Managers Blog 28th February
This week saw Space2Create host an exhibition by three artists not directly connected to Space2Create for the first time. Most of our exhibitions have been based around service user work or projects. At first glance one might wonder why. On closer inspection however the motivation and inspiration by some of the paintings completely fits in with the S2C remit of promoting artists creating despite an illness or disability. Some of the images of Scouts Scar have been painted using inspiration of visits but combined with an emotional response to the location and the artists motivation in painting. Dark thoughts emerge and a sense of a troubled mind are represented in metaphor by the dark and complex compositions.
Other benefits arise from such exhibitions. Inspiring our service users and showing them different styles of painting is a massive part of this exhibition. We have always found that our service users take a great deal from experiencing a piece of art in the flesh rather than in pictures where they can see and witness the colours and textures. Inevitably they interpret images through their own experiences and this triggers stories and enables people to talk.
We are also inspired by the works on show. This exhibition of Scouts Scar images has already inspired some service users to walk up the Scar for themselves which immediately puts them on the path to one of the ways to wellbeing. We are looking at organising some group visits up there and creating artwork of our own to show the Scar from another perspective.
Finally, holding an exhibition like this brings us to the attention of a whole new group of people. More people to share the pleasure of how creativity can help troubled individuals and the work we do. If you have or know anyone who has an idea for an exhibition that would fit in with our purposes then do get in touch and we will have a look at your proposal.
This week at S2C:
The group were experimenting trying to draw ribbons and material. Some were also preparing for an activity on Thursday by ripping towels into strips ready to make something out of.
After our visit last week to the museum researching the yards our writing session leader Maggie went on an open day at the Brewery about writing plays for yarns in the yards. Today, with better insight of what was wanted, the group was developing characters and starting to collaboratively construct a play to submit.
The DeafArt Group were having lots of chat alongside creating pictures with their fingers. Messy but fun.
The group started making small mats from towels. The towels were cut into inch strips. These were then platted in sets to form long strands. These were then down together to form a mat. Others worked on their own projects to create mixed media pictures.
The group worked on mixed media images today for a special book project. Using various cut out shots of Kendal they used pen, collage, watercolour and inks to create varied Kendal scenes. Enjoyable and fun session for all.
A good evening for the preview of ‘Scar’. Plenty of people and some sales. Everyone was really impressed by the exhibition. Great to see Deputy Mayor Stephen Coleman and chat about the work done by S2C as well as supporting the three artists Tony Birchwood, Helen Isaac and Tim Lesson.