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Crafting Relationships

Posted by on Dec 12, 2016 in Blog |

Crafting Relationships, our intergenerational strand of work, has been running since 2012.   Spinney Hills radio pay April – June 2017 Writer facilitator and Beauty and Utility Arts Associate, Katie Sone worked with a group of year 7 students from Al Aqsa school and the Leicester Ageing Together elders group at Highfields Community Centre in Leicester to produce a collaborative radio play. Huge thanks to MGL Media for recording the play and talking us through the techy bits! Click on the link to hear their masterpiece! http://www.beautyandutilityarts.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Spinney-Hill-Park-Play-V1.mp3                      ...

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Age Uk – Arts and Dementia workshops

Posted by on Nov 17, 2014 in Recent work |

Age Uk – Arts and Dementia workshops

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Books in Prisons – changes to the Incentives and Earned Privileges scheme

Posted by on Jul 14, 2014 in Blog |

Books in Prisons – changes to the Incentives and Earned Privileges scheme

Changes made to Incentives and Earned Privileges for prisoners has sparked a huge response from artists, writers, charities, academics, ex prisoners and many many others over the last week. One implication of these changes is that prisoners can no longer be given books or art materials from outside prison, unless they earn or are given the money to buy them. On all sides of this debate there is agreement that books and basic art materials, such as paper and pencil, are essential for all prisoners – not least because they support safe imprisonment and effective rehabilitation. Koestler Trust statement Feelings run high around these issues, so I can only speak from the perspective of one individual who set up a Social Enterprise four years ago with one main aim – to develop and manage creative projects with social benefits. Over the four years I’ve worked with a wide range of individuals, groups and organisations all in need of some inspiration, motivation and support to get their message out there or just to improve their own private wellbeing. In 2012 we partnered on the My Living Voice: Project which aimed to highlight the lived experience of the judicial system by ex- offenders, using arts workshops, materials and art work to raise awareness of issues and barriers faced with resettlement. The project culminated in a very professional exhibition containing some incredible artwork. Yes, this was a community based arts project, but all our participants were self taught in prison and in many cases it was art that gave them the strength to make changes and get through. Now, each to their own, but I’d like to share a little bit of the feedback from that project and I hope my standpoint on this news issue is clear. “Prior to prison I had little if no experience of art in the practical sense, and never really contemplated that it would form such a major part of my life. I have received no professional guidance and am completely self taught. I only wish that I had found art earlier in my life. The feeling of tranquillity that I experience when absorbed in this form of expression is to me unique it’s as though I have been granted a new sense of life. I am constantly learning and very much at the commencement of my journey. Through the “My Living Voice” art group I have been able to expand my comfort zone and have been able to push my boundaries into new materials, methods and disciplines. I have so many new avenues to explore.” A – member of the Art Group Outcome: Increased confidence and well being in participants. Increased skills development in participants. “The project has given me a focus – something to achieve and helped me get back into something I haven’t done for a while. It has given me a chance to look back at my life and get things in perspective. Also it ties in with the fact that I am going into...

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Points of Interest: Art on the Move

Posted by on Jun 5, 2013 in Blog |

Points of Interest: Art on the Move

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...

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Making birds

Posted by on Apr 30, 2013 in Blog |

Making birds

At the moment I’m working with two groups on a piece of alcohol misuse animation as an awareness tool for secondary school children. As part of the project we asked participants if they had much experience of creating artwork and there were a couple in the room accessing art classes, but the majority hadn’t done anything since school, but wanted to! So, we took a week out to try our hand at making some birds and here are a few photos …    ...

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