Life’s simple pleasures …

Last Wednesday’s session at St. Mary’s extra care scheme in Lutterworth was slightly quieter than normal; school holidays you see, so our St. Mary’s team were buddy-less for the week!

Turn out was still good and we spent the afternoon drawing some beautiful still life flowers and talking about how important gardens and green spaces are to our lives. All while the neighbourhood squirrels brazenly sat outside eating the bird nuts!

A lot of our St. Mary’s participants struggle with their sight now, but the familiarity of roses, iris and crysthanamum helped to create some lovely pieces of artwork, guided by community artist Winsome Ruddock and myself.

Below are a few of the paintings and drawings produced and let’s not forget that this group is made up of the one’s that “can’t do art”.


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 (
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2 Responses to Life’s simple pleasures …

  1. Whose Shoes? says:

    Great to see this imaginative project evolving. I bet they will be glad when the children (buddies!) return. Keep up the good work! Gill

  2. begethers says:

    Beautiful – thank you so much for the intention to create, connect and be with nature. With heart Andy

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