Our Work Of Art 2018

Our Work of Art is a community art project which is inspiring older people as volunteers and participants in socially engaged creative practice. Kent Arts and Wellbeing with Espression Arts Community Interest Company are developing volunteers’ creative skills and confidence through diverse media to produce vibrant, group participant-painted, ceramic murals. Volunteers mentored in pottery studio practice will also co-curate a public exhibition of this work in Canterbury in 2019 and co- publish a photobook ‘With These Hands’. We are using a new Creative Quality Evaluation Tool to reflect on quality and Our Work of Art builds on the successful LAPWING project. 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.

A co-curated exhibition of these ceramic murals, artworks and photographs ‘With these hands’ and publishing a book of the project will inspire arts and wellbeing commissioners, artists, volunteers and participants. This great opportunity allows people to experience a range of creative techniques and methods, relevant to ceramic painting and clay working. -This a tactile expressive means for individuals who find holding brushes or pens difficult. The activities are encouraging creative participation of others to ‘have a go’ and gain technical skills and engage more professionally in artistic making. Working 1-2-1 the volunteers are encouraging experimentation and enjoying rich conversations about participants’ sense of place, what it means to them and what is special, remarkable and memorable.  Playing with ideas and creative thoughts for increased quality involvement and understanding all stages of the creative process and what it takes to make something happen is already happening in the sessions with participants that have taken place. People are exploring through simple figurative or abstract mark-making, illustration, fine drawing, stencilling, landscape imagery and portraiture. Volunteers are having a rare opportunity to engage in pottery studio practice, enhance their creative confidence and self and group reflection with a Creative Quality Evaluation Matrix.

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. Adopting an Artists Collaborative Approach to deliver genuine Community Arts is strengthened by partnership working with a highly skilled photojournalist, fine artist, potter and a therapeutic ceramicist.

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