Art in the Community
As an art educator and artist I work with various organisations to help provide exciting and stimulating art projects for children and young people. My aim is to encourage participants to explore their own way of expressing themselves through art activities. The emphasis is on inclusion, community or Internationally-themed projects, building self-confidence, gaining an understanding of the possibilities of art in terms of wellbeing and career options and learning about techniques and materials.
Credit: Alice Hendy Photography
I have a new role at the RWA (Royal West of England Academy), Bristol as a Freelance Facilitator. I will be running 'Happy Mondays' workshops for children from Venturers' Academy and Briarwood School from May 2022.
Pre-project workshops took place at Venturers' Academy in June 2021
Kandu Arts is based in Chippenham, in Wiltshire, and has worked since 1998 with communities, often the most marginalized and hardest to reach up and down the country.
Their approach, which uses arts and activities - music, film, visual arts & sport - as a means to explore a wide range of issues when combined with nurturing strong relationships, is highly effective in areas of engaging the disaffected, increasing community cohesion and development.
Kandu work with families, young people, communities, decision makers, politicians, schools and just about every agency through delivery of an alternative provision package for young people who are not in school, bespoke projects for communities and businesses, residentials, holiday and after school clubs, family support, events, consultation and training.
I have worked with Kandu on many occasions over the last ten years and fully support all the wonderful work they do.
During Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 I ran art workshops at the Kandu S.H.O.P (Social Hub of Positivity) in Chippenham.
The workshops were for anyone who wanted to take part, observe or even just to have a chat. The aim was to create a piece of abstract art using a variety of techniques including printing and collage and just to enjoy the process rather than focusing on the outcome. Many touching stories were heard over the course of the week; it was lovely to see people engaged in creating, some of which had never created a piece of art before.
Share the Love
Art workshops 7-10th February 2022
Free workshops held at the Kandu S.H.O.P, Chippenham for the local community. Participants were able to create a piece of art for a loved one, a Valentine's card, contribute to a collaborative piece or write words of positivity to add to our 'Kindness Tree.'