Inclusive Arts Charity to Entertain at Volunteering Fayre

A local charity which promotes arts and culture for everyone will be taking to the stage at the Music Hall on Saturday 28th July 2012. T he charity, Mixed Fish, was formed earlier this year to encourage and enable local people with learning disabilities to take part in social, artistic and cultural activities.

What’s been happening with Mixed Fish?


January 2012

Celebrate Good Times: Mixed Fish becomes an official social enterpriseand registered charity WOO HOO!

February 2012

  • The Coalition: Mixed Fish are delighted to be part of the newly formed Aberdeen Arts Coalition (ACC) along with CREATE & MIXIT. The Aberdeen Arts Coalition is a multi agency arts partnership providing high quality activities with an emphasis on artistic expression. We are working together to improve and coordinate services and provide greater choice in the community for adults with additional support needs in the local area.
  • The Launch: The Coalition launched at The Citadel on Tuesday 21st February. Mixed Fish committee member Violet Allan gave the opening speech and kick-started a fabulous day. Tom Cowan from Aberdeen City Council came along and lent his support saying a few words about the Councils hopes for future provision in the city. Local North East artist & Mixed Fish partner Cath Roberts facilitated a workshop “Playing with Portraits”.  Our Wednesday Night Drama Group took to the stage for 3 dances. There was more entertainment from CREATE, MIXIT & Music4U including a chance for a chat in the Big Brother Diary Room. There was an opportunity to sign up to the subsidised taster sessions with a lot to choose from. Much more will follow from AAC.

March 2012

  • Aberdeen City Council Event: The service users and carers evening took place on the 14th March at The Beach Ballroom.  Mixed Fish Wednesday night drama group were performing as part of Aberdeen Arts Coalition.  At this event there was another opportunity to sign up to the subsidised taster sessions.Subsidised taster sessions have started.
  • Paper Chase: Paper making with North East artist Cath Roberts at Ferryhill Community Centre

April 2012

Further subsidised taster sessions:

  • Play it Shout it Sing it:  An introduction to music and voice with local musician and music tutor Carrie Anderson at Sheddocksly Baptist Church.
  • Come Dine with Me: An educational class with a dramatic twist with Philippa Roberts at Aberdeen Gallowgate College.
  • Colour me Bad: An introduction to colour with North East artist Cath Roberts at Ferryhill Community Centre.
  • SELF: Mixed Media Arts exploring identity with design graduate Rhiannon Wilmott Roberts at Ferryhill Community Centre.
  • Walk this Way & Grow your Own taster sessions rescheduled due to bad weather.

May 2012

Filming of the spoof Come Dine with Me at Aberdeen Gallowgate College with MIXIT’s Matthew Farley.

Subsidised taster sessions continue with the addition of;

  • Coalition the Stage Show: Performing Arts Group with Philippa Roberts & local composer and musician Ben McMillan at Aberdeen Gallowgate College.
  • Grow our Own; An introduction to landscaping and planting with Dr Joe Gibson, outdoor activities leader.
  • Walk this Way: Get fit, try some environmental art and make friends, with Dr Joe Gibson outdoor activities leader.

Decision taken to postpone Mixed Fish the Movie with Shmu fm until there is more time to dedicate to it and more people can get the opportunity to get involved.

June 2012

  • Working hard on musical accompaniment and songs for the Celebrate Aberdeen Parade. “Way o way o way o way. Way o way o way o way o way. We are Mixed Fish Fish We are Mixed Fish Fish.” “We are parading down Union Street Doo da Doo da.  We are Parading down Union Street Doo da Doo da Day. Celebrate all night Celebrate all day.  We are parading down Union Street Doo da Doo da Day!”
  • Sponsor News: Good news arrived that we were matched to sponsors for the Celebrate Aberdeen Parade. A big thank you to The Caledonian Thistle Hotel.
  • Extended Colour me bad sessions to work on developing painted paper fish and thistles for the Celebrate Aberdeen Parade.
  • Celebrate Aberdeen Parade: Big day comes 9th June and the rain can’t dampen our spirits. What a great atmosphere so pleased to be in it and the bonus… we are parading right behind our friends and co Coalition members MIXIT, not far behind are CREATE. So proud of all the guys who really worked hard to make the long walk down Union Street, but they did it and with style! Can’t wait for next year.
  • Party Time: The party to mark the end of Phase One for Aberdeen Arts Coalition is held at the Caledonian Golf Club. Great disco from CREATE and a sneak preview of the pop DVD by MIXIT. Mixed Fish participants did well in the raffle sweeping the 1st prize, a pre theatre meal for 2 at His Majesty’s and 2 tickets to sing along Abba. Also second prize, 2 fish & chip suppers from The Ashvale and many more small ones (no it wasn’t a fix)! Huge plates of stovies and great company all made for a wonderful end to the first phase.
  • Mixed Fish organised a service user survey to collect information of how well the first phase of the Coalition went and what we can learn from it and do more of or better than before. It’s important to us that we get the views of the people who use our service. If it wasn’t for you we wouldn’t exist, we need you to help us do the best we can and create the kind of opportunities you want. The results of the survey will follow in the next couple of months.
  • Animation Workshops: Started working in partnership with art graduate Edward Campbell a Mixed Media Artist from the central belt.  Edward’s particular interests are animation and fine art painting. Edward has joined us to provide animation workshops and his recent work with the group at Ferryhill Community Centre will be premiered at The ACVO Volunteer Fayre in July. The collaborative piece was designed to promote the changes with the Self Directed Support Bill and what we hope it will mean for people.