@basingstoke.gov.uk

This project is supported by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council

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Window Wanderland

Community Art Events

As part of our #StokeYourCreativity campaign, we will be once again helping communities to transform their neighbourhoods into outdoor art galleries. Would you like your area to be considered for one of the projects this Spring?

Window Wanderland is an award-winning, COVID-safe project, which provides resources for communities around the world to set up their own magical, illuminated window displays.

Wanderlands bring neighbourhoods together, reduce social isolation, and inspire creativity.

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Proteus recommends

It’s never too late to join the party

This installment of ‘Proteus recommends’ is, admittedly, an epic one, but hopefully with something for everyone; from online theatrical gems, to some great TV to stream in celebration of LGBT+ History month. The Proteus team share their favourite digital experiences from the first 4 weeks of 2021.

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QMC’S The Saturday Club – Creative Arts

Live classes online

QMC are relaunching their Creative Arts Saturday Club as an online club from January 2021, and it’s open to all Year 8 & 9 students who attend a Basingstoke school.

You will take part in a series of exciting and interactive sessions exploring fine art, graphic design, photography and textiles led by specialist teachers from our Creative Arts team. The club runs every Saturday between 9.30-12.30 and the work you produce will form part of a summer exhibition in the town centre.

Places are limited. Email Victoria.Andrews@qmc.ac.uk to secure your place and receive your welcome pack of resources ready to get started!

#qmcsaturdayclub @natsatclub

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Basing-Folk Tales from Pumpkin Pantos

Online now

As part of our #StokeYourCreativity campaign, Pumpkin Pantos will be bringing you FOUR fairy tales based in Basingstoke for children and their families.

From Jack and the Beanstalk to Cinderella, Aladdin to Snow White, but with a Basingstoke twist!

New stories posted every Friday throughout February – catch up with them on our YouTube channel or on Facebook pages @BasingstokeFestival @PumpkinPantos

This project is supported by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council

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Junk Jodie

New junk makes with a Basingstoke theme!

As part of our #StokeYourCreativity campaign, Junk Jodie will be bringing you FOUR BRAND NEW Basingstoke-themed junk makes for children and their families.

The videos will be available to watch  on our Facebook page and YouTube starting in February and on Jodie’s Facebook and YouTube Channel where you can find lots of other great activities to keep the whole family busy!

This project is supported by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council

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Looking Through The Window
Art Well Studios


A FREE psychologically informed online art-based project for veterans and their families.

Art is a great way to spend time together playing and learning. With families spending more time together due to Covid-19, pressures can build. Participating in a shared activity can help to relieve pressure and bring people together.

Through a series of weekly workshops, we will combine practical art activities to help teach you how to draw and create with freedom, Plus you will learn how past experiences affect emotions, as well as techniques that will enable you to quickly and effectively deal with emotional situations.

More information: basingstoketopofthetown@gmail.com

This project is kindly supported by The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust

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The Musication Station
Anvil Arts

Online activities

The Musication Station is a free community music project from Anvil Arts, and independent educational charity based in Basingstoke, Hampshire. For all ages and abilities – just have a go at trying something new!

Visit the facebook page for more details

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Cyphers Theatre Company

Online now

A new podcast series aimed primarily at college and university students and recent graduates who are interested in pursuing a career in theatre. In the episodes, we talk to theatre professionals working in various different roles within theatre (actors, writers, directors, stage managers) to make people more aware of the different career paths that are open to them within theatre.

Spotify, Apple or search for ‘Cyphers Theatre Podcast’

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English Civil War Art and Poetry Competition

Send in your entries

The Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane is inviting students to get involved and be creative by entering an Arts and Poetry Competition, seeking art (in any form, for example drawing, photography, sculptures, music) and/or poetry submissions inspired by Basing House and/or the English Civil War.

Subject to coronavirus restrictions being lifted, the winner(s) will be invited to join the Mayor at a special opening of the English Civil War Art and Poetry Exhibition at Basing House. They will also receive a Mayor’s plaque and an annual family pass to Basing House. The winners’ schools will also each receive a free educational visit to Basing House, potentially including a travel bursary (subject to terms and conditions).

All entries need to be submitted by Friday 12 March 2021, and judging will take place on Friday 19 March 2021.

Send us your entries here

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PJ Preston Artist

Available to order online

Downloadable ART ACTIVITY GUIDES are available as well as some free art to brighten the world!

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Generation Protopia

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Generation Protopia is the show where tomorrow’s generation reject Dystopia, abandon Utopia, and instead embrace Protopia – a world where we take small steps to make today better than yesterday.

In each episode a group of 17-18 year-old members of the Proteus Theatre Young Company discuss how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted their lives. The series covers Arts and Culture, Life Under Lockdown, Equality and Diversity, Mental Health and Wellbeing, and Education and Work.

The final two episodes grapples with the simple question of what happens next, and what commitments we might make to work towards Protopia.

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Sian Storey – Isolation Inspiration

Online now

As a freelance artist, it’s my mission to provide you with escapism, colour and creativity during these testing times. That’s why I’m bringing you Isolation Inspiration this springtime – art tutorials, new paintings, and a few surprises too.

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Culture on Call – Hampshire Cultural Trust

Online now

Our museums, galleries and arts centres may all be closed, but that doesn’t mean that we’ll stop bringing you the very best of arts and culture in Hampshire – our doors are still open, virtually!

Culture on Call is our new blog, which we’re launching to bring culture and communities together during the challenge that is the coronavirus crisis. From fascinating insights into local history to fun things to make and do at home, curious objects from our collections and more, we’ll be bringing arts, culture and heritage straight to you, wherever you are.

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Kev Munday – Colouring Pages

Online now

To do my small part to help people get through this tough time of enforced self isolation and to thank everyone who bought a copy of my IKEA Colouring Poster, I’ve decided to add these black and white artworks to my website for anyone to print and colour at home for free. I hope they can fill a few hours of boredom. If you colour one, please email me photos and I’ll add them to this page for everyone to see.

To download them, simply right click on an image and select ‘open in new tab’. You can then save the image or send it to print.

As an independent artist I’ve had a couple of mural jobs and art fairs put on hold / postponed because of the coronavirus, but my online shop remains open and worldwide deliveries are taking place as usual. I’m making sure to track shipments even closer than usual and am monitoring the news regularly for advice on this.

As always, enjoy the artwork and have fun creating!

Kev Munday

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Fluid Motion Theatre Company

Fluid Conversations

Fluid Motion is a mental health theatre company based in Hampshire. We make theatre about lived experiences of mental health. And we do this anywhere and for everyone.

We are hosting a series of Fluid Conversations in 2021, on the theme of resilience. Join us on Zoom for a chat about plans, coping mechanisms and little victories that are helping you get through lockdown > bit.ly/FCJan21

First one is on Thursday 28 January at 1pm.

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Hampshire Cultural Trust
Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2020

Online now

Hampshire Cultural Trust is delighted to premier The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2020 shortlist and winners at the Willis Museum, Basingstoke.

The gallery is currently closed, but you can still have a look around the gallery virtually, from the comfort of your own home

The renowned competition is the largest and most prestigious prize for contemporary watercolour painting in the UK. Over the past 33 years it has attracted entries from artists working in abstract, figurative, contemporary or traditional subject matter, with the aim of celebrating and redefining the beauty and diversity of all water-based media.

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Anvil Arts

Online performances

Although The Anvil and The Haymarket are closed right now, you can still visit these from your sofa to discover online comedy, theatre and music! #supportlocal

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Basingstoke Art Class

Online now

Basingstoke Art Class has a range of classes and courses available and these are currently running online. You can choose from a range of activities including painting, drawing and even ‘wine and paint’ evenings. Led by local artist Liam Kelleher, there really is something for everyone.

Art can be extremely therapeutic and has been known to help with depression and anxiety as well as helping with improving the memory and keeping the body and mind active.  You can express yourself in your art and get blissfully lost in the moment as many students do.

No experience necessary. Come and join the fun!

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Dance Phaze


Bored – A dance piece exploring the idea of being bored and tired with current surroundings, circumstances or relationships. When the direction of life changes or plans are halted, an array of mixed thoughts and feelings come over us, forcing us to be patient however mundane it may feel. How we choose to deal with these challenges is an individual choice but maybe there is a strong need for empathy and understanding more than ever before…
Dance Phaze is a North Hampshire based dance company providing class and performance opportunities for dancers of varying ages and abilities.
“Our main aim at Dance Phaze is to inspire, enjoy and achieve a successful dance journey for each and every one of our dancers. Proud to be providing a vast amount of performance opportunities, dancers attending our company classes are always working towards a performance of some sort.”

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The Great Big Art Exhibition

Online now

The Great Big Art Exhibition launched today, led by Firstsite and supported by the Plus Tate Network and Arts Council England! From first-timers and dabblers through to enthusiasts and professional artists, you can all help unleash a wave of creativity across the country by creating and sharing your own artwork.

Anything goes for The Great Big Art Exhibition – the only limit is your imagination! There’s an activity pack to help get you started, packed with inspiration from brilliant artists and amazing UK collections. Everybody is invited to take part, so join in to make this the largest exhibition ever staged!

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