DAiSY: ReGrowth

DAiSY: ReGrowth programme

During 2020 DAiSY delivered an online programme called DAiSY:ReGrowth. The programme was designed and developed in response to Covid-19, as a central issue during the pandemic was how disabled and inclusive artists could continue to create while socially isolating.

Under the theme of ReGrowth DAiSY offered weekly artscreative writing and dance fitness workshops online, with some offline activities also available. The programme was delivered by a talented group of artists and features workshops and tasks to keep you creative, fit and having fun!

Our intention was to keep people connected and making art, and generally put some positivity back into the world. The theme of ReGrowth felt powerful, with connotations of nature and rejuvenation. It was an opportunity to explore and enjoy the world around us, and look forward to better times ahead. DAiSY offered weekly arts, creative writing and dance fitness workshops online, with some offline activities also available. Through a series of weekly arts, creative writing and dancing workshops we reached over 500 artists, dancers and writers, who learnt creative skills and made new work.

In addition DAiSY delivered arts packs through letterboxes, offered online group sessions to DAiSY member organisations in each art form and launched a bursary programme, to support talented emerging artists to develop their work.

This project was made possible by funding from Arts Council England and Community Foundation for Surrey.

Programme

 Join DAiSY resident artist Julie Hoyle as she builds a digital woodland.

Each week Julie shared an online video with fun, creative tasks that anyone can get involved with. We will build our own digital woodland, populated with your artwork.

Videos are available at DAiSY’s Youtube channel.

Creative Writing

Our weekly micro-podcasts links creative writing with nature, helping you to see the environment as a source of inspiration and pleasure. Join Jackie Wills for writing exercises every week under the theme of Regrowth.

The micro-podcast provides an opportunity for participants to connect with nature, giving them a space to reflect and record their experiences, develop their writing style and build a sense of positive mental wellbeing.

You can listen and subscribe on streaming platforms as well as on our website. Transcripts of each episode are also available to download.

The Podcast is available here, and at all popular podcast providers. 

Dance / Fitness

Shake up your day with our inclusive dance workout sessions! Join dancer and teacher Alice Shepperson in our online series of accessible activities.

Each week Alice will share an online video with workouts and exercises that will get you ready to move, shimmy and feel the beat.

 The videos are available on the DAiSY Youtube channel.

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