We were delighted to have an Independent Arts tree at Brighstone Christmas Tree Festival in December 2010, decorated on the theme of Singing for the Brain.
£500 for Singing for the Brain on the island was raised by the Sounds Lively Community Choir, who performed a Midsummer Celebration of Song, Strawberries and Sunshine at Carisbrooke Priory in June 2010.
Sounds Lively Community Choir has been going for eight years on the Isle of Wight, led by Natural Voice Practitioner, Maggie O'Connor. The choir's repertoire includes songs from all over the world, from Georgian hymns to Irving Berlin, Kenyan greetings to Maori love songs.
In the summer of 2010 Independent Arts ran a series of workshops for people who would not normally be able to access specialist art and photography tuition. The project was funded by the West Wight Landscape Partnership.
Participants recorded the landscape and images of six locations in the West Wight including Brighstone Village and Yarmouth Town.
The group exhibition featured the work of members from John’s Club, Residents of Porter Court, Ainsworth Court and The Adelaide and was exhibited at Freshwater Library in early 2011.