Creative Lives On Air (formerly known as 'Up for Arts') is a dynamic partnership between Creative Lives and BBC Local Radio stations. It shines a spotlight on everyday creativity through local radio, boosting wellbeing and reducing isolation. The initiative began with BBC Radio Merseyside as a legacy project following the 2008 EU City of Culture in Liverpool.

Since 2008, Creative Lives On Air has expanded its reach to communities and regions across England and Wales, currently collaborating with eight BBC Local Radio Stations (find out more here). It also develops bespoke learning and training opportunities in radio and podcast making.

Here are our top highlights from the past few weeks
  • BBC Radio Norfolk 

Rosa Torr and Art at Work

Creative Lives Producer, Rosa Torr, has joined us to support community engagement shining a light on grassroot creative activity across the region. Rosa's first piece for Creative Lives On Air focused on the 2021 World Mental Health Day. She talked to some of the people involved in Art at Work - a not for profit Community Interest Company who offer arts activities as a means of promoting wellbeing. They encourage participants to rediscover their creativity, in a fun and collaborative way, thus increasing good mental health.

Hear the recording from 8 October during Chris Goreham's show below: 


Our favourite quote from a participant featured in the audio piece is: 

It makes you feel so much better mentally, physically.

This group helps you believe you are good.

Learn more.

  • BBC Radio Coventry & Warwickshire

Collage of pictures from crafts workshop as part of the Try It! programme in Coventry

Picture collage from the Art and Stitch workshop, part of the Try It! programme run by Coventry UK City of Culture

Since May 2020, BBC Radio Coventry & Warwickshire (CWR) have scheduled a new weekly show, led by our very own Creative Lives Producer Rachel New; Coventry Creates. Each week Rachel New shines a light on Coventry’s everyday creativity - featuring local practitioners, makers, amateur artists and grassroots creative groups. Recently, Rachel visited one of the Try It! workshops called Art and Stitch and chatted with its coordinator, Michala Gyetvai, and some of the enthusiastic participants. Listen to the audio piece below.

Try It! workshop chat

Our favourite quote from a participant featured in the audio piece is: 

Coming to these workshops has been great. I do this just for the pure joy and it's so good for your soul and your wellbeing.

Learn more.

  • BBC Radio Sheffield

Jennifer Vernon-Edwards and Art for Wellbeing Group

Creative Lives Producer, Jennifer Vernon-Edwards, is shining a light on grassroot creative activity across the region. Ahead of the 2021 World Mental Health Day, Jennifer visited the Art for Wellbeing group to discover some of the members' stories. She also chatted with Ali Bird the local therapeutic artist who runs the group. The audio piece below was aired on 13 October during the Mid Morning show on BBC Radio Sheffield hosted by Paulette Edwards. Take a listen!

Creative Lives On Air - Art for Wellbeing group interview on BBC Radio Sheffield

Our favourite quote from a participant featured in the audio piece is: 

I've never done any art before. I came here and started painting and I just loved it!

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Also in collaboration with BBC Radio Sheffield, we ran a series of free creative workshops as part of the 'Where We Belong' project inspired by Sheffield musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, the song “Out Of The Darkness (A Place Where We Belong)”. The project was a celebration of community, freedom of expression and belonging. 

Creative Lives Producer, John Offord, coordinated the creative workshops at Theatre Deli Sheffield between 23 October - 13 November. Participants from South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire had fun trying their hand at fashion, creative writing and drama, spoken word and dance. Here are some pictures from the fashion workshop led by Adam Galliford and Michael Brown from ArtWorks South Yorkshire.

Where We Belong BBC Radio Sheffield - Fashion Workshop

Our favourite quote from a participant is:

I went with my mum and had so much fun. What a fantastic combined effort by these amazing organisations to provide free creative outlets inspired by a celebration of queerness.

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