It has been a busy few months at Arts Together. The groups are now taking a short summer break – which essentially means we get time to catch-up on all the office jobs we have been ignoring like; annual reports, accounts, admin, fundraising, writing this update, etc.
Meanwhile here is a glimpse of the creative activities in the groups since Easter – essentially 60 art sessions at 6 venues around Wiltshire. Hopefully you will get a sense of the creativity, enjoyment and continued support the sessions provide for our participants.
The group in Marlborough started back after Easter creating intricate designs to transfer onto glass. This was a challenging project but ultimately rewarding and resulted in some beautiful work.
On a roll, Marlborough members then got to grips with silk painting taking inspiration from the paintings of Georgia O’Keeffe.
When the Pewsey group gathered for their first session in April, one enterprising member had spent her Easter break making aprons for everyone! She even shared the pattern and instructions in case anyone else wanted to make some.
The aprons were immediately put to use as the members dived into the Aboriginal painting project for 5 weeks. These sessions proved to be very relaxing and at times the room was silent and filled with a positive energy as everyone became absorbed.
A short break in May and Pewsey members were back together illustrating their favourite poems and stories.
What is she doing with that screwdriver? Odd goings-on in Corsham. Puppet making with an edge! The Corsham group got stuck into the post-Easter sessions making puppets later to be used in a performance. The puppets are amazing and the little performance has been filmed (now out of post-production) and can be viewed here. https://www.artstogether.co.uk/bewitched-the-movie
This new project at the Trowbridge group exposed the members to the art of Picasso with the reaction below.
Getting stuck into making clay masks in the style of Picasso at the Trowbridge group. New challenges are always approached with enthusiasm and just a little trepidation. But a supportive environment, attentive artists and great volunteers enables everyone to shine.
Look at this lovely lot. The team from Trowbridge – driver, volunteers, artist and carer. Not much can happen without them and they work so hard to facilitate and support the members – and they are still smiling! (Not sure about the aprons though)
With only a brief break at half-term, Trowbridge participants moved seamlessly from Picasso masks to Giacometti figures with maybe a touch of Rodin and a twist of Degas thrown in! Some amazing little sculptures have been made. Belinda, the artist, commented: “Lovely to see the members’ surprise and pride as the project came together and they found they’d produced pieces of sculpture that were full of life and character”
Bradford on Avon
Meanwhile in Bradford on Avon the members seemed to find plenty to laugh at as they started on an illustration project.
In June we started a new sculpture project in Bradford on Avon. As the sessions progressed there were moments of quiet concentration and then periods of chatter and laughter and then the focus and concentration returned. These were magical times, being able to observe participants transported beyond their; worries, loneliness, aches and pains – and captivated by creating something that didn’t exist before. A demonstration of art impacting on health and well-being.
…and the outcome – some rather quirky and fun sculptures!
Mondrian, 1940s jazz, colour based geometric abstract painting. What’s not to like? This was the latest adventure for the Devizes group working with Sarah in May-June. At Arts Together we take art seriously – well not too seriously otherwise it wouldn’t be much fun. But doesn’t this just prove, it’s never to late in life to be creative and playful?
The second project in Devizes was making some wonderful mosaic covered boxes with the initial designs showing signs of being influenced by the previous jazz/abstract painting sessions.
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