Timetable

MONDAY
Morning - Complex Needs Arts. 
Afternoon - Music Free for All.
TUESDAY
Morning - Songwriting Group.
Afternoon - Arts.
WEDNESDAY 
Morning - Sound Off (our self-advocacy group).
Afternoon - Video Drama.
THURSDAY 
A day for hanging out.
FRIDAY 
Morning - Music Appreciation..
Afternoon- Band Practice.


FULL DESCRIPTIONS:

MONDAY

 11.00 - 12.30 - Complex Needs Arts: Pretty much the same as Tuesday's group (see below) but with the focus on those who might need a bit of help to make their art. It's still open to all though it's just that we help each other out a bit more in this one.


2.00 - 3.30 - Music Free for All: A jam session with no particular agenda, this is the session where all our songs begin life so we encourage everyone involved to bring whatever they have - all styles and abilities are welcome, it's more about having fun trying new things and making a cathartic racket than trying to be note perfect.

TUESDAY
11.00 - 12.30 - Songwriting Group: In this group we work on our songs, we have a big gig coming up so we're currently working hard on getting new songs written and ready. 

2.00 - 3.30 - Arts: Warhol's factory wasn't half as busy as ours is - Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons are when we get into fine arts mode with the help of working artists Morag and Lena. The group is seriously into making art and we believe it's an(other) area we excel at. We sometimes have group projects if we're preparing for a themed exhibition or if we're checking out a new art style / technique but we mainly encourage artists to develop their own styles and ideas as we feel this is where the gold is. We are very proud of all our artists and hope to be publishing art books showcasing their work in the near future. You can check out examples of our artists work here on our ART blog.






WEDNESDAY


11.00 - 1.00 - Sound Off - This session is our self-advocacy/campaigning group in conjunction with Safety Net - It's a lively session and a chance to have a vent and find ways of having our voices heard.



 
2.00 - 3.30 - Video Drama: In this session we make our short weekly comedy film from scratch, the group starts with the group getting a plot together and once that's done we film it and then watch it back, all in one 2 hour session. The films we make are irreverent and up-front and we think they're very, very funny. The films are later edited and uploaded to Youtube - Here's one of our favourite episodes:


FRIDAY
11.00 - 1.00 - Music with Michael: Pretty much a musical appreciation group, we research different musics from all over the world and share our own favourites and sometimes break out the instruments and have a good ol' sing-song though we're generally singing Back in Black rather than Knees up Mother Brown.

2.00 - 4.00 - Band Practice: This is the session where we polish up our musical chops and work on getting our songs together, it's still open to all though as the Gate band doesn't have a fixed membership. We're currently working on honing some of our songs for a big performance in September and for upcoming recording sessions.