Creative Doodle Book

The Creative Doodle Book is a hands-on resource developed by Mind the Gap and York St John University to support socially distanced community arts practice during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The disruption caused by Covid-19 has forced many community groups to drastically adapt or even suspend their activities. This has been particularly impactful on organisations working with marginalised and vulnerable people.

During ‘normal’ times the arts have a vital role in supporting resilience through providing opportunities for creative expression. During the Covid-19 crisis, it is even more vital to find ways for everyone to express their creativity in community contexts and the Creative Doodle Book project is providing exciting ways for this to happen.

An introduction to the Creative Doodle Book

“It landed on our doorsteps at a great time. It can really enhance our practice and find new ways of how we can support our members. I think it is bringing positivity for sure, when it has been quite dark and challenging times.” 

Claire Reda, Indepen-dance

“The workshops provided a “friendly working environment and the opportunity just to be freely expressive and playful in what they were creating. Vicky has a lovely energy as a facilitator, very light and playful and energetic and inclusive. It was fun and gentle, which was really, really needed. It came at a good time for us.”

Joshua Green, The Lawnmowers

“It’s brought a really nice lightness to our slightly heavy turn of events over the last couple of months. And we’ve just enjoyed it. It’s always been something we’ve looked forward to doing and everyone feels great at the end of the week.”

Jo Frater, Confidance

“I will certainly be taking stuff forward into the studio when we return to in-person work, as an alternative to the ways that we have been working in the past. So for a practitioner that’s been doing it for 25 years, it certainly invigorated me, which I just wasn’t expecting from an online project.”

Tina Shuker, Theatre Royal Wakefield

We have been overwhelmed by the demand for the Creative Doodle Book and the project is now fully subscribed. If you are interested in finding out more or would like some books for your group, get in touch!
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In partnership with York St John University

Funded by UK Research and Innovation

Originally created to support the Erasmus+ funded Ogmius project