We are happy to announce that we’ve been awarded funding for our exciting new Arts at Home mental health and wellbeing project from the MH Covid Response Grant.
This project is part of the Welsh Government’s COVID-19 response to the pandemic, supporting wellbeing through engagement with health boards, local authorities and the third sector.
During this project we will be connecting with people using creativity as a tool for increasing wellbeing, reducing social isolation and creating a gallery of work to help people express themselves and share their world with a wider community.
Gan ddymuno Nadolig Llawen iawn ichi a’ch teuluoedd a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda
Wishing you and your families a very happy Christmas and New Year
For a festive workshop with Ty Canna we designed a simple template of a house, so that each participant was then able to decorate it themselves, with an LED light to go inside, so the participants could carry their design to a small garden around the house. We spent a fabulous session talking about home, our lives and hopes for the future, whilst making our festive houses, all with much laughter!”
(Emma Jones, Arts Facilitator, Breathe Creative)
This year we have been been very lucky to have had the opportunity to share creativity with amazing people, with many challenges, working mostly on line and using creativity for wellbeing.
This has been such a hard year for everyone, but we have shared, laughed, cried, created, co-operated and connected.
Thank you to all our participants, funders, friends and partner organisations. We look forward to working with you in 2021.
Over a period of three months, from May to July 2020, service users met weekly online to create artwork and writing for an animation that reflects their lived experiences of mental health conditions.
The extra challenges of lockdown meant that collaborators weren’t able to meet in person, but this was overcome to produce this rich and wonderful collection of work, a selection of which was used by Jane Hubbard to create the animation.
As well as this, contributors worked with composer and sound artist John Rea to create individual sound pieces of themselves reciting their poetry, sometimes singing and playing instruments.
Many thanks to contributors: Jen, Judith, Nick, Sarah, Mandy, Maddy, Ellie, Kate
Special Thanks to Lewis Rigley and Ty Canna Mental Health Outreach Service
Facilitators: Katja Stiller and Sarah Featherstone
Animator: Jane Hubbard
Composer and Sound Artist: John Rea
We would like to thank the Lottery for financially supporting this project.
I am pleased to announce that I have received funding from the Arts Council of Wales‘ Stabilisation Fund for the project ‘Co-Creative Arts – A Work in Progress’. I will be working collaboratively with project development workers Katja Stiller (freelance Creative Expression Specialist) and Rhys Hughes (Counsellor/ Trainer/ Social Worker).
In this project we will be developing and exploring our Co-Creative Arts approach through experiential and sharing sessions with Community Artists and partners in Wales during, and coming out of, the Covid-19 Lockdown.
This such an important time of change and this project will form part of an exciting creative response within Community Arts in Wales. We will be questioning how we can best adapt our creative work and practice for the new ‘normal’ world of the future.
This will inform the development of our Co-Creative approach and we will be documenting how Community Artists are working in the current situation; their issues, concerns, creative solutions and what they might need in terms of support, safeguarding, training and their own wellbeing.
We are still connecting with people through our online arts projects and hoping to help lift moods and create calm during this odd and challenging time.
In this session our Art Facilitator, Emma, shows Iolo and his friends how to make Scratch Art. They use crayons, paper, paint and a scratching stick (or toothpick) to create cool, colourful and individual artwork.
We’ve been in lockdown for many weeks now in the UK and the world has changed beyond all recognition. We are still connecting with people through our online arts projects and hoping to help lift moods and create calm.
In this session our Art Facilitator, Emma, shows Iolo and his friends how to make a fish puppet with things they can find around the house.
We’ve been in lockdown for many weeks now and the world has changed beyond all recognition. In this odd time we are connecting with people through our online arts projects. Here are some photographs from people who we are working with – colleagues, communities, friends and families sharing what our lives are like at the moment.
In this strange time we are trying to connect with people through online arts projects. It is a vulnerable time for everyone. Here are some photographs from people who we are working with – colleagues, communities, friends and families sharing what our lives are like at the moment.
In this strange time we are trying to connect with people using online arts projects. In this session our Art Facilitator, Emma, shows Iolo how to make a collage with things we can find around the house.