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Not Just the Same Old Thing September 2018 - March 2019

Not Just the Same Old Thing project

This project provided an exciting, creative and social opportunity for Apex members, reuiniting after a year's break.

'Not Just the Same Old Thing' built expression by designing identities/personas through costume and song, confidence and experience by meeting and working with the Plymouth Apex group and inclusion by being part of the St Piran's Day event in Redruth, in partnership with Redruth Revival.

Not Just the Same Old Thing project

Not Just the Same Old Thing project Not Just the Same Old Thing project

See the final film in our Videos page


Not Just the Same Old Thing project

A confidence building support programme
From February to November 2018 Apex Arts supported a group of people, who met at Plymouth Mind, to have the confidence to become a sustainable independent group through singing, songwriting, planning and socialising together. Through increasing self-esteem, alleviating isolation and anxiety this collective creative experience transformed the group into a mutually supportive social network.

RBB Plymouth

After meeting bi-weekly, taking it in turns to run the sessions and organise the creative and social activities, the group organised events to perform at (designing their own posters) and raised money to travel to Redruth to perform to and with the Apex Redruth group. They wrote new songs and practised their set, inviting new musicians to co-create with them. They now have the confidence to join and direct a new drop-in music session at Mind, encouraging new participants to sing their self-penned songs, thereby keeping them alive. This project was funded by the Santander Foundation's Discovery Grant.

RBB Plymouth

Outside Open
In the first half of 2017 Apex Arts ran an exciting new art project offering a number of workshops with artists based at Krowji studios in Redruth (www.krowji.org.uk). This project helped develop participants' art into framed pictures, prints, handmade books, t-shirts, etc which were put on display for 5 days at a special exhibition at Cornwall Open Studios at the end of May.

See our Facebook page for more photos.

Outside Open

The Art of Living Creatively
At the end of 2017 Apex Arts, working in collaboration with Plymouth & District Mind, completed a two-year singing/songwriting, creative arts and performance project in Plymouth, funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, for people with autism/learning disabilities and/or mental health issues.

Read about the process in our quarterly Newsletters

ALC Newsletter 1 ALC Newsletter 2 ALC Newsletter 3 ALC Newsletter 4
ALC Plymouth
ALC Plymouth

In Our Own Time at The Future Project, the second Inland Art Festival
Redruth, October 21st-23rd, 2016

In Our Own Time

In October 2016 Apex Arts took part in the second Inland Arts Festival in Redruth, Cornwall. This contemporary art exhibition, entitled The Future Project was “a platform for weird and wonderful futures”. Taking part in various situations throughout Redruth, it worked with local residents, artists, academics and musicians, using architecture, environment, social and cultural references to create a 3-day vision of alternative futures around Redruth.

The Apex Arts contribution featured an exhibition, procession and performance around the theme of ‘In Our Own Time’ and was the culmination of a five-week arts project made possible through support from the RTR Foundation and Baily Thomas Charitable Fund, Specialist Crafts, Krowji Studios and The Inland Arts Festival. Read more about the project here

“Apex was the apex of my festival experience on Saturday. Brilliant performance of inspiring music and art. Congratulations and thank you!“

The People's Pylon

Above: The People's Pylon

Past Projects 2011-2015
Apex are project funded - have a look at our previous projects here Past Projects 2011-2015