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A Celebration of Creative Proportions…

Voluntary Arts Week is an annual celebration of cultural creativity across the UK & Republic of Ireland. The event is promoted by Voluntary Arts but is run by the arts & crafts groups and individuals who take part in cultural activities all year long.


Voluntary Arts Week 2015 will take place from 15 -24 May (too much creativity for just 7 days) and we would love you to join us!


Bus Card photo montagePart of a creative group or organisation?  This is a great opportunity to share what your working on and reach out to new people. Get involved by putting on a showcase event or ‘come and try’ workshop.  Find out more and register your event here.




Do it in in public…we are  encouraging people to get creative in public places during Voluntary Arts Week, read more about how you can be part of our CraftBomb and Flashmob campaign here.


Put a creative date in your diary!  We are challenging the nation to put a creative date in their diary during Voluntary Arts Week, so dust off your banjo, dig out those knitting needles and find an event near you (events will be added in the run up to May 2015 so please check back).


*Please note: the Voluntary Arts Week website is currently under construction -dates for 2015 are being added throughout and guidance/resources are being updated - please bear with us as we make the necessary changes.


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Voluntary Arts Week is an initiative of Voluntary Arts, the national development agency for arts participation.
Voluntary Arts is the operating name of The Voluntary Arts Network (VAN) which is registered in Scotland as Company No. 139147 and Charity No. SC020345.
Registered Office: 54 Manor Place, Edinburgh EH3 7EH, Scotland, UK. Voluntary Arts acknowledges funding from the Arts Councils of England,
Northern Ireland and Wales, Creative Scotland, the Big Lottery Fund and the Spirit of 2012 Trust.
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