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Art & Possibilities Week: lyrical masterpieces and pasta necklaces

Art has the possibility to inspire, move people, and evoke emotions – and can have a real difference on our wellbeing, mental health and mood.

On World Art Day in April, our services got stuck into Art & Possibilities Week at Consensus. Curated by Theresa, one of our very talented artists at Stanley Park Road – Theresa wanted to bring people together across Consensus to get involved in different arts and crafts to showcase the talents of disabled artists.

And well, she most definitely achieved that. Bringing both the people we support & colleagues together for 5 jam-packed days expressing and tapping into their creative talents, we saw so many beautiful creations and emotions expressed throughout. Arts, crafts, creative writing, baking & cooking, performing arts… Theresa made sure there was something for everyone to get involved with. Ensuring each service had an art ambassador to plan and organise the weeks event, it was a huge success – creating certificates for the art ambassadors to hand out to congratulate everyone on their beautiful artworks.

We saw…

  • Redan Street bringing everyone together for a day of fun, setting up different creative stations for people to try their hand at – and what a success it was! The artwork, crafts, and yummy baking was admired by all, with Matthew the art ambassador proudly handing out certificates to all the participants.
  • Kingston House considerately adapting their jewellery making day to ensure everyone was included, by using coloured penne pasta to make beautiful necklaces (making it easier to thread on string over small beads!), as well as some lessons on colour theory to make a beautiful landscape painting.
  • Blakeney House making some incredible paper mache rabbits – the talents are unbelievable!
  • Ty Cwtch tapping into their creative writing skills, imagining a beautiful poem about their home.
  • Our Central Support colleagues getting involved – whether they were in the office or working remotely, our ambassadors Sophie & Christina came up with fun & creative ideas for everyone to get involved with origami, therapeutic colouring, and even some face painting.

And so many more beautiful moments, embracing every day of Art & Possibilities week across Consensus.

Sharing her thanks and happiness at the pure joy that came from the week at Consensus, Theresa shared…

“We all know that being artistic can be fun and exciting, but it can also be helpful to our mental health and wellbeing – and tell a story, letting us share our emotions through creativity. I wanted this week to show people that anyone can create art regardless of if you think you’re good at it, and show that disabled artists are talented and are more than their disability. Please keep up the good work and keep making art.”

– that we certainly shall!

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