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Spider Project 

Spider Project is based in Hamilton Street in Birkenhead. Born out of a group of writers and musicians, and artists, Spider Project have been the flag bearers for the use of Creativity and Culture since day one. The project started back in Liverpool 2002 but opened its doors on the Wirral in 2007 with one member of staff. Today, the project employs 7 core staff, 18 sessional workers and 30 volunteers.

In 2018, the project received the honour of being named overall winners of the Liverpool City Region Community Arts and Music awards. 2019 sees the project being shortlisted to recognise the use of Creativity & Culture to effect and engage people in education and learning.

In 2020, Spider Project will be creating 2 brand new creative spaces. One new additional space in Wirral aimed at people in crisis and one in the City of Chester. These new spaces will continue with Spider Project’s philosophy of Creative Recovery…. Working with the person and not the label given to them by society.

With a core belief in Creativity as a key driver to improve connection, health and wellbeing, the project works with people overcoming addictions as well as those struggling with poor mental health or who are simply isolated and lonely.

As a Creative Recovery project, Spider runs over 40 creative and educational weekly sessions and workshops. These include a plethora of art sessions, photography, drama and film production to name but a few. These have culminated in several successful exhibitions, films and requests for help from other artists and organisations across the borough.

Spider houses its very own music studio where people can learn music production and recording techniques, singing and guitar lessons as well as percussion and drumming workshops.

The majority of Spider Project courses are accredited through an Open Awards programme and many people have gone on to further education at college or university after being a member of Spider.

In their own words

“It was a big step to come through the door but as soon as you do the Spider Community makes you feel welcome and encourages you.

There is no judgement of you or your situation and there are so many great opportunities offered to you to try new things and find who you are and what you want to do in life”

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More examples of completed artwork from those who attend Spider Project classes