Join The Changemakers Network! Our Young Changemakers are excited to launch The Changemakers Network to connect and champion creative young people. Sign up and be first to receive the upcoming Young Changemakers Podcast, seed commissions for young artists and invitations to live events later in 2021. Joining is free and easy, click here! The network is open to anyone who wants to get involved, with most opportunities focussed at 18-25 year olds from across Outer East London and Essex. With thanks to the Paul Hamlyn Foundation for their support of our Learning and Participation programme. Let's Make Havering Happy We want to know your creative ideas and projects that will help spread some joy and put a smile on someone's face who may be experiencing loneliness during this lockdown. Havering Changing is looking to work with artists, craft makers and community groups to spread some creative happiness at this time and are welcoming applications as part of an open call. Ideas should inspire people to engage in creative activities, make them feel valued, and lift their mood to help their mental health and general wellbeing. The projects should all be activities that people can do at home and do not require an internet connection or mobile phone to connect to. Even if you do not have a creative idea, but want to help or know a person or group who would benefit from some creativity at this time, please get in touch. Find out more here. Romford Winter Garden From Monday 1 February, Havering Changing launches their Winter Garden Project, in partnership with artist Carlos Cortes. The Winter Garden will be bringing to the streets and houses of Romford a large kaleidoscope of colours and natural forms. Local people can get involved and use their creative flair to make colourful flowers, plants, and display them in the windows of their homes creating a collective Winter Garden. Winter Garden workshops will be delivered through online tutorials and creative packs that residents can request or pick up in selected shops in Romford, Rush Green and Collier Row when doing their essential shopping. Find out more here Coven celebrates using our Artist Space Queen's Theatre Hornchurch Associate Artist, Rebecca Brewer, talks about being back in the Theatre: ‘We feel really lucky to be able to come into the Queen's Theatre Hornchurch to do some work on COVEN next week. A lot of planning has gone in to the rehearsal to make sure that we are COVID-19 secure; we have people zoom-ing in for rehearsals as well as a handful of people coming into the space, as well as lots of masks, temperature checks and sanitiser! We’ll be exploring the music and script further, but also exploring some shadow puppetry, movement and even some moments of magic! We hope that we will be able to share COVEN again with you as soon as time allows, but in the meantime, take care and you can find us on Twitter @COVENtheshow’ If you're a local performer or performance-maker and would like to use the Artist Space, please email firstname.lastname@example.org Find out more here.