artsNK have been working alongside Transported to run a new Arts & Health project called Taking pART since the start of January. Held in Boston and Spalding libraries, the first sessions have been really successful, and further sessions are now planned from May to July 2016.
Workshop activities each last four weeks and so far have explored ways to be creative with maps and art journals working with paper artist Phiona Richards. Participants are reporting that the sessions are “fabulous” and “calming” with an atmosphere which is incredibly friendly and supportive.
The current block of sessions are with graphics, art and design artist Amber Smith who is leading a four week workshop programme exploring a range of visual arts practices including observational drawing, collage, mixed media and sculpture.
Two new artists, both locally based, have just been commissioned to deliver sessions from May to July. From 5 May, socially engaged artist Katie Smith’s activity ‘You Know More than you Think’ will unleash your own wisdom. Over the course of the four weeks you will work as part of a group to share the words and phrases that motivate you to do great things or just get through each day. Sessions will include collage and stitch.
Then from 2 June, Sue Rowland will be leading silk painting sessions for four weeks using local landmarks as inspiration, finishing with a block of four workshops using weaving techniques to create landscape pictures from 30 June.
All sessions are developed for complete beginners and are free including all materials. No experience is necessary – just curiosity and enthusiasm! Please visit our What’s On section for more details of each session.
If you wish to reserve a place or discuss the workshops further contact Marion Sander, artsNK Visual Arts Development Coordinator, on 07887574138 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
These activities are funded by the Mental Health Promotion Fund through the Managed Care Network and Transported, and are accessible to all members of the community, with a special emphasis to integrate those experiencing mild to moderate mental health issues. Art sessions such as these can really help by lowering stress levels, clearing the mind and creating a sense of calm. Mindfulness is a real buzzword of our times, and these workshops work in a similar way – focusing on doing something practical provides both a break from your thoughts and encourages creative thinking.