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How can your business support Rowan?

Check out our new Business Engagement page on our website that breaks down how you and your business can support us! ‘It has been such a pleasure working with Rowan and getting to know the student artists. There are so many ways to get involved through events, fundraising and volunteering. It’s not just about giving money.’ Samantha Shaw, Associate Solicitor, Irwin Mitchell 2018
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We reached the beach!

We reached the beach! On the 10th July 67 student artists, staff, volunteers, carers and parents took over Southwold pier to celebrate 35 years of Rowan. Student artists have been fundraising since May to reach the beach with many different events from collecting clothes, a raffle at Chesterton’s community fun day, our annual sponsored walk as well as kind donations. ‘The beach was brilliant’, said student artist Imogen, ‘My favourite bit was having lunch with my friends and playing games on the beach. We had fish and chips with ice cream for pudding.’ ‘My favourite part of the day was
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Collaborative community project unveiled!

Collaborative community project unveiled! Working alongside The Friend’s of Sheep’s Green and students at Newnham Croft Primary School, Rowan has been involved in an exciting community project to create a new welcome sign for Sheep’s Green Learner Pool. Some of you may have already seen this in the making in a previous blog post. On Monday 29th July everyone came together to unveil the sign in the sunshine! Friends of Sheep’s Green Chair, Dani Redhead, has led the project along with a number of other supporters and was there to unveil the sign. She said, ‘It has been a fantastic, truly
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Walk for Rowan success!

Walk for Rowan success!         This month our student artists completed three days of sponsored walking covering an amazing 171 miles between them! This annual fundraiser took place at Midsummer Common and was to raise money for a trip to Southwold, on Wednesday 10 July, to celebrate 35 years of Rowan. It was a huge success with 50 student artists, volunteers and staff taking part.  ‘We couldn’t believe our luck with the weather!’, comments Communications Ambassador Hetti Wood. ‘The student artists worked so hard to complete as many steps as possible over the hour each day and we finished the week
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No ordinary sign…

No ordinary sign… Before Christmas we started a new and exciting project to create an entry sign and noticeboard for Sheep’s Green Learner Pool in Cambridge. This community project, working alongside The Friends of Sheep’s Green and students at Newnham Croft Primary School, focuses on the observations of wildlife from the area and the history of the site. Fun fact: Charles Darwin and Leonard Jenyns,  an important 19th century naturalist, are linked to the site through their interest in beetles in the Cambridgeshire area which has also been incorporated into the design. Russell Cuthbert, Wood Tutor at Rowan, filled us
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Success for ‘Cambridge Seen’

Success for ‘Cambridge Seen’ Cambridge artists and Rowan student artists have helped us raise £5,500 – with potentially more to come! The ‘Cambridge Seen’ exhibition, held at Long Road Sixth Form College last weekend, proved a major success with 170 works of art up for sale.  Rosalind Morgan, chair of Rowan Trustees, said: ‘We have been overwhelmed by the support we received from the artistic community for this, our first, exhibition. From a blank canvas to a significant fundraising total is an amazing achievement. We are so touched that so many people rallied to our cause.” Funds came from two
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Connecting Communities the story so far…

Connecting Communities the story so far! Over the last few months we have been busy with our Connecting Communities project that has been funded by the A14 Community Fund through Cambridgeshire Community Foundation. Working alongside Milton County Park and Hinchingbrooke Country Park our student artists and the surrounding communities have been working collaboratively with Rowan’s ceramic art tutor Sarah Nibbs to create two public art installations. After visiting both parks to get inspiration for the installations we decided to build two huge dragonflies, due to them being present at both parks! Sarah got to work with the student artists back at Rowan: ‘We had
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Rowan’s Forest School adventure has begun! 

Rowan’s Forest School adventure has begun!  For six weeks throughout the summer Rowan is running workshops every Friday for our students in the woods at Cowhollow Forest. This is a new adventure for Rowan to give our students the opportunity to get out and about and learn new skills.  On Friday 13th July we sent along Femke Buitelaar who joined Rowan for a week of work experience. She took the camera and was able to report back on the day! Read all about it here: Forest School Fun Femke also put together a short video which will be available very soon! 
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Super Fundraisers!

Super Fundraisers!  Rowan is lucky enough to be chosen as Charity of the Year for Irwin Mitchell’s Cambridge office. Since January they have organised a variety of events and activities to raise money for Rowan. In the last month they have jumped out of a plane and completed a Tough Mudder!  In June Samantha Shaw and Katie Sinclair, jumped out of the plane at 10,000 feet above Sibson Airfield, Wansford.  The two were accompanied by Mirka Anderson, whose daughter, Emma, has been coming to Rowan for 12 years!  Samantha said: “Although I was very nervous in the build up to the
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Rowan Open Studios 2018

Rowan Open Studios 2018  We had a wonderful weekend for Open Studios on the 7th and 8th July. With lots of new faces through the door, artwork on sale and commissions being taken it was a lovely way to spend the weekend. A huge thank you to all of you who came along to support us. Thank you as well to our fantastic student artists, volunteers, staff and trustees who we would be lost without. Here is to another successful Open Studios weekend! 
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