Anyone who ever came to Arts For All - or who met us whilst we were on one of our many adventures - knew Brian Carter. He was The Godfather, Grandfather and friend of us all and when he died on Sunday 2nd April we all went into a state of complete shock. At the time of writing it has still not really sunk in.
In early March 2002 I was sitting in my office trying to get my head around the fact that we had just set up a new charity - Arts For All and had started small, with a 10 week photography course. We had interviewed tutors and had a class of 12. All was going well. The phone rang. It was a gentleman asking if he could join the group and, although the class was officially full I automatically said YES! It was none other than Mr Brian Carter and so our great friendship began.
Brian became the resident photography teacher, computer genius, expert on pie and mash cafes and steak and kidney pudding and the authority on the correct pronunciation of various words!!!!! He spent many happy hours up in AFA with me and with his many friends there. He would be chatting to the guys or tinkering with the computers, or getting us an amazing deal on Ebay for something!!
At Arts For All we go on many trips and can often be found out and about, in and out of London. Brian was always with us. We have had several memorable trips to Margate and when we are there this July we will miss him desperately. Last year, on our wonderful holiday to Devon, Brian was amazing. After only a few hours he was on first name terms with nearly every guest and staff member and with a cheerful 'babe' or 'mate' he endeared our whole group to everyone. He made friends wherever we went but it was within the walls of Arts For All that he had the best ones. We were a second family to him and he was, without question, the head of this crazy family!
Lastly, but for me most important, Brian meant everything to me. In many ways we were soulmates. We spent so much time together and he treated me as if I was an extra daughter. Everyone always commented how much Arts For All did for him and meant to him. What no one ever really knew was how much Brian did for ME. He supported me unconditionally and never judged me. We did not always agree on everything but we completely respected each other and, above all else, we were great friends. THANK YOU BRIAN for everything. I love you and, alongside your Arts For All family, I will miss you forever.
All my love,
Arts For All is a community creative centre based in Shoreditch in the East End of London. We run creative clubs for local people and aim to build confidence through creative achievement. Our exciting clubs for adults and children incorporate many different art forms and materials.
At Arts For All we believe that if you introduce an element of creativity into a person’s life, then it will positively affect every area of their lives. In reference to “Every Child Matters” we are concerned with every aspect of the welfare of the people who attend Arts For All. Ideally, everyone should have these opportunities and at Arts For All we provide creatively based, good quality projects for the whole community. Discover More →
Our work with local children is at the heart of Arts For All. The area we are in is full of diversity and at Arts for All, children from all different backgrounds and cultures mix together happily in our creative environment.Discover More →
From life drawing to textiles-based arts and crafts groups, our classes are all run by an enthusiastic and dedicated team. We run classes open to all adults of various backgrounds and abilities as well as classes for adults with learning disabilities.Discover More →
At Arts For All we frequently go to schools, nurseries, hospitals and community centres, running all types of creative projects. These will be a one off session or a series of sessions to complete a specific project.Discover More →
I like the fact that my children get the opportunity to work and play among such a diverse group of people which includes special needs adults and adult volunteers from the community.
Arts For All, and Caroline who runs it, were always there telling me that I was capable and even offered revision classes for us when we were struggling. As well as all the fun and creativity Arts For All is unique because they care about everyone as individuals.
I have personally witnessed the passion, commitment and love the staff show the children who attend, and the results are palpable; every club is full, and I have watched individual children radically improve their outlook, aspirations and educational attainment.
Without groups like this, and wonderful people like Caroline and her team the community would be a colder and less colourful place to live in. These times we live in, no one seems to have any time. Caroline has created a safe and happy place where everyone is welcome and everyone is equal, and you can relax, interact and enjoy your creative side.
We are indebted to Arts for All for providing a safe and happy place for our children to learn, guided by a knowledgeable team who is dedicated to putting children’s wellbeing first.
Arts for All is about people, kids and adults, working together doing a creative activity, in a safe and happy environment, to build self-esteem and confidence. It helps reduce stress and promotes happiness. Arts for All provides special care for every person who attends. They know everyone individually and supports and loves them so that they can grow in confidence.
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