Tuesday, 21 October 2014


It’s an Autumn Special on the UPLIFT calendar as all the elements come together in our next three feel good days out!
First up we return to one of our favourite spots, RSPB Old Moor for AUTUMN LIGHT. Get those Winter Warmers on, and feast on a delicious café lunch before starting out on a photography walk around the beautiful reserve, playing with photography and the Autumn Light.
Friday 24th October, 11.30am – 3.30pm (Booking Required.)

Join us for a warm beside the fire on Wednesday 5th November as the Live Arts Café host a Bonfire Special!  We’ll be at our usual spot at the Exchange Recovery College on Gawber Road for fire juggling, campfire singing, a light spectacle and bonfire treats!

Wednesday 5th November, 5 – 8.30pm

As the dark nights draw in and we get ready for winter, the time is just right for STARGAZING AT THE OBSERVATORY. A visit timed so that the moon is at its optimum, seen through new, high quality equipment. This magical UPLIFT includes a presentation and time to observe the Universe through telescopes, so wrap up warm for an UPLIFT that is ‘out of this world’! 
Saturday 1st Novmeber, 7.15 – 10.30pm. (Booking Required)

100 for 100!


In response to the Cooper Galleries exhibition which shows 100 pictures to mark 100 years of opening, UPLIFT artists took over the cosy cottage space and used print making techniques to create 100 mini multi-media artworks to be swapped and traded!

Part installation, part drop in workshop and creative exchange, UPLIFTERS had a fun and relaxing couple of  days, creating!


Friday, 17 October 2014

Doodles of fun at the Museum!


Off the back of our UPLIFT Athersley Occupation it's business as usual for our team with lots of UPLIFTS planned all across the borough!

First on the bill was the Alternative Nite Out at the Museum! To mark World Mental Health Day, last Friday night UPLIFTERS embarked on Experience Barnsley for a visit like no other! It was a mixed bag of creative tricks, with an open mic slot filled with musicians from RESOUND and the IMMORTALS. The Museum showcases also got somewhat of a makeover as UPLIFTERS decorated them with doodles!

Thanks to all of you who shared something; be it a song, a doodle/art masterpiece, a poem, a story, a message, a truth. It was an inspiring way to mark World Mental Health Day and sparked ideas for how we can work together in the future to challenge reforms but also ...
what we can do now in our own community to help each other.

If you'd like an UPLIFT, call us on 01226 320100 (ext 104) to register and receive your pack and wallplanner!

Monday, 6 October 2014


What a wonderful week in Athersley we've had. With all sorts of creative goings on, it was a fantastic chance to meet and engage with local people and what a lovely lot we've met. 

With no occupation complete until the main event, the FEAST made for the perfect finale as the community came together for a feast of food and live music in celebration of all we have made.

The stage was wonderfully set with an
umbrella installation made in the various craft sessions. Their seasonal style encouraging us to come together, tuck in and get ready for the winter. The floral table pieces created at Blossom Brunch made for beautiful  decorations and with the feel good music from Paul and Pete and the soul warming grub from our fiends at Peryer Catering our FEAST was complete!

Thank you to everyone who has made our occupation happen and a warm thanks to you Athersley for having us! Here's to the start of your UPLIFTS!

Butties and Blooms!


With butties and beautiful blooms the Blossom Brunch certainly lived up to it's name!

On Saturday morning, UPLIFTERS and local Athersley residents got together to create fantastic floral fancies for the evening's FEAST celebrations. This chilled, creative event  saw that old jars, tins and bottles were transformed into delightful decorations for the night ahead, which could then be taken away to uplift some else's day. What a creative bunch! 

Cocoa, Creative Writing & Crafts make for a crowd pleaser!

The Friday instalment of UPLIFT Athersley saw the fun continue with our crafty pop up workshop at the Mansfield Road Community Office. The group were busy bee's finishing off crafty pieces for the FEAST event.

Meanwhile across the road at St Helen's Church Hall, Master chef Matt was back with CHOC-FEST: a chocolate making and creative writing workshop! Local residents turned their hand to making, decorating and best of all tasting delicious chocolate. With truffles, fruit and nut and some chocolate poetry, the hall was packed for this popular event and a fabulous afternoon was had by all! Cocoa-loco! 

Soup and a Song!

What a week we've had in Athersley!

Following Wednesday's trio of UPLIFT's it was then the turn of master chef, Matt, from Peryer Catering to turn up the heat for some culinary creativity!

Joining forces with Romero Communities, they're Thursday  coffee morning was transformed into a soup kitchen with local residents chopping fresh vegetables from the local Grocer! UPLIFT singing sensation, Paul Newman provided the acoustics and a big pot of hearty soup was made.

Off into the streets we went to talk to locals over a belly full of soup and give away vegetable packs with creative recipe ideas to make your own broth!

Big thanks to the Peryers, our UPLIFT kitchen hands and everyone who got involved, you are true soup - astars! 


Wednesday, 1 October 2014

A Trio of UPLIFTS!

It was an action packed day of UPLIFTS in Athersley today with back to back creative activities for local residents.

Starting at St Edwin’s Croft we shared a Cuppa Creative with lots of lovely locals whilst enjoying the music of singing storyteller, Paul Newman. We were busy making UPLIFT parcels to give away and brighten someone’s day!
Uplift artist Cecile then joined in the fun and a crafty afternoon was spent making beautiful table decorations with the Athersley Cares Craft Group and members of the community, all in preparation for our big community event, FEAST!
There was no sign of slowing down as the LIVE ARTS CAFÉ this evening goes on tour to the New Hope Methodist Church in Athersley! Café goers are in for a treat with the Latin rhythms of Los Paisos and Spin art with Umbrellas!
And if you’re not tired after that lot, we’ll be back with more UPLIFTING action tomorrow as we take soup and song to the streets of Athersley!