I think creativity and the creative process are powerful tools for individual empowerment and social change. Below you will find some of the arts outreach projects I have had the pleasure of organising and facilitating.
Rumi’s Cave After School Art Club Pilot Project
I am in the process of starting an after-school art club at a Community Centre near me in London called Rumi’s Cave. I will hopefully plan, deliver and develop a programme of arts education for young people aged 6-10 over the next academic year (2020-2021). I have so far run a couple of successful pilot sessions and applied for Arts Council Funding.
To commemorate the centenary of WWI Danny Boyle orchestrated a nationwide community art project alongside 14-18 NOW on 36 beaches in Great Britain. Under the umbrella of The National Theatre of Scotland I co-facilitated the project on the island of North Uist in Scotland.
Over 2 months we facilitated workshops and organised an event where people watched local volunteers create a large sand portrait of a local soldier who died during the war. Onlookers were invited to create stand stencils of fallen soldiers as well as recite a Carol Ann Duffy Poem ‘The Wound in Time’ written specifically for the occasion.
The sand was then washed away by the tide at sunset while a young local Scottish piper played the bagpipes.
Saturday Art Club
From 2017 to 2018 I was an Art Tutor at the Saturday Art Club at Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum and Art Centre in North Uist, Scotland. Alongside another local artist I planned and delivered weekly art classes for children aged 5-12 that were linked to ongoing exhibitions.