COLOURS OF COVID
Alchemy’s Innovative Response To Tackling Mental
Health & Wellbeing In A Time Of Crisis
WHAT IS COLOURS OF COVID?
Colours of COVID is a new online Health and Arts initiative set up in response to the current pandemic and its impact on mental health. It is a ground-breaking and innovative programme developed for those most at need within the BAME community. Over the next six months, this project will ensure the continuation of much needed support within the communities and marginalised groups we work with.
In a nutshell, Colours of COVID is:
A project providing a virtual platform for young people from diverse backgrounds to explore creative expression. It is focused on COVID-19 and its impact on mental health. The Project will be a ‘virtual time bank’ for individuals, their experiences of the pandemic, and their time during lockdown.
By the end of the programme, participants will be more informed about COVID-19 and how this impacts mental health, coping strategies and how artistic expression can be a vital part of our health and wellbeing.
WHAT ARE YOUR STRONGEST MEMORIES?
Rainbows painted on the neighbour’s window? Clap for the NHS, George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter Movement?
WHAT STANDS OUT TO YOU MOST?
Conspiracies, let down by government, fear, anger, excitement, fun? Time off school, missing friends?
WHAT CAN OUR CREATIVE RESPONSE BE?
Will it be a painting, drawing or song? Perhaps a film, musical performance, book or dance? It could be absolutely anything!!
CREATIVE EXPRESSION IN A TIME OF CRISIS
Since Coronavirus swept the globe, the world has changed in so many ways, so quickly. Some of our biggest artists are releasing albums that they created in the comfort of their own bedrooms. Concerts are taking place over video calls. None of this would be possible if these creatives weren’t supported and given the opportunity and platform to show their creative expression.
Our project provides a virtual stage for anyone and everyone, allowing participants to fully explore their creativity! Interactive and fun – this is all about alternative expression, moving away from the endless stream of facts and figures and focusing on feelings and emotions. The project will act as a virtual ‘time capsule’ – giving people the chance to process their surroundings and channel their energies in a positive way. Together, we offer a platform for you to show exactly how you’re feeling in the most creative way possible.
This is a hugely significant historical moment, so we want to be able to capture it for generations to come, all while enabling people to process the shifting uncertainty in the present. Our fluid and flexible set up and delivery model allows for endless opportunities for creativity and culture – it’s time for you to shine!
WHO IS INVOLVED?
This project is funded by and delivered in partnership with Arts Council England, contributing to delivering their Let’s Create Strategy (#LetsCreate). We believe that culture has a unique part to play in the creative industries, and we want to ensure that people from all backgrounds and races have the same opportunity to engage and inspire where traditionally they been unable to.
WHO CAN TAKE PART?
Aimed predominantly at communities within Greater Manchester, the programme is open to all. Although initially focusing on young people between the ages of 16-25, it has developed into a virtual space for people of all ages need a way to creatively explore their thoughts, experiences and emotions.
HOW LONG IS THE PROJECT?
This project is initially planned to run for 6 months, but will continue to run for as long as it is needed, throughout the duration of the COVID-19 outbreak. It may be extended beyond that to help people to cope with the adjustment to ‘new normal’ and with the fallout from the pandemic.