The Arts are a vital and much-needed release for everyone. Whether it is through a creation of your own or responding to someone else’s. As humans we have always had a need to tell stories. It is essential to our being and that can encompass any art form. We must all fight to keep them and fight to keep them for all.
“We know that nurturing a child’s natural curiosity and creativity from a young age can have a massive impact on their development and on their adult lives.”
Some of the UK’s most inspirational and creative people including Dame Judi Dench, Sir Terence Conran, Carol Ann Duffy, David Shrigley, Heston Blumenthal, Stephen Merchant, Benedict Cumberbatch, Maxine Peake and Frank Cottrell Boyce have been telling us who or what inspired them as a child to help raise awareness of the impact creativity can have on a child’s life, in support of the children’s charity Curious Minds.
46 unique and personal tales have been collected together in an illustrated book, with a foreword by Wayne Hemingway and drawings from 15 illustrators including Steven Appleby (Loomus, The Guardian), Oliver Jeffers (Lost and Found), Nick Sharratt (The Story of Tracy Beaker), Al Murphy and Emily Forgot.
All proceeds raised from the purchase of this book will support creative projects for young people.
Curious Minds is a registered charity no. 1130988 that works across the North West to make sure all children have access to quality arts and cultural learning activities, providing kids with opportunities to be creative, have fun and stretch their minds and imaginations, giving them the best start in life.
The concept for the book was devised by creative collective Dorothy and its development was assisted by Arts Council England.
Maxine supports the Big Ride for Palestine:
Is an English stage, film and television actress
I am supporting the Big Ride as it is essential to show the Palestinian people that we are appalled by the long and horrendous suffering they have endured at the hands of the Israeli government.
Hopefully this terrific event will go some way to forcing our government to wake up and take responsibility.
I wish all the participants a fun packed ride and may your bum be not so numb!
Here’s a new photo of Maxine Peake supporting the ‘Show the Love‘ campaign:
A new short film aims to inspire us to protect the people, places and life we love from climate change for generations to come.
Actors Jeremy Irons and Maxine Peake have joined forces to help make a powerful video about climate change.
Former children’s Laureate and ‘War Horse’ author Michael Morpurgo, Oscar-winning composer Rachel Portman and director Stuart Rideout of film production company Ridley Scott Associates also helped create the powerful five-minute film – which aims to inspire us to protect the people, places and life we love from climate change for generations to come.
In ’I wish for You…’ a grandfather (Jeremy Irons) writes a poignant letter to his granddaughter, declaring his love for her and describing the world that he wishes her to grow up in – and that climate change threatens. In later life, the grandchild (Maxine Peake) rediscovers the letter and resolves to do all she can to fulfil her grandfather’s wishes for the world.
The film is part of a BT-supported campaign from The Climate Coalition – which includes WWF, ActionAid, RSPB, Oxfam, the National Trust, The WI and Christian Aid – which will turn hearts green this February, inspiring the British public to ‘show the love’ for all they hold dear but could lose to climate change. The campaign is calling for 100% clean energy within a generation.
In the run-up to Valentine’s Day, designers from Wayne Hemmingway to Celia Birtwell, school children, artists, Premier League football clubs, churches, arts institutions and businesses will make, wear or share green hearts to kick start conversations about the things they love and want to protect. Green hearts will also appear in unexpected locations – from playgrounds to mountainsides, football pitches to beaches.
Jeremy said: “So much we love is still under threat from climate change. December’s historic agreement in Paris might lead some people to believe that the job is done – but Paris simply set the direction of a journey we must now all take together.
“I took part in this film to show my love for the world that climate change threatens. My grandchildren won’t be safe and secure unless we take proper care of our one and only planet.”
Maxine added: “This film is a celebration of the bonds between us and the world that sustains us. Climate change is hitting the world’s poorest people first and worst – so we owe it not just to our own families, but to families everywhere, to act fast to protect them.
“75% of people in the UK support renewable energy – but only 9% think there is that much backing for change. By watching and sharing this film, we can spread the message that if we act together, it’s not too late to build a cleaner, fairer future.”
SHE calls the Royal Exchange Theatre her second home, but Bolton actress Maxine Peake is usually treading the boards there, not selling the Big Issue outside it.
Maxine was selling the magazine as part of a campaign to support its sellers who are homeless.
The star, who won rave reviews for her performances in Hamlet and The Skriker at the theatre in Manchester was one of a number of celebrities to take part in the magazine’s Vendor Week campaign.
It also featured poet Lemm Sissay, who crew up in care in Leigh and Atherton and is now the chancellor of the University of Manchester, radio DJ and Inspiral Carpets keyboardist Clint Boon and Tony Lloyd, the interim Greater Manchester Mayor.
They all spent an hour selling the Big Issue in Manchester city centre to find out what it is like for the magazine’s regular sellers.
Maxine said it was “really hard” but an enjoyable experience to spend time with seller Monica, who she has met before while performing at the theatre.
She said: “It was fun, it was great to spend time with Monica, who is a Big Issue seller outside the stage door at the Royal Exchange, who I’ve known for a few years.
“People ignoring you and blanking you or looking at you quite disgruntled is quite a difficult thing. I did it for about an hour and I know Monica does four or five hour shifts. It’s destroying in some ways.
“People were lovely as well, so you’ve got that mix, somebody being a bit grumpy and then somebody being absolutely, so its quite difficult.”
Watch this short behind the scenes of a special new film, ‘I wish for you…’
‘War Horse’ author Michael Morpurgo and actors Jeremy Irons and Maxine Peake have joined forces to make a powerful new 5 minute film especially for you.
It’s part of the #showthelove campaign: show your love this Valentine’s Day and let’s protect the life we love from climate change.
Sign up now to be the first to watch when it launches in just a few days time: www.showthelove.org.uk