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Health and wellbeing projects with a focus on participatory arts work with adults

This Way Up 2016/17

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This Way Up is a creative wellbeing project for people living in Wolverhampton and Staffordshire. Tailored to different community groups, This Way Up provides an opportunity to take part in a regular artistic activity, led and supported by a professional artist, and inspired by gallery collections. Getting started in November 2016, this 12-month programme provides training and support for six artists – Alice Thather, Emma Price, Priya Mistry, Ildiko Nagy, Carolyn Morton and Jamila Walker – working with lead artists Sarah Taylor Silverwood and Ben Sadler to plan and deliver hands-on visual arts workshops, and with artist Justin Wiggan to develop outreach and engagement work using sound.

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This Way Up

Pilot Project

This Way Up is a creative wellbeing project for people living in Wolverhampton and Staffordshire. Tailored to different community groups, This Way Up provides an opportunity to take part in a regular artistic activity with other people, led and supported by a professional artist, and inspired by gallery collections. This Way Up has worked with artists Louise Blakeway, Claire Hickey, Jim Morris, Ben Sadler and Sarah Taylor Silverwood to provide sessions for adults, refugees, asylum seekers and migrants, over 50s and Wolverhampton City Council Employees. Click here to watch the This Way Up film.

This Way Up: Wolverhampton City Council Employee Drawing Sessions with Sarah Taylor Silverwood

Wolverhampton Art Gallery

This Way Up drawing sessions for Wolverhampton City Council Employees provided an opportunity to take part in a weekly artistic activity, led and supported by artist Sarah Taylor Silverwood, and inspired by gallery collections. The aim of the Employees group was to offer participants time out from the stress and routine of the working day and week, providing a friendly space to relax, recharge and do something for themselves.

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This Way Up: Drawing Sessions for Male Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Migrants with Ben Sadler

Wolverhampton Art Gallery

Working in partnership with the Refugee and Migrant Centre (Wolverhampton and the Black Country), Creative Health developed a This Way Up project specifically for male clients who RMC felt would benefit from participating in a regular creative activity. Working with artist Ben Sadler, drawing was used as a basis for all the sessions and each week, participants were introduced to new techniques and materials.

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Some people can dream even if they are not sleeping: Wolverhampton Art Gallery

7 September - 1 October 2016

Some people can dream even if they are not sleeping is an exhibition of artwork produced by male asylum seekers, refugees and migrants living in Wolverhampton. Working at Wolverhampton Art Gallery with artist Ben Sadler, the artworks were produced as part of This Way Up, a creative wellbeing project.

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This Way Up: Drawing Sessions with Louise Blakeway, The Social Hub

Shire Hall Gallery, Stafford

This Way Up at Shire Hall Gallery offered drawing and mixed media sessions to adults living in Staffordshire. The aim of This Way Up is to contribute towards an improved sense of wellbeing by providing a creative outlet, a break from everyday life, a safe social space and an opportunity to pursue individual creative interests. Participants of an existing wellbeing group – The Social Hub – worked with artist Louise Blakeway, exploring different ways to approach drawing, building skills and confidence week by week.

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This Way Up: Over 50s Drawing Sessions with Jim Morris

Wolverhampton Art Gallery

This Way Up drawing sessions for Over 50s, led by artist Jim Morris, provided an opportunity to take part in a regular artistic activity with like-minded people, led and supported by a professional artist, and inspired by gallery collections. Jim guided participants through a range of different approaches to drawing and techniques to try out, getting their ideas and creativity flowing in fast-paced sessions.

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This Way Up: Open Adult Art Sessions with Claire Hickey

Shire Hall Gallery, Stafford

This Way Up at Shire Hall Gallery offered drawing and mixed media sessions to adults living in Staffordshire. The workshops provided an opportunity for participants to take part in a regular artistic activity with other people, led and supported by a professional artist, and inspired by gallery collections. Working with with artist Claire Hickey, these hands-on, practical sessions encouraged participants to try out a range of materials and approaches to making artworks.

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Mallsoft and Calm

Mallsoft and Calm is a collaboration between Creative Health CIC and Justin Wiggan and funded through Arts Council England.  It is inspired by the phenomenon of Mallsoft, an emerging music genre created by an online community.

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The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SATH) Case Study Report

This case study explores the work undertaken by a group of staff and volunteers who, supported by Arts Council Grants for the Arts Programme and Trust charity funding, have developed a commission for a photography installation at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

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Bostin Chats in Sandwell: A Creative Consultation Project About Wellbeing

Bostin Chats in Sandwell aimed to engage and mobilise communities through a participatory process called ‘asset-mapping’. The project supported individuals in identifying which personal and community assets currently serve them and their communities in maintaining a positive sense of wellbeing. Through the project, artists engaged participants in the groups to explore thoughts and stories about wellbeing, and through the process of creative activity, identifying the assets that contribute positively to their sense of wellbeing.

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Wolverhampton Conversation Clubs

Conversation Clubs are based on a simple but effective concept, encouraging older people to get together for a good conversation. Click below to read more about the project and download the Evaluation Report.

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Cancer Awareness - Life is Precious

It is estimated that over half of all cancers are preventable through awareness, screening and early detection, however people from Minority Ethnic Communities often do not access cancer screening services due to practical, cultural and educational barriers. This project sought to use art as a device to overcome some of these challenges.

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Be Reflective: Questions and Resources for Quality Arts & Health Work

Be Reflective is a resource offering a framework to reflect on quality through all stages of an arts and health project. Taking you through a thoughtful step-by-step process, Be Reflective poses a set of questions to consider when developing arts and health work, and supports artists and organisations new to arts and health or established in the field to achieve quality at each stage of a project, from commissioning through to the end product.

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