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Hospital Rooms to hold creative workshops within the community

Posted by Devon Partnership Trust in #ProudofDPT, Events and conferences, Mental health, News on 17th November, 2021

The Devon Recovery Learning Community (DRLC) is excited to be partnering with Hospital Rooms to deliver five community-based art workshops as part of the project to create artworks for Salus, Beech and Haytor wards at Torbay Hospital. Each artist will host a workshop exploring a theme or artistic medium, collectively generating ideas for the final artwork. Most of the workshops will be delivered on the wards with staff and patients. The DRLC, however, is really pleased to be able to partner with Hospital Rooms to offer five workshops in the wider community.

Caroline Nicholson, DRLC Manager, "The DRLC is privileged to be taking part in this important project that aims to transform the inpatient environment of Torbay Hospital with extraordinary art. We are working with Hospital Rooms to help co-produce and co-deliver art workshops in the community. What an innovative opportunity this is for our wider Devon community to connect more meaningfully with patients. It also offers the chance and for those who have been discharged from hospital to give something hopeful and transformative back to others experiencing mental distress in a hospital setting."

The workshops are suitable for people with lived experience of discharge from hospital, their friends, family, and supporters and members of the community. The single, two hour workshops will be artist-led with help from tutors from the DRLC and will give people an opportunity to share their experiences to inspire and inform the artists in the making of a final artwork that will be installed on the wards.

The workshops

 

The Passage of Time: Working with Shapes and Colours with Amy McCarthy
Thursday 25 November, 10:30am –12:30pm, St Michael the Archangel, Teignmouth, TQ14 8SZ

Amy McCarthy is a South Devon based contemporary glass artist, working in decorative panels and architectural glass. Join Amy at St Michael’s, Teignmouth for an exciting workshop creating stained glass inspired artwork using concepts of light and time as a foundation. Amy will guide you through different techniques, sharing her expansive experience in stained glass creations.

No experience is needed! Book your space and find further information on the DRLC website. A bus service will be available for anyone who requires transport.

 

Building Bodies: 3D Collages, with Valerie A. Amani
Thursday 25 November, 2:30pm – 4:30pm, Totnes Civic Hall, TQ9 5SF

Valerie Amani is an artist, writer, and Assistant Project Curator for Hospital Rooms. She works with poetry, textiles, drawing and moving images. Join Valerie for an engaging multimedia workshop at Totnes Civic Hall where Valerie will take you through the process of creating 3D collages inspired by text, texture and colour. We will be creating abstract figures and compositions that reflect on how we relate words to our bodies.

No experience is needed! Book your space and find further information on the DRLC website

A bus service will be available for anyone who requires transport.

 

Distorting Perspectives: Photo Collage with Cass Agazzi Brooks
Wednesday 8 December from 10:30am –12:30am, St Mags, Torquay, TQ1 4BX

Cass Agazzi Brooks is an artist born and based in the South West. Her vibrant paintings combine real and imagined imagery to reflect upon our strange and beautiful world.

Join Cass at St Mags, Torquay for a workshop inspired by David Hockney’s ‘Joiners’ – photo collages that combine multiple perspectives to form one image. We will photograph views in the local area, print them out and bring them together to form a collective perspective of Torquay.

No experience is needed! Book your space and find further information on the DRLC website

A bus service will be available for anyone who requires transport.

 

Fantastic Flora: Collaborative Ink Drawing with Andy Harper
Wednesday 8 December, 2pm –4pm, Torre Abbey, TQ2 5JE

Andy Harper is an artist and lecturer based in St Just, Cornwall. He makes complex paintings derived from an elaborate language of marks.

Join Andy for a workshop at Torre Abbey, where we will explore the growth patterns of plants through mark-making in brush and ink. We will visit the glasshouse in the gardens before returning to the Learning Lab to make a large collaborative ink drawing inspired by the organic forms and structures of exotic plants. No experience is needed! Book your space and find further information on the DRLC website.

A bus service will be available for anyone who requires transport.

 

The Contemporary Outdoors: Wearable Sculptures with Anna Chrystal Stephens
Thursday 9 December, 11am –1pm, Dartmoor Activity Centre, TQ13 9XS

Anna uses sculpture, action and photography to explore sustainable living strategies. Anna will show us how to build wearable survival sculptures. We will then go on a short walk on Dartmoor, identifying edible plants which we will bring back to the centre and use to make tea.

No experience is needed! Book your space and find further information on the DRLC website.

A bus service will be available for anyone who requires transport.

To book your place on one of these workshops you will need to register with the Devon Recovery Learning Community. To register, follow these simple steps:

  • Go to https://devonrlc.co.uk/login/
  • Enter your email address and create a password
  • Tick the box next to 'I'm not a robot'
  • Click on 'Create your account' at the bottom right-hand side of the screen
  • Add your details on the following page (your Display name will be visible, so use something that doesn't personally identify you if preferable).
  • You will need to fill out all the information and create a password in order to create an account.
  • Once you have created an account you will receive an email asking you to activate your account. Click on 'Activate your account' in the email. 
  • Your account is active!

Please do sign-up to a workshop and get involved in this brilliant project.

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