June 2016 has seen the start of Superact’s training section of the Erasmus Plus project Handmade Wellbeing
. We advertised for Artists and Students that would be interested in learning more about working with older participants in care settings and contributing to the educational model.
We received a wonderful response from a mixed group of learners of art form and experience, and on Friday 24th June we held our first training day in Exeter. The programme was delivered by Jonathan Lincoln Gordon – Lead Artist Tutor, Janine Stedman – Lead Care Sector Mentor, and myself.
We are really excited to welcome Janet Cook (BA Primary Ed, specialising in art and craft); Ruth Fielder (woolcraft and ceramicist); Mary Bond (potter); Mim Brigham (BA in Contemporary Craft, glass); Miranda Qualtrough (Foundation degree in Contemporary Craft, pottery); Ildiko Hurley (textiles, leather specialism); Barbara Roll (textiles and glass blowing); Patsy Lang (BA Fine Arts, Theatre Production & Design, ceramicist); and Ali Brown (BA Textiles) as our Learner Artists.
These artists have observed Jon deliver printmaking at two care settings: Greenhills in Newton Abbott and Castle Ham Lodge in Okehampton. The next stage is for the artists to develop their own workshops for the residents in these care settings. These will be delivered throughout July and August.
We would like to thank the staff of these Guinness Care
settings for their support: at both venues we have small focus groups of residents to feedback on the workshops that our artists deliver. The Learner Artists will be keeping diaries of their experience throughout, which will contribute to the project’s educational model.