As part of research for an MA in Arts, Health & Wellbeing I have been investigating ways of making inks, paints and other materials from raw pigments, and other natural creative processes like making paper from plants and making drawing charcoal.
Part of this research is to develop natural printmaking processes that can be outdoors, and develop printmaking inks that embed place and sustainability in the work by being gathered locally and by hand.
The other part of the research is to develop participatory workshops that explore the impact of working creatively outdoors on people’s mental health and wellbeing. The ‘Fire Earth Art’ project is being delivered in the Forest of Dean to local residents, inviting participants to learn a number of skills, get outdoors and be around a fire with others.
This is a collaboration with fellow student Ruth Sidgwick, arts manager of the art programme at Southmead hospital in Bristol. Ruth is helping to deliver the project and evaluate the impact so we can evidence the positive effects such activities can have on a persons wellbeing.
So far there have been a number of taster sessions to test out ideas and funding has been successfully gained from the national lottery Awards for all and the Barnwood trust. The project is being supported by The Rewild Project, Angus Buchanan Memorial trust, Green square housing and The independence trust to deliver a five week project this summer 2018 to people with long term mental health challenges.
Watch this space!
For more info on the project, take a look at the ‘Fire, Earth, Art Case study’, an in-depth analysis of the project so far, written by Ruth:
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