Art on Prescription

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Card making in week three

Together with Little Bird, Beauty and Utility Arts recently collaborated on an Arts on Prescription evaluation project in North West Leicestershire. We are delighted to share our report conclusions with others in our sector, to further support the case for arts as a social prescribing tool for patients with low level mental health difficulties.

Art on Prescription North West Leicestershire, took place at Measham Medical Unit between April and June 2016, funded by the North West Leicestershire ‘Staying Healthy Partnership’ grant and provided structured Arts and Health interventions for twelve patients experiencing low level mental ill health across two six week blocks of workshops.

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Weaving in week 4

Using the Public Health for England, Arts for Health and Wellbeing evaluation guidelines (2016) for measuring outcomes, we used the WEMWBS, PHQ-9, GAD-7 scores and qualitative feedback, pre and post intervention and were able to demonstrate project outcomes as having a positive impact on the wellbeing of patients participating.

Click on the image below to read the report.

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Leicestershire and Rutland Heritage Forum Award

Within my role as Project Director at Cotesbach Educational Trust

(July 2014 – November 2016)

On the evening of Thursday 21st July, Cotesbach Educational Trust had the privilege of attending the Leicestershire and Rutland Heritage Forum & Leicestershire County Council Heritage Awards at the University of Leicester’s Museum Studies Department.

The whole evening was a celebration of the wide ranging heritage work taking place across our local communities and all those who dedicate their time, hearts and energies in each of the 40 + organisations represented within the forum.

Despite stiff competition, Cotesbach Educational Trust was thrilled to win an award in the ‘Bringing Heritage Alive’ category. Our winning project was ‘Re-Writing the Archives’, an Arts Council England and Leicestershire County Council funded project, working with local Director Chris Hill, which ran throughout 2015.

Over a chilly weekend in January five professional UK writers delved in to our unique archive and each produced a short audio drama based on their discoveries. Plays were recorded by a professional acting ensemble and aired at vintage tea parties and on a specially designed microsite.

Katherine Brown, Project Director at Cotesbach Educational Trust said: “The Trust is over the moon to have received an award. We have over 6000 documents preserved within our archive and every one of them has a story to tell. By working with experienced creatives we have combined heritage and the arts to bring alive our work for a whole new audience. ”

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Image from a ‘Re-Writing the Archives’ 2015 vintage tea party, courtesy of Cotesbach Educational Trust

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Working for an award winning charity

I have been working as Project Director for Cotesbach Educational Trust for just over two years now, in addition to running Beauty and Utility Arts, and just over a week ago, we won an award!

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Cotesbach Educatinal Trust is small charitable organisation in South Leicestershire, which comprises a Grade II listed Victorian schoolhouse and three adjacent buildings, set within the grounds of Cotesbach Estate. Our mission is to provide educational opportunities relating to environment, heritage and arts, using the land, local history and extensive family archive as the focus to ‘reconnect with place and land to develop skills for the future’. We live in a fast changing society; we endeavour to enable people to better understand their roots and discover from the past and the surroundings how to forge a more sustainable future.

On the evening of Thursday 21st July, Cotesbach Educational Trust had the privilege of attending the Leicestershire and Rutland Heritage Forum & Leicestershire County Council Heritage Awards at the University of Leicester’s Museum Studies Department.

The whole evening was a celebration of the wide ranging heritage work taking place across our local communities and all those who dedicate their time, hearts and energies in each of the 40 + organisations represented within the forum.

Despite stiff competition, Cotesbach Educational Trust was thrilled to win an award in the ‘Bringing Heritage Alive’ category. Our winning project was ‘Re-Writing the Archives’, an Arts Council England and Leicestershire County Council funded project, working with local Director Chris Hill, which ran throughout 2015.

LLR Heritage Awards 2016                                               Me with Chair of Trustees, John Turner

Over a chilly weekend in January five professional UK writers delved in to our unique archive and each produced a short audio drama based on their discoveries. Plays were recorded by a professional acting ensemble and aired at vintage tea parties and on a specially designed microsite, still accessible via the website www.cotesbachschoolhouse.org.uk

We have over 6000 documents preserved within our archive and every one of them has a story to tell, so winning an award for making our work available to a whole new audience was just fantastic!

Brand *new* Art on Prescription project

This coming Monday, Beauty and Utility Arts and Little Bird SOS will be starting a brand new partnership project.

Art on Prescription, funded by North West Leicestershire’s Staying Healthy grant, will run at Measham Medical Centre until June 2016, offering practice patients opportunities to join in one of two six week arts based projects, either via GP/IAPT referral or self referral.

Art on Prescription aims to create a safe, relaxed space for patients experiencing low level mental ill health to explore their creative side away from everyday worries and concerns.

Our project will be evaluated for efficacy and impact of arts based interventions for patients and staff within GP surgeries.

Launching our You Tube channel on Alcohol Awareness Week …

Beauty and Utility Arts now has a You Tube channel so we can share even more of our Arts and Health work with you.

The launch has tied in nicely with Alcohol Awareness Week ( 18th – 22nd November) and the release of a piece of work we’ve been busy with since the Summer on the topic of alcohol misuse.

Together with Lunchbox Films Beauty and Utility Arts worked with adults within council supported alcohol groups covering Hinckley and Bosworth, Oadby and Wigston to develop short film for selected local secondary schools. In addition we’ve produced a teacher’s pack for Key Stage 3 and 4 students.

‘By combining the knowledge and lived experience of all project partners and participants we hope we have produced a piece of animation and schools training pack designed to educate, stimulate independent thinking and encourage informed personal choices around the subject of alcohol misuse.’ Katherine – Director, Beauty and Utility Arts

We’re giving you advice based on our own real life stories.’  A 

Take a look at the video here and get in touch for further details about the pack or producing something similar for your own organisation.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGg4u6Qi4v4&feature=youtu.be

Libraries ain’t what they used to be ;o)

I love libraries.

The smell and feel of well handled books, the memories of visits as a child with hair still wet from the swimming baths, the potential for learning and discovering all come flowing back into my mind as I step into one.

Beauty and Utility Arts has been working closely with North West Leicestershire District Council on a number of arts and health initiatives recently and back on October we teamed up with Lisa Pidgeon of Little Bird School of Stitchcraft.

Lisa’s blogpost on her own website sums the whole experience up perfectly, so we hope you enjoy…

 

Wellbeing Hi-5 :: Bombing Coalville Library

Those of you that are regular readers of my blog will know that I am passionate about the relationship of arts/crafts and health and wellbeing.  I was lucky enough to be able to attend the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Conference in Bristol earlier this year and since then have been forging my career in this direction.
Throughout the month of October, Leicestershire (my home ground) is celebrating the ways in which the arts, culture and heritage contribute towards health and wellbeing.  The ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’ is used as a framework to deliver a programme of over 200 wellbeing events taking place across the shire.
In total I have been asked to deliver 3 workshops  for Creative Leicestershire and 1 workshop for Beauty and Utility Arts as part of the Wellbeing Hi-5 celebrations. This first session took place in Coalville library on 10th Oct.
Katherine Brown, from Beauty and Utility Arts, ran a session of papercrafts making bunting and flowers and, for the younger crafters, characters from Goldilocks and the Three Bears…

The Knitting Gurrillas of Birstall (KGB) were recruited to do a special yarn bomb and participants were invited to hide allsorts of little items on the bookshelves and between the pages of books.  Yarn bombing is a way of brightening up an area and, in the case of the KGB, making people smile…

Mr Hissing Sid liked the nature section…

The mice liked it in the children’s section especially the little dark corners…

The younger borrowers had fun yarn bombing…

And later we enlisted the elder borrowers to have a go at hiding woolly gifts between the pages of books.  Pink for pink lovers…

Bookworms for the classic readers…

Crafty bookworms for the craft lovers…

Since the workshop I have had a message from the library staff who to say that they have spotted people finding the knitted lovelies and that:
“It’s great to see the delight on their faces when they find something.  I hope it is bringing lots of smiles”
I think the KGB would agree that this is mission accomplished!

Creative Hinckley Members Showcase

Beauty and Utility Arts are lucky enough to be members of Creative Hinckley. Our office is based on Creative Hinckley’s Creative Corridor in the Atkins Building so we’re surrounded by fellow creatives each and every day.

As members of Creative Hinckley we were invited to take part in the Creative Hinckley Members Showcase that is currently being exhibited in the gallery. The exhibition was installed and opened to the public on 14th August and will remain open until 7th September, so wander on down and enjoy all of the fantastic work on show!!

Below are a couple of photos courtesy of Ed Brown taken on the 15th August at the exhibitions Private View. We hope you love them as much as we do!ImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

Thanks Ed!

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The Concordia Gallery

As part of my job at BUA I am in charge of the lovely little gallery space held at the Concordia just around the corner from our office and studio – since August 2012 I have been responsible for the organising and overseeing of the three exhibitions that began from January 2013.

It’s not always an easy job but it has been a lot of fun so far!

As I’ve already mentioned since January we have held three exhibitions; the first was with Jaswant Flora – an illustrator who graduated from University of Northampton in 2012 with flying colours, her work showcases intricate designs that make the viewer question the content and broader meaning, drawing on her Sikh upbringing and love of all things street art the work is truly unique and completely gorgeous!

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Next up we had Jane Neal, a more traditional artist working in water colours and producing some of the most stunning landscapes that I have ever seen!! Her work went up in the gallery in March and she sold several artworks in her eight week run!

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Come the end of April it was time to take down Jane’s work and introduce Zac Cummings droodles to the gallery space. Zac is in an incredibly talented young man who is still at college whilst making these colourful, quirky and full of character artworks. We extended Zac’s exhibition for a month so that Hinckley’s German twinned town Herford could see the work on their upcoming visit at the end of this month!

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In the coming months we have a further three artists’ works to look forward to – all like me have just graduated from De Montfort University and all produce amazing art that has had me awe-inspired for the past four years; they are, Miriam Duffield, Kerrie-Louise O’Donnell and Gemma Neilson.

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Miriam Duffield, 2012

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Kerrie-Louise O’Donnell, 2012

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Gemma Neilson, 2012

Their works vary hugely and I’m really excited for the gallery to host works showcasing colour, form, architecture and the habits of young girls on the internet in this “selfie” generation. Miriam’s work will be installed from July 29th until September 16th, Kerrie’s from September 16th until November 11th and Gemma’s from November 11th until January 6th!

 

If you, or anyone you know, is interested in exhibiting at the Concordia in 2014 here is all you need to know: you get to exhibit your work for eight weeks to the theatre’s staff and visitors and we don’t charge a penny for hire or commission on works sold – it is a great opportunity for emerging or studying artists to get their work and name out there! If you’re interested please email me at caitlin.beautyandutilityarts@hotmail.co.uk to get the ball rolling!

 

 

Caitlin

Points of Interest: Art on the Move

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Points of Interest: Art on the Move is an Arts and Health Walks project that for the past three months has met on a weekly basis to go out walking and produce some wonderful artworks.

With an emphasis on walking being good for mental health as well as physical health we visited Bradgate Park, Coventry Transport Museum, Hollycroft Park and Coalville’s Art Trail; along with the help of artist Julia Smith participants have produced artworks depicting the four walks whilst exploring different methods of art by using paint, pastels and print.

We are now exhibiting the group’s fabulous work in the Atkins Building’s reception area from June 7th until July 12th, we invite you to visit and enjoy the wonderful work made.

For more information on how to get to the Atkins Building please go to http://www.atkinsbuilding.co.uk/contact/

Check in again next week for photos, quotes and even an interview with artist Julia Smith as we celebrate Points of Interest and the unveiling of some lovely art!