In this Awards For All funded project we delivered taster workshops from February 2017 in inner-city care homes working with, but not restricted to residents with mental health issues. Further workshops were delivered at Artcore, enabling us to support those with mental health problems and dementia. Participants worked with diverse mediums such as acrylic paint, water colours, printing, acetate, vinyl, papier mache, collage, plaster, alginate and fabric. Many thanks to our artists Victoria Brown, Helen Jackson, Alison Solomon, Jane Smith and Karen Herrick on their delivery of wonderful ideas.

Share our pride in their achievements and join us for the Joys of Creation Celebration exhibition and lunch at Artcore on Saturday 23rd September 11am-2pm

To book a place email or call 01332 384 561

Past Sessions

Joys of Creation – 24/08/2017

We learned how to make felt using the wet felting method with dyed merino fibres in this session. The participants were fascinated by the process and enjoyed creating pictures with the fibres. Some people embellished their images. Everyones designs were very impressive and  the group was really sociable and very friendly towards eachother

Joys of Creation – 17/08/2017

Participants had a choice between trying peg loom weaving or acrylic painting. Most participants chose to try the peg loom weaving, with a few opting for the acrylic painting, particularly if they had mobility problems with their hands. A few arrived later, but participants who had already started, helped to show them how to weave

Joys of Creation – 10/08/2017

In this session of Joys of Creation, participants were finishing off tote bags that they had been decorating as well as discovering the joys of marbling.  

Joys of Creation – 03/08/2017

“We used fabric paint and ens to create individual designs for fabric bags. Many spent a long time designing something and some wanted to continue next time they came in to Artcore i order to paint the other side and add beads or sequins. The participants learned how to use fabric paint and pens. The

Joys of Creation – 27/07/2017

The group completed textile applique pieces from last week adding embellishments. All participants had the choice whether to create fabric beach hut bunting poems or create an ink wash to write their poems on. Everybody had a good time and were very happy with their artworks

Joys of Creation – 13/07/2017

In this session of Joys of Creation  each participant finished decorating their hand castings. Each and every one of them looked amazing! Additionally we were joined by some new participants who made pots from air-dryed clay.   One of the participants in the session said “Loved every minute of the class, thank you so much”

Joys of Creation – 29/06/2017

The Joys of Creation session was exciting! Participants were all completing casting of their hands as well as beginning to decorate them. Each person has a different but creative idea of how they want to display their artworks.      

Joys of Creation – 06/07/2017

This Joys of creation session was brilliant with each participant implementing their designs for their hands “Session today went very well, hands were being painted in a realistic way but also gold and bronze hands were created. The ideas are wonderful and the art amazing. Everyone worked so hard and the design concepts have blown

Joys of Creation – 22/06/2017

Participants continued to work on their hand casts as well as clay sculptures in this session. A lot of care was taken to perfect their casted hand pieces. This was done using sandpaper and small tools to remove unwanted remenants on the hand sculptures. They finished by planning their designs for decorating and styling their

Joys of Creation – 15/06/2017

Joys of Creation participants made bowls out of clay to house algenate. They had great fun moulding their hands in their own positions resembling different meanings. Some participants placed their hands in a cupped shape others had their hands clasped. Finally the moulds were filled with plaster and then the algenate was removed leaving perfect

Joys of Creation – 08/06/2017

Joys of Creation was buzzing with people excitingly exploring different techniques in creating clay moulds. It was the first of 5 sessions that Artist Jane Smith will be delivering over the next few weeks. 

Joys of Creation – 01/06/2017

Joys of Creation was great yesterday! Participants completed their food inspired paper mache works. It was artist Alison Solomon’s 6th and final session. There will be a new artist leading next weeks session

Joys of Creation – 25/05/2017

The participants were putting some excellent decoration to their paper mache creations. There was even a minion design from the film ‘Despicable me’

Joys of Creation – 18/05/2017

The participants continued to add more to their paper mache globes. They also got the chance to paint them in order to begin decorating them in the next session.

Joys of Creation – 11/05/2017

Participants were finishing doing their paper mache for their globe designs in preparation for the decoration stage