Co-Creative Arts – A Work in Progress

Art with Emma, Fish Puppet
Art with Emma, Fish Puppet

I am pleased to announce that I have received funding from the Arts Council of Wales‘ Stabilisation Fund for the project ‘Co-Creative Arts – A Work in Progress’. I will be working collaboratively with project development workers Katja Stiller (freelance Creative Expression Specialist) and Rhys Hughes (Counsellor/ Trainer/ Social Worker).

In this project we will be developing and exploring our Co-Creative Arts approach through experiential and sharing sessions with Community Artists and partners in Wales during, and coming out of, the Covid-19 Lockdown.

This such an important time of change and this project will form part of an exciting creative response within Community Arts in Wales. We will be questioning how we can best adapt our creative work and practice for the new ‘normal’ world of the future.

This will inform the development of our Co-Creative approach and we will be documenting how Community Artists are working in the current situation; their issues, concerns, creative solutions and what they might need in terms of support, safeguarding, training and their own wellbeing.

Alex Bowen, Breathe Creative

Creating Calm – Creative Cooking

Drawing of cooking ingredients

We’ve just entered Coronavirus Lockdown in the UK and we’ve been looking at how we can reach out and connect with people and maybe help them, just a little, to feel less isolated. With our new “Creating Calm” programme we will be doing just that.

In this Zoom session, our food expert Sian helps our group to make the most of the food in their cupboards. This week, they attempt Bread and Butter pudding.

This project is part of our Creating Calm programme, in partnership with Ty Canna Outreach Service and funded by the Coronavirus Resilience Fund.

Community Foundation Wales

Creative Activities for Wellbeing – Write a Letter

Write a Letter
Write a Letter

Write a letter to a neighbour… What would you say?

Can you design your very own stamp? 

Use an owl, pigeon or magical creature to send or hand deliver.

Made with help from Community United Barry 4 Everyone Centre (CUBE) - who are a collective of Barry residents who’ve come together to make a difference for families living with or affected by mental health, suicide, grief and loss , domestic abuse and substances.

Creative Activities for Wellbeing – Make your own Den

Keep Out or Else!

Find some sheets, move some furniture and create your own den …

Keep Out or Else!

Can you make a sign?

Draw a picture of what your den looks like.

What will you do in your den?

Made with help from Community United Barry 4 Everyone Centre (CUBE) - who are a collective of Barry residents who’ve come together to make a difference for families living with or affected by mental health, suicide, grief and loss , domestic abuse and substances.

Creative Activities for Wellbeing – Plant a Seed

Drawing of a tiny seedling growing in a colourful painted pot.
Drawing of a tiny seedling growing in a colourful painted pot.

Imagine that you can plant a seed in a pot and look after it (If you have some seed and a pot and some soil you could try this in real life).

Can you upload a photo or a drawing of it growing?

Can you decorate the pot it’s in?

Imagine if your plant would not stop growing…

What would happen?

Made with help from Community United Barry 4 Everyone Centre (CUBE) - who are a collective of Barry residents who’ve come together to make a difference for families living with or affected by mental health, suicide, grief and loss , domestic abuse and substances.

Creative Activities for Wellbeing – Storytelling

Queen Ocianah of the Elves does not give up. She NEVER MESSES around. She glares at you when you make a joke.
Queen Ocianah of the Elves does not give up. She NEVER MESSES around. She glares at you when you make a joke.

Do you love stories? 

Do you know where the magical story portals are where you live?

How do you enter? Do you need a magic word?

What adventures will you go on? 

Who is coming with you?

Who will you meet?  

What magical powers do you have?

Draw the magical world you find yourself in. What does it look like? 

Is there a Queen/ King/ fairies/ elves/ witches/ goblins/ giants?

How do you get back?

How does your home look to you now?

Can you send us your story? Email us or Tweet us.

Made with help from Community United Barry 4 Everyone Centre (CUBE) - who are a collective of Barry residents who’ve come together to make a difference for families living with or affected by mental health, suicide, grief and loss , domestic abuse and substances.

Creative Activities for Wellbeing – Self-Portrait

Hi, being at home can be boring, I much rather be out in the park, running around with my friends, … there is only that much TV you can watch… so we started to think of some fun activities to do, maybe you can try them and send us some pictures. That way, we can make the best out of this situation.

(project participant)

This is Me:

Draw a self-portrait:

Make up your name: 

And age:

What do you like?

What don’t you like?

What is your favourite thing to do?

What superpowers would you like and why?

If you had a magic wand what would you do? 

If you could be anyone for the day who would it be?

If you’d like to send us your artwork and ideas Tweet us at @CreativeBreathe or email us


Made with help from Community United Barry 4 Everyone Centre (CUBE) - who are a collective of Barry residents who’ve come together to make a difference for families living with or affected by mental health, suicide, grief and loss , domestic abuse and substances.