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April 11, 2019
I have managed to get myself involve in "e;Hulme Is Where The Art Is 2019"e;, this is great fro me to do something for my community and get my hands dirty.
I was so excited to get to a planning meeting for this the other day and find out about so many artists and such amazing organisations involved in the arts in Hulme. I really came away excited about Hulme and what could be achieved in Hulme. It is great to get involved and lets see what might happen!
A celebration of Arts & Community throughout Summer –Free activities for all the family
Art in the Garden Launch – 10th July, 2pm, Hulme Community Garden Centre
Impact- Generate & Demonstrate Conference 16th July, 9.30am-4pm, MMU Birley Building
Hulme VS Brooklyn, 20th July 10.30 – 3.30pm, Z-arts
Film, photography and art. A week long summer camp with a Brooklyn based arts centre – Ages 11+
Creative Picnics – 27-31 July, 10am-12pm, Z-arts and Hulme Park
Ages 2+ Daily arts, dance and drama with parents in Hulme park
Ages 4+ A week long nature inspired art Summer camp
Summer Party 2015 – 25 July, 11am-6pm, Hulme Community Garden Centre
MADE In Hulme launch 30 July 1pm-3pm, People’s History Museum
Wild Art Workshop, 23 July – 20 August 2-4pm every Thursday, Hulme Community Garden Centre
Roald Dahl Summer School, 24 – 28 August 10am-4.30pm – Ages 11+, Z-arts
Roald Dahl Fun Day 13 September 11am-3pm, Z-arts
VA Celebration event 26 September 12-4pm, Venture Arts
Birley Community Day 18 October 11am-4pm, Brooks Building, MMU Campus
March 10, 2019
I had the privilege of being a being one of the exhibitioners at the Culture Cure: Late at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester.
I still cannot believe I had the chance to do this and experiment with one of my pieces which connects Art and Mental Health. It was beautiful to have the opportunity and for me to grab it with both hands.
I had room for 10 people colouring at the table, but very quickly another table was brought out to me and I then had room for 14 people. I was full from 5 mins into the event until the very end.
The funny thing about my mental health, is that there is always the nagging voice that says I can't do something, I will never be good enough. This event was an opportunity for me to just do it. It takes a lot to try things when you think you are going to fail. But sometimes you just have to go for it. I was very nervous at the beginning thinking people might not get involved, and although my anxiety was at its maximum at the start of the event, it soon became obvious it would be all alright.
My amazement is that so many people wanted to sit quickly and take part in colouring. It is also interesting that within an event which has so much going on and is busy, so many people look for a calm haven to attach themselves too. Therefore, we really do need to create places of calm within our everyday lives.
February 15, 2019
The exciting news if that I have a stall at the Museum of Science and Industry for their Late session on Art and Health!
Come and join me!
I can't tell you how amazing this feels to be accepted on this session and get some of my art ideas out there to a wider audience. It is going to be a huge learning curve and a test of my organisational and creative skills.
I have for years wanted to explore the relationship between constructive creative art which works towards rethinking. This is my first opportunity to put it into practice. And to do this at such an established place as MOSI is an absolutely privilege.
I am using Adult colouring which has taken off in a massive way in the last few years to draw and unhelpful thinking style of catastrophisation, and one method to get out of that pattern which is wondering what the alternatives are? There are obviously an established set of unhelpful thinking styles, however, I think this is the one which most people can relate to easily. If this sheet takes off at the show, I will then produce the remaining sheets for a full colouring book.
This really feels like the first step in journey where I don't know where it is going to lead, but I am truly excited about the potential and possibilities.