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The January Challenge

The January Challenge is 31 days of fun, quick and free creative prompts to kickstart your new year. In 2021, 50,000 people took part. 96% of 1000 people surveyed said it had a positive impact on their wellbeing.

The January Challenge  is 31 days of fun, quick and free creative challenges to kickstart your year. 

The January Challenge 2021 is now over – but don’t miss out! When you sign up for 2022, you’ll receive a special selection of past challenges to inspire your year…

 

In 2021 we worked with three brilliant collaborators – Lemn Sissay, Jess Thom (aka Touretteshero) and Yomi Adegoke. 

In the lead up to next year’s The January Challenge we are working with communities across the UK to help shape what happens in 2022. This is where you come in!

Have your Say

We are running free creative workshops over the Summer. Join us to meet new people, explore your creativity and Have Your Say on what a great January looks like.

What drives our creativity or inspires us, who has changed our thinking and who we would like to inspire?

We have created networking groups for people that we are particularly interested in hearing from, and hope that they’ll be a welcoming space for everyone to connect and get creative. 

Please choose which workshop you would like to attend, and feel free to select more than one. Please note that all workshops will be captioned, and we will invite you to fill in an Access Information form. 

If you can’t make a workshop, or would like to Have Your Say in a different way, click here

An orange graphic with white edges that have a ripped paper effect. In black bold text the graphic reads ‘A creative networking group, for men with Chris Rolls. July 28th | 5pm-6pm BST, Online via Zoom, Have Your Say on #TheJanuaryChallenge.’ There is a photograph in a circular frame of Chris Rolls.
A yellow graphic with white edges that have a ripped paper effect. In black bold text the graphic reads ‘A creative networking group, for people of colour with Michaela Tranfield & Yashoda Rodgers. August 11th | 5pm-6pm BST, Online via Zoom, Have Your Say on #TheJanuaryChallenge.’ There are two overlapping photographs in circular frames, one of Michaela Tranfield and one of Yashoda Rodgers.
A light green graphic with white edges that have a ripped paper effect. In black bold text the graphic reads ‘A creative networking group, for Disabled people with Jess Thom aka Touretteshero. August 4th | 10am - 1pm BST, Online via Zoom, Have Your Say on #TheJanuaryChallenge.’ There is a photograph in a circular frame of Jess Thom.
A lilac graphic with white edges that have a ripped paper effect. In black bold text the graphic reads ‘A creative networking group, open to all with Jemima Frankel & Yashoda Rodgers. July 21st | 5pm-6pm BST, July 22nd | 12pm-1pm BST, Online via Zoom, Have Your Say on #TheJanuaryChallenge.’ There are two overlapping photographs in circular frames, one of Jemima Frankel and one of Yashoda Rodgers.

What happened in 2021?

In the 2021 programme we worked with three brilliant collaborators – Lemn SissayJess Thom (aka Touretteshero) and Yomi Adegoke to create and curate the programme from hundreds of your challenge ideas. Over 50,000 people took part and 96% of 1000 people surveyed said that it had a positive impact on their wellbeing. 

A picture of Lemn Sissay, a black man with a short afro, sitting in front of a red brick wall with his hands toegther. He is wearing a blue jacket.

 

 

 

Lemn Sissay

Lemn Sissay is a BAFTA nominated award winning writer, international poet, performer playwright, artist and broadcaster.  

‘Creativity is not the monopoly of artists, it’s in all of us, it always was…it is in the mothers who have to negotiate their child’s wellbeing on a daily basis, it’s in the taxi driver who looks at the stars in the night sky and believes them to be miraculous. It’s in all of us!’ 

 

 

Yomi Adegoke

Yomi Adegoke is a multi-award winning journalist who is currently the woman’s columnist at The Guardian and the i paper. She is also co-author of the bestselling book Slay In Your Lane: The Black Girl Bible.

“Painting is one of the only things that I do for doing’s sake. The closest I ever came to making money off of my art was decorating my classmates textbooks with Disney princesses for a small sum in year eight.”

A picture of Yomi Adegoke, a black woman with shaved hair, weating a blue and white polkadot dress. She is standing and looking into the camera.
A picture of Jess Thom, a white woman with short curly brown hair in front of a brick wall. She is wearing a blue and pink fluffy jumper and is sat in her wheelchair.

 

 

Jess Thom, AKA Touretteshero

Writer, artist and part-time superhero, Jess Thom co-founded Touretteshero as a creative response to her experience of living with Tourettes Syndrome.

Jess uses her tics as a source of imaginative creativity, and you can find her speaking about turning her Tourettes into art here

‘Changing the world one tic at a time!’ 

What is a Creative Challenge?

Here are some examples; pretend you’re the world’s greatest songwriter, what’s the opening line of your next hit song? Can you take a photograph of something small, to make it look big? Can you draw 5 faces in 5 minutes? 

A creative challenge is a playful prompt to inspire accessible creative action. Challenges are varied and explore all sorts of creative forms from dancing to writing and building to exploring.

A challenge should take you no longer than 5 or 10 minutes, and shouldn’t require any materials that you aren’t likely to have around you. 

Every year, we crowdsource the challenges – meaning all of the ideas you’ll be sent in January have been thought up by a member of the public!

Improve employee engagement and support wellbeing with The January Challenge.

Boost collaboration, connection and creativity for your staff, visitors, students and patients. 

All challenges are free to take part in. They encourage self reflection but also connection to the community and teamwork.

 

Schools, Libraries and Care Providers can download a free support pack

Get your workplace together, and getting creative with our free support pack! 

Use the 2021 Challenge pack as a free resource for your community. 

  • All of the challenges from the 2021 programme
  • Downloadable marketing and comms resources 
  • Accessibility and Facilitation Guides
Free download for Schools, Libraries and Care Providers below!

We offer bespoke support to larger workplaces

Workshops, 1-2-1 support, bespoke challenges – we co-create offers bespoke to your organisation.

Previously reported benefits include improved wellbeing, better motivation and concentration, group cohesion, employee engagement and reduced sick days.

Get in touch at jemima@64millionartists.com to see how we could work together. 

The January Challenge 2020 -Impact Report
I found that the challenges affect my thinking in a positive way and I am more inclined to improvise, experiment and bring fun into whatever tasks I am involved in. Whether I'm problem-solving, planning what to make for tea, choosing clothes, or whatever else I'm dealing with, I seem to have more creative energy when I'm doing this challenge..."
Participant in The January Challenge 2020