Art On Your Doorstep (2017-2019)
A good day Celebrating Age is funded by the EU social fund, North Yorkshire County Council and the Adult Learning and Skills Service. Rural Arts based in Thirsk, delivered a 2 year action-research project that put into practice innovative ways to increase the participation rates of people over the age of 75 in both the organisations performing and visual arts programme. They worked from the grassroots up, testing and delivering a range of creative interventions in which the outcomes of the project will be used to influence commisioners to develop a model of delivering "Arts and Culture - On Prescription" by embedding it in clincial healthcare plans. I was a delivery artist on this project, directly responsible for devising a programme of art activities in house for an art club and within the neighbouring village halls, on an outreach basis.
Generation Exchange (2018)
Commissioned by the Two Ridings Community Fund and The Big Lottery Fund, Generation Exchange was a project which addressed the physical and social divide that existis within the community. It provided 20 young people opportunities to take on a lead role and be ‘buddied up’ with two different age groups. The group delivered workshops within a care home and a childs art class that promoted the development of creative IT skills. I enjoyed taking a lead on this project and coordinating the project, it taught me a lot about delivering young people led community projects, evaluation practices and working within qualification frameworks. Bringing together different generations is something that I look forward to exploring further in the future.
Residents Voice (2017)
North Yorkshire County Council commisioned Rural Arts to provide a programme of arts and activities for the 18 extra care schemes across North Yorkshire between January and July 2017. The project aimed to improve emotional wellbeing and combat isolation and lonliness. through art activities that promote social inclusion and self expression. On this project I was the lead artist, delivering over 100 workshops in care homes across the county. I learnt through this project a lot about the challenges an older person may face through poor mental health and disability but also how to devise a wide range of participatory art workshops suitable for an older audience.
Good Neighbours (2015)
Part of LINK (Good Neighbours Project). Trinity House in Longsight, Manchester exists to provide a safe and accessible centre providing education, training, personal development and recreational services for the benefit of children, young people, parents and carers. Over the course of 4 months, I delivered a series of textile based workshops for a group who met up regularly as part of the project. Good Neighbours offered me my first insight into what a community art workshop worked towards and gave me first hand experience of devising and delivering a workshop suitable for an older audience.