‘You:Your Art’ is a pilot programme of arts activities that has been promoting wellbeing and resilience for residents in North Tyneside suffering from poor mental health. You:Your Art supports the prevention of people wanting to take their own lives, especially for those currently isolating and shielding during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Listen to Debs’ journey and view group artwork You: Your Art gallery
You: Your Art takes place at home, online, in safe supported groups using ‘at home ingredients’. Weekly group sessions acknowledge personal progression and encourage supportive peer critique.
The summer 2020 programme of online workshops for North Tyneside residents ran for 12 weeks, from Tuesday 23 June until Tuesday 8 September 2020. Every week artist Claire Ford worked with participants to explore a range of mindful visual arts; print, typography, collage, mandalas etc. to develop personal creative journals. Jessica Kinnersley also joined as a guest artist to share line drawing techniques.
People taking part learned new skills, shared ‘work in progress’, and also enjoyed a social, relaxed virtual space to view and acknowledge each others’ journeys and stories as demonstrated by their creative expression. The programme culminated in an online ‘virtual gallery’, sharing the group’s artwork & reflections on their experiences of You:Your Art.
Group members said:
“Thankyou, I’ve finally found the courage to go my own way and develop my style that I can actually say I’m happy with”
“It has reignited my love for doing/creating, when all I was doing was sitting & worrying”
“It was lovely – it felt as though we made it together and not on my own”
Want to find out more about this or similar programmes?
To find out more about we are currently delivering, simply email Beth. Please also contact Beth if you wish to discuss referring yourself or someone onto this or similar programmes.
This project is funded by the Northern Sub Regional Suicide Prevention Group (Suicide Prevention Small Grants Fund).
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