Creative play or playful creativity?

We’ve been thinking a lot recently about the relationship between play and creativity. They're clearly not the same things, but they have lots in common and, in combination, can be a powerful and transformative force.

We often use both words when we’re describing our workshops because creativity encourages people to play, as much as play encourages creativity.

Play and playfulness can stimulate creativity, often in new and unexpected ways. And doing something creative – anything that uses the imagination – can unlock the playful part of us that many other activities can’t reach. But not all acts of creativity are playful, by any means. If we are focussed on an outcome, on ‘getting it right’, then that can become all that it’s about. So sometimes it can help to change our expectations and just let it be about the process - the materials, the freedom of experimentation, the sense of connection.

So, unlike a regular art or craft workshop, nobody got to take anything home from our first create&connect workshop last week. Everything went back in the ‘box’. We worked – or played – on the basis that if we knew from the outset that everything we created was only temporary and ephemeral, we’d worry less about getting it ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ and just get stuck in. And that’s exactly what happened, and it was a delight to watch as ribbons and scarves and scraps of material became a rich landscape of sea and mountains, and then returned to a heap of fabric.

Mel & Jess

Sunday 8 March
2 to 4.30pm (including tea & cake)  £18

Look playfully and see differently in an afternoon of creative exploration and flow.

We'll be altering images and changing text, making new sense and nonsense, collaging and shredding.

Leave your art critic at the door and follow the fun. From Old Masters to old shopping lists  – nothing is sacred and everything is a source of inspiration.

 "Fun, fantastical and stress free!"

"Everything changes, nothing remains...except the feelgood factor!"

No experience necessary - just come as you are and get stuck in.

Ilkley Arts Studio, The Manor House, Ilkley LS29 8DT

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Improv Saturday

Saturday 29 Feb
10am - 12.30pm

Games galore, fun unlimited – an Improv Saturday is the perfect way to bring more play and laughter into your life. A friendly, supportive atmosphere and beautiful location. Beginners always welcome.

Clifton Village Hall, Newall with Clifton, Otley LS21 2EX

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Improv Saturdays are now on the last Saturday of the month!
28 March, 25 April, 30 May, 27 June

Improv Show & Jam

Sunday 2 Feb 7.30pm
Join us at our relaxed and friendly get-together at North Bar Social, every first Sunday of the month.

We kick off with a light-hearted improv show from our House Team Without a Hat, followed by the opportunity to take part in some easy improv games, if you want to give it a try.

"There are two things which make this event irresistible - it's always a really good laugh, and there's no pressure at all to join in. It's amazing to watch something come to life out of the most minimal cues. I had no idea it would be so funny and so clever! Highly recommended." Jacky, Otley

Upstairs at North Bar Social, 8-10 Bondgate St, Otley LS21 3AB
Free entry
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