Endings and beginnings

Our Ecominds funded Out There project came to an end in December 2013. Between 2009 and 2013 Out There was one of 130 projects across England supported with £7.5 million funding through the Big Lottery Fund.

The emphasis of the Out There project was for participants to engage in slow, sustainable art practices and to have as much contact with the local environment as possible.

Activities were run at local allotment projects, in community mental health projects, and at a local hospital. Creative activities included building insect hotels and garden furniture, using scrap timber; making mosaics for local outdoor spaces; planting a natural dye-plant garden and using the plants as colour for later textile projects; outdoor photography and print-making workshops, and other seasonal creative projects.

Hive continues to promote and deliver creative activities to communities across Bradford. In our unique non-traditional learning environment, with access to all areas of visual arts and crafts, we provide opportunities for personal development through courses and a creative space.

As part of the final part of the Out There project Hive has created a post-card pack with activities based on the ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’ developed by the New Economics Foundation. If you work in a mental health setting and are interested in our approach please contact info@hivebradford.org.uk and we can send you a copy.

For any additional information about Hive and the work we do please visit our website.

Thank you for supporting Out There over the last four years.

Video | Posted on by | Leave a comment

Sunny days

out there allot 2.07.2013 016

out there allotment july 19 2013 061At the allotment the days have been warm and sunny. Perfect weather for a spot of sun printing.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New allotment sessions

st stephens and allotment 027We’re pleased to announce that regular creative sessions at our allotment will start again on Friday 5th July from 10am – 12pm. If you are interested in having some green activity in your life and in the wonderful things that can be made using natural materials, these sessions could be for you. The group meets at Hive at 10am and there is a short walk to the allotment site. Tea and coffee is provided. These sessions are free of charge.

For further information and to book a place please contact jane@hivebradford.org.uk. or ring the office 01274 -598928.


Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Old News and New News

DSCF4533 DSCF4522

As part of our Supporting Impact funding from Ecominds we have been working with groups from Hive and ISIS.

We have been using leaves, twigs and bark to make prints for both individual and collaborative work.

Some of these techniques were used at the mini workshops for our recent Ecominds conference . Many thanks to all the volunteers who took part and helped to make it so successful.

There is another set of allotment sessions planned. Beginning on July 5th we will explore the wonderful world of handmade paper using natural materials. Look out for posters at Hive.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Next steps

012 014 023 025

Our Ecominds funded Out There Project has moved into a new phase. Our project was delighted to receive a second grant that allows us to continue the work that the Out There project began three years ago. As part of our Supporting Change and Supporting Impact funding we will be revisiting the organisations we worked with during the original project. Sessions will still have a focus on creative, green activity, but will also allow groups to develop confidence in delivering their own sessions.

Pictured above is our latest Out There group based at Hive, working with our new Project Worker, Jane. The group is exploring colour and using natural materials to create a variety of small hand-crafted items.


Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Winter Allotment



We still head out the the allotment most Wednesdays. Meet 10am at Hive, hot chocolate made on the camping stove included!


Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Allotment Wednesday

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment