"Leicester is my home city and has a special place in my heart... I love Leicester’s diversity, inclusivity and the way the city opens its arms to all forms of culture"
What do you do?
I run The Curator-Educator Ltd, which is a creative business that designs, develops and delivers creative opportunities through workshops, exhibitions and community projects, that is accessible, inclusive and aims to open up a range of creative encounters for everyone in their own individual way.
At the moment I am running weekly Crafternoon: creative wellbeing sessions online to help support people’s emotional wellbeing. Each week we explore a new craft skill and make something together, chat and share our week over a cuppa. I try to make the sessions very relaxed and they are very much whatever people want from them. I will always encourage creativity, but if you don’t fancy making something and want to have a cup of tea, chat with people and watch what’s happening, that is absolutely fine. For me it's about providing a safe space and warm welcome.
How did you get to where you are?
I come from an arts and education background and have over 10 years experience working in both the creative and educational sectors. I have worked in a variety settings including mainstream and special education schools, museums and galleries, arts organisations and community and public spaces in a variety of roles over the years.
The first-hand experience of working in so many different environments has been invaluable, I have been able to work and collaborate with people of a variety of ages, backgrounds and cultures with a variety of learning needs has broadened my awareness of how art can impact upon audience in a multitude of ways and to this day it influences the way I work and is a something that motivates me.
Why do you love what you do?
I love what I do, because I love being creative in a variety of ways. I am interested in coming up with new ideas, experimenting with new techniques and learning new ones from others and I am passionate about sharing those experiences with others and seeing other people’s creativity come alive.
I truly believe the arts are magic, they can be accessed in so many different ways and there are no boundaries or barriers to what you can do or how something can be done and can have a positive impact on someone's life, which is so powerful.
Why are you based in Leicester?
Leicester is my home city and has a special place in my heart. Having grown up here I have seen and experienced first hand the wide variety of creativity activity and opportunities available to everyone from theatre, to music and the visual arts there is so much going on in Leicester and it's fantastic to be a part of that!
I love Leicester’s diversity, inclusivity and the way the city opens its arms to all forms of culture, it's a very special thing and brings creative vibrancy to the city!
In the next couple of weeks I’m actually going to be launching something new! Craftbox! This is going to be a series of creative craft kits that you can buy and do at home, with a little extra added help from myself online if needed! They will be available to buy through my website at www.sophiakyprianou.com very soon!
I’m also working on a Crafternoon version for people in the community to expand the Crafternoon experience and further support people with their emotional wellbeing. These kits will be distributed for free to those most in need and a limited number kits will be available to buy also at a small cost.
So if any local organisations and individuals would like to support this or feel they know people who would benefit from these kits, please get in touch!
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