“I’m not very good at Art…”

….. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard that and meeting the residents at an extra care scheme in Leicestershire was no different.

At some point after leaving school a lot of people seem to lose their confidence around art and convince themselves they just can’t do it.

One of the nice things about what I do is giving the opportunity to have a go again; to work with professional community artists and try techniques and equipment you may never have tried before in a supportive and enjoyable environment.

Many of the residents at St. Mary’s said all the things above when they came in to join the first art session, but as soon as ten children from John Wycliffe Primary School emerged, fear dissipated and the enthusiasm of youth infected the room.

Each St. Mary’s resident now has a John Wycliffe Primary School buddy for four sessions and judging by the response and feedback from session one, they make quite a team.

The first session involved getting to know your buddy and then designing a desert island together, with a focus on what food you would love to have there, made up or real. Here are a few photographs of the afternoon and I look forward to telling you all about the next project instalment soon …








About beautyandutilityarts

My name is Katherine Brown and I run Beauty and Utility Arts, an Arts and Health project management service. I have over a decade of experience working with vulnerable groups and individuals in roles including support worker, Supported Employment Advisor and Community Fundraiser for The Midlands. Now, I manage a range of Arts and Health projects involving carers, people using mental health and learning disability services and the over 50′s. I specialise in developing ideas, fundraising, full project management, consultation, workshop provision, sourcing artists, Social Enterprise, event planning, SROI and exploring sustainability options. Since beginning Beauty and Utility Arts in January 2010 I have worked on a range of projects including comedy workshops, placing public art into health centres, setting up a Social Enterprise, project managing Showcase Smoothie, developing mental health walking projects and running arts based reminiscence workshops for the over 50′s, all of which is detailed in my blog (www.beautyandutilityarts.com)
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One Response to “I’m not very good at Art…”

  1. Whose Shoes? says:

    Well done Katherine – this is a fantastic project and the blog is a great way of recording it. Looking forward to following how this lovely inter-generational work develops and hopefully coming along to one or two sessions. I’m going to be running a “Whose Shoes” session with the residents at the end of the project, also as part of Leicestershire’s imaginative “Innovation Challenge”, so will really enjoy these insights along the way 🙂

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