Another week has gone by with it’s usual collection of mini crisis, visitors and reward. All of this can be very draining for those few who take overall responsibility for the smooth running and working of a small charity like ours. At times we are very close to breaking point, pushing the boundaries of what we can achieve with limited resources. Success comes through not letting those who need what you offer know just how hard it is.
This is especially true as we approach an exhibition. In the last week and a half I have mounted, framed and hung over forty pictures alongside the admin, running sessions and being there to listen to people. I have had five visitors looking to develop links, hire rooms or use our services. In the absence of more volunteers who have those skills we need, it seems to fall to a few to plug the gap every time.
Again this week I have been hearing what a wonderful and creative place Kendal is to live. My fear is that many people do not appreciate the hard work and hours that go into delivering all that. Right from the big arts organisations, down through the festivals, artist groups, individual artists and charities. It takes funding, time and volunteers. Few people realise how precarious many of those creative charities are, surviving week to week to provide a high quality and valuable service to the vulnerable.
As we head into our two week summer break at Space2Create thoughts turn to relaxing, lounging around a bit. Maybe a spot of painting for pleasure…….or is that all just some kind of dream?
The 2Create group started a small project using a range of media today. The group looked at an artwork by Picasso and divided it into twelve squares. Each person took one of the sections. Everyone chose to do their section in a range of media so that when we join them up they form a mixed media large representation of the work.
Unity Art Group
The Unity Group had a look at the work for their part of the exhibition that opens on Saturday. Then we did some mixed media pieces about the benefits of being creative. First putting down a background layer, then selecting words and images to add. Finally we added extras and painted or drew lines to bring it all together.
Impact Housing Fair
Julie and Clare attended an event at the Lakes Foyer for Impact Housing residents. It was a chance to chat to people about what we did and our sessions.
Clare led the session and along with the usual free writing, writing ideas and warm ups the group had a go writing about something they are not.
An example from the session:
If spiders could tap dance,
Would they shuffle up to Buffalo
Or glide gracefully around the ballroom
With Gene Kelly or Ginger Rogers.
If spiders wore flippers on each of their 8!
Would they swim round in circles and be terribly late,
For their ballroom appointment with Gene or Astaire.
If spiders could love or croon sweet amour
Would they wear a carnation, sing ,”Je suis adore.”
To a gorgeous black widow
Who’d love him to death
Or something quite different, just sit in a web
Brooding in tap shoes and waiting to see
If a juicy young fly might swing by for tea.
We went ‘small’ this session, making tiny cards and books which are hidden within a card sleeve. We folded and glued the card to create the sleeve envelope. Using mixed media to decorate it enabled everyone to produce something unique to them. The cards within were also made personal and appropriate to each individual.
The DeafArt group has been quietly working in the background and forgetting to send us photos! They remembered this week which is a good reminder as the session leader Ant has his exhibition opening at Unit 31 tomorrow. The group have been experimenting using forks to create images which creates an interesting texture.
The group carried on with the group project from Tuesday where we had split a picasso painting into squares to do individually and larger in mixed media. Just two pieces missing now while we wait for them to dry! Ant was working on his own piece inspired by an image of a stone angel.