We are creating newness…

here at Open To Create… HQ

We’ve been beavering away over the last few months delving into what makes you, our customers, tick and the wider creative & cultural industries plus refreshing our branding in the run up to a re-launch of our website coming this Autumn 2016. Massive thanks to Daisy McMullan & Ellen Stewart for all your hard work over these last few months… and to everyone of you who took part in our surveys… #thankyou

This blog site will remain as an archive of all the amazing times we have had since 2011!

In the coming days www.opentocreate.com will lead you to a holding page whilst we write new creative copy, snap fabulous new photos for our website!

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Gratitude for being part of a creative sharing economy…

We are delighted so many of our Open To Create… & wider arts and creative industry community to the time to share all about what makes you tick, what you value & those steps you take to take your creative career to the next levels…

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We had a whooping 40.35% increase in participation this year thanks to the hard work of Daisy McMullan and many of you spreading the word for us! THANK YOU!

More about what we have learnt once we have crunched our way through the wealth fo data and feedback…

Rising now spring has sprung…

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Celebrate your creativity as spring and the clocks have sprung forward! April is World Creativity & Innovation week too…

We are celebrating the creativity ventures of Hen Norton with her new film Born & Reared, Gabrielle Hine’s marathon of a challenge to fundraise for The PSP Association whilst she runs the London Marathon for the first time and we are re-starting off our Creative Masterminding group Friday 1st April – email anna@opentocreate.com for more information.

Our latest newsletter is out today… read it HERE

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March is all about getting out & about and…

Can we tempt you to get out & about to discover more about your creative self?

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Starting to feel like you are coming out of that winter metaphorical ‘cave’? And curious about what’s happening out & about this March that will make you feel more of a spring in your step?

We have a cracking mixture to make your March more marvellous without a chocolate egg insight!

We are taking part in the first ever Museums & Wellbeing week 29th Feb – 6th March by running a sharing & networking event 3rd March 2016 at Hackney Museum – find out more here.

Try out getting lost to get found through our Get Lost artist walk on 19th March. We are proud to be part of Find Your London Festival 18-28th March 2016 #findyourLDN

READ MORE via our March 2016 newsletter…

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Get Lost Walks are back…

We are delighted that Get Lost Walks will be making more of a regular appearance in our calender this year… artist led walks in the wilds of East London…

19th March 1pm – 3.30pm starting from Mile End station – ending up in Victoria Park as part of Find Your London festival.

“We would like to thank you for your ‘Find your London’ project proposal, we appreciate your time and effort. We’d be delighted to include ‘Get Lost – creative artist walks with a twist…’ in the festival programme.” https://www.london.gov.uk/find-your-london

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Ways to start off 2016 in authentic & creative ways to stay centred in yourself?

January edition of Open To Create… newsletter is out today…

This can be a funny ol’ time of year neither feeling like it’s not really a ‘new’ year yet with the festive season still milling around the edges of our sight lines but not really feeling the ‘momentum’ that we could easily believe we are ‘supposed to feel this time of year…

Read it here

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Here’s to new beginnings…

We want to wish well for your unique creative journey ahead of you in 2016…

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However you like to review your last year & re-vision the coming year this poem may inspire you… (thanks to Kanada Gorla for sending this through to us) – we look forward to hearing from you over the coming year about what inspires your #everydaycreativity?

New Beginning by John O’Donahue
In out-of-the-way places of the heart,
Where your thoughts never think to wander,
This beginning has been quietly forming,
Waiting until you were ready to emerge.

For a long time it has watched your desire,

Feeling the emptiness growing inside you,
Noticing how you willed yourself on,
Still unable to leave what you had outgrown.
It watched you play with the seduction of safety
And the grey promises that sameness whispered,
Heard the waves of turmoil rise and relent,
Wondered would you always live like this.
Then the delight, when your courage kindled,
And out you stepped onto new ground,
Your eyes young again with energy and dream,
A path of plenitude opening before you.
Though your destination is not yet clear
You can trust the promise of this opening;
Unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning
That is at one with your life’s desire.
Awaken your spirit to adventure;
Hold nothing back, learn to find ease in risk;
Soon you will be home in a new rhythm,
For your soul senses the world that awaits you
Image taken by Anna B. Sexton of street art by Donk London

Relight your creative fires…

What makes your great creative fire burn?

There are so many different ways to make a fire come to life…

Read our fuller newsletter for November with a range of ways to walk yourself, workshop yourself and feed your creative fires… http://bit.ly/OpenToCreateNov15Newsletter

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illuminating your creativity over tasty home cooked food & connecting conversations…

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Coaching skills to improve your communication 19th November 2015 @ Oxford House, London

This is another one of our favourite workshop sessions to run… you get a chance to play with creativity approaches to learning coaching skills, goal setting and working out user friendly strategies for improved, more creative communication.

All courtesy of us and Echo – Economy of Hours hosted by Oxford House, London, UK

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Be more present, use active listening & create more from your conversations…

Creative Thinking @ Oxford House 4th November 2015…

We had such a blast last time we ran this session. So we are looking forward to getting creative with playful Creative Bags of Surprises, Postcard Tarot BOOK here

We are working in partnership with Echo – Economy of Hours the new way to share creative skills with a massive range of creative folk from across East and wider London, UK.

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