I was invited to offer a free expressive space at this festival by METALPeterborough @The Green Backyard, a wonderful community garden in the heart of Peterborough (you can see it as trains go through). I decided upon creating this vast chalkboard for all to offer firstly their biggest regret, and then their biggest wish. It was an evolving thing that offered individuality whilst awareness and influence of others....just like life and society. All people from all walks of life made their mark - it was a great day!
Art making Sessions @The Green Backyard
Keely Mills a local poet and theatre manager, commissioned me to add a specific type of art group to the catalogue on offer during Crafts & Conversations in May 2015. This was an afternoon space where I offered a wide range of art materials on various tables and in various ways to enable people who felt less able to join in with the other workshops and groups, the opportunity to come and make art. Daisy, a trainee Art Therapist from Oundle joined me. The sessions design was to encourage and invite people to do what felt right for them so as they could come, stay and maybe come back the next week. It was an atmosphere of acceptance for individuality and we met some great people - some young women and their support workers from SENSE, a young man with severe autism and various others with social anxiety and low confidence. Thanks for the opportunity Keely!
Presenting at the Museum Association's Glasgow Conference
Ali Coles and myself represented MAGSIG from BAAT at this Conference in 2016. I know, what a lot of meaningless letters! MAGSIG means Museum & Galleries Special Interest Group and BAAT is my professional Body called The British Association of Art Therapists. It was a wonderful experience and ours was a well attended talk about the use of Museums and their objects therapeutically, and how Museums can make better use of Art Therapists and our skills to be sensitive to the impact art can have on people and in meeting their community access goals. We made some great contacts that day and explored developing further training with the National Gallery in London in the future!
Learning to be a Buddhist Artist and Gilder
In February and then from August-October 2017 I had the wonderful opportunity to attend a residential training at Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre in Ulverston, Cumbria. The art studio there casts, finishes and paints/gilds statues for City based Meditation Centres and traditional Temples around the WORLD! We made 5ft and 8ft statues of Buddha Shakyamuni, Avalokiteshvara, Tara, Stupas
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