Pictures from the Artistry Evolves workshop in France, May 2018. A weeks immersion into engaging with the naturally abundant creative force.
Click below for more details on 2019's artistic adventure!
Photos of courses ran at the Exeter crisis centre, CoLab, part of the national Council for Voluntary Services organisation. This organisation provides free courses for disadvantaged people in the catchment area of Exeter. My role was to teach and mentor students of various skill levels, producing art that was either temporarily or permanently exhibited at CoLab.
Creating artwork based around words that are pertinent to the lives of attendees. It is a joy to see how immersion into art can provide a place of peace and calm for people who often have many difficulties to deal with in thier lives.
Bold and colourful work from one of the course attendees.
By holding a safe and encouraging space for people to explore creativity, they often surprise themselves with what they are capable of. By removing judgement of the work, participants can open up and express from deep within.
Using donated materials, this course enabled attendees to create a series of mosaic tile artworks, along the theme of "nature" that were then hung in the community garden at CoLab, Exeter.
Acrylics on canvas. 122cm x 92cm.
For the opening day of the new Exeter Council for Voluntary Services building, CoLab, I was asked to attend and create something in the spirit of collaboration. The only brief was for it to be bright and colourful.
Created over a period of twelve hours, the guests that came to the launch day were invited to participate in the creation of this piece, using their fingers only! Whilst the suited and booted, great and good of Exeter were hesitant at first, as soon as they started to get their hands messy, all reticence was lost! From firemen and police chiefs to CoLab staff and council workers, this painting was a joyous collaboration of colour and fun.