SOME OF THE THINGS WE'VE BEEN UP TO!
EVERYDAY HEROES, this project aims to show our love and honour for all of the Everyday Heroes involved in this Pandemic, from the keyworkers to all of us staying at home to keep others safe. We're inviting people to contribute by making clay hearts. These will be collected and made into larger heart installations in public spaces. St Helier and the Royal Marsden hospital are already on the cards.
NHS TIFFIN We are running a weekly cake drop for NHS St Helier staff! Cakes and nibbles are being donated by ladies from MCWAS, Wallington Mosque, and other neighbours in Wallington. We just wanted to do something to support our local hospital. Dan Camp, Divisional General Manager, said, "Thank you for your support as always!" Rachel Addy, Head of Nursing, said, "Oooh this is amazing! All the doctors and nurses loved the cakes."
REVIVE We started running these workshops last year and have received further National Lottery Funding to continue this excellent work which educates in the arts, supports wellbeing and patient recovery and improves the hospital environment. Our painted glass window has been installed on the Acute Stroke Unit and we have now installed our ceramic mural on Ward B6. Patients in the Dementia ward have also been enjoying Biodanza workshops with Olga Bastable.
SUTTON WOMEN'S CENTRE The SWC is a safe and supportive environment for women who have been victims of abuse or who just need somewhere to learn English or self-help techniques. After consultation with the ladies of SWC, we helped the ladies make ceramic tiles and have created a mural that enhances the outside of their building. We have also been running wet felting workshops...learning felting skills that they can easily continue at home.
THE ROYAL MARSDEN SCHOOL ROOM Work here was started as part of The Fuchsia Project and now, thanks to the D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust and the Royal Marsden Hospital we will continue running free art workshops for the children on the unit. They have been making ceramic decorations, wet-felted hats, purses, and hearts and explored puppet making and dance.
SUTTON-BY-SEA This was an installation made with school children in Sutton Library and exhibited in the Gallery for 6 weeks. It was a strong critique of plastic use and wastage, as well as being a fun place for people to hang out while in the library. The sea and palm trees were made from recycled plastic bottles. We made a photoboard which was donated to the Royal Marsden School Room to use for their sea-themed workshops.