Responding to the hugely popular October half-term activity, the Clubhouse working group of engaged residents and the BCA team designed and delivered another free holiday programme for the Clubhouse neighbourhood. With a variety of creative workshops, socials and the promise of a re-match of the infamous Chester vs Carlisle football match in store, many regular and new Clubhouse attendees gathered as the programme kicked off with the popular board games café!
Artist Anne-Marie Stijelja worked with the group to put their construction skills to the test and complete the Clubhouse Garden project. Inspired by the films ‘The Bug Hotel & In Situ Cinema made by the young residents in 2016, this creative workshop involved hammers, twigs and glue guns to build the new hotel on the block, ‘The Clubhouse for Bugs’. Participants also made plaques with Anne-Marie for the newly planted silver birches on a once unused piece of land that we have named after residents from the community.
Following on from the success of the Chester vs Carlisle Roads football match in October, residents were keen to get back on the pitch with their neighbours for another friendly kick-about. Coach Daniel Bedeau from All Saints Basketball Club returned to lead the Clubhouse participants through a football skills workshop in preparation for the big match played as the finale of the winter programme.
We rounded things off by sharing food with one another and watching the new snippets of the Clubhouse film made by the residents and Clubhouse lead artists Julie Myers and Maria Anastassiou.
Clubhouse is a year-long art and community programme.
Photos by Cat Lane.