Our Work Of Art 2018 – 2019
Our Work of Art is a community art project which is inspiring older people as volunteers and participants in socially engaged creative practice. Adopting an Artists Collaborative Approach to deliver Community Arts is strengthened by partnership working using my skills as a photojournalist, together with a fine artist, potter and a therapeutic ceramicist.
A co-curated public exhibition ‘Our Work of Art 2018-With These Hands’ was held at Garage Coffee, Jewry Lane, Canterbury, from 18-31st March 2019. The celebration events, with the ceramic mural centre-pieces and my photographs of the creative volunteers who supported older people in the ‘Our Work of Art 2018’ project were a great success. Over 300 people visited the exhibition and project volunteers from Herne Bay, Whitstable and Canterbury greeted people, explaining the delight and pride they saw in the older people, many living with dementia, who they supported throughout the project.
Our Work of Art 2018-With These Hands is a social documentary photography record of the “Our Work of Art Project” and I developed and edited the photobook together with a team of creative volunteers. Everyone involved in the project will receive a copy of the book and it is hoped will also inspire arts and wellbeing commissioners, artists, volunteers and participants.
A new Creative Quality Evaluation Tool was used to reflect on quality and Our Work of Art builds on the successful LAPWING project, which I also recorded and documented. Project activity is for the community and highly skilled artists are training and mentoring the volunteers in creative activities. This reflects the energy and qualities of older people engaged in group creative-making sessions in Age UK centres. The legacy will be highly motivated, upskilled volunteers, inspired to lead future quality group creative-making.
Kent Arts & Wellbeing with Espression Arts Community Interest Company are helping vulnerable people to achieve the best art they can and enhance quality in creative work for all.
Our project key collaborators and partners are
- Espression Arts CIC
- Age UK Canterbury
- Age UK Herne Bay & Whitstable
- Arts Council England
- The National Lottery Awards for All Fund
- Canterbury City Council
- Kent County Council
- Kent Community Foundation
- Lawson Endowment for Kent
- Pargiter Trust