We have received funding for a new animation project with Ty Canna Mental Health Outreach Services in Cardiff. Our facilitators, Jane Hubbard and Katja Stiller, will offer weekly creative wellbeing sessions; listening to, sharing and working with participants over the next few months.
This project will help participants to find a more positive focus, to manage their life transitions, build creative coping strategies and, hopefully, reach calmer waters.
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.
The great news for Breathe Creative is that we have been successful in our bid to The National Lottery Community Fund – we have been funded nearly £10,000 for our project ‘Beyond the Label’, working creatively and using Arts for Wellbeing.