High Hopes

community projects

Creatively connecting Farnham

High Hopes is a creative programme for Farnham designed to encourage people to connect, take notice, share and create. From April to May 2021 a range of artists will be providing workshops, participation opportunities, and surprise packages for those in our community who are most in need of a pick-me-up. The activities have been designed through conversations with the Health Authority, the voluntary and community sector and local people with a particular ambition to engage with the widest possible community possible. Many will be delivered locally, in community spaces, public spaces and in front gardens, others are being delivered in partnerships with our hospitals, the Herald Newspaper and local businesses.

The programme is made up of eight strands of activities including:

The JukeBox Telephone Line

Running Tue 06 to Sat 10 April 2021, is a virtual jukebox manned by volunteers, aiming to bring people together over a shared love of songs and stories. Anyone can ring the line between 5pm and 7pm and ask for a song and engage in conversation about the song they’ve requested.

Read more about this activity in this news post.

High Hopes Gift

Being kind to the people around us feels particularly important right now in a world full of challenge and uncertainty. We have created small gift boxes that we hope will spread a little joy to a friend, neighbour or someone within our local community who may need a pick me up, connecting to others or deserve some recognition. On 14 April we will make a form available on this webpage so you can nominate someone you feel would benefit from some high hopes which we will deliver with a note or anonymously should you choose.

The Way I See It

A photography project, inviting you to take a photograph from wherever you are – whether it’s of the view from your window or of an object in your house or garden. Our ambition is to create a record of the smaller worlds that many of us have inhabited over the past year. We are keen to encourage everyone to participate in this project.

The Extraordinary Times

A supplement distributed with the Farnham Herald, carrying messages of hope, creativity, curiosity and renewal.

Arts Recovery Packs

We’ve teamed up with our local NHS to gift creative packs which support those leaving hospital. The packs contain activities and prompts to help people through those first days at home and encourage them to reflect and find joy.

High Hopes is also running a variety of workshops with specific groups across the town to forge new connections and provide safe and creative ways for people to socialise.

High Hopes has been developed by Farnham Maltings with investment from Arts Council of England.

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For more information on the activities or taking part please contact Erin.

Erin Beesley

Community Organiser