As well as continuing our regular sessions in Stowmarket, this month, Creative Company has taken to the road. In March and April we’ll be delivering free arts workshops to Suffolk Family Carer groups across the county.
Our tour has taken in Bury, Felixstowe, Sudbury, Haverhill and Eye, with sessions planned for Lowestoft, Needham Market and Mildenhall. At each, one of our talented artists leads an inspiring and creative couple of hours for people who care for an adult family member.
In Bury, artist Kasia Posen introduced the group to using salt, vinegar and lemon juice to create amazing paint effects. Just a circle of plain water and a few blobs of ink produced planet-like images. “You could imagine yourself being there,” one gentleman commented, “Just standing there, on that other world.”
In Felixstowe, the group experimented with mixing their own shades of green and painting jungle scenes. A participant became so engrossed in his picture that he didn’t want the session to end. “You’ve given me the confidence to try this for myself at home,” he said as he reluctantly took his leave.
In Sudbury, Caitlin Howells led an enthusiastic group in a fabric printing session, creating individual designs on plain cotton bags. Participants were as pleased with the outcome as they were with the process. One said, “What a lovely way to spend an afternoon, it’s taken my mind off everything that’s happening at home.”
A week later found us at the Burton Centre in Haverhill. Starting with some simple cross-hatching and scrumbling techniques, participants went on to make bold, colourful landscapes. “I’m definitely taking this one home to show my husband,” one woman said, “He’ll never believe what I’ve been doing all afternoon.”
Caring for someone can be very isolating, so for years now Suffolk Family Carers has run groups where adult carers can meet up, chat and relax. Now, with support from Suffolk Family Carers, many of these groups are becoming independent, and will take over running their own programme of events and activities.
We aim to support that transition to independence with our Creative Company sessions, and inspire them to go on and provide many more creative sessions in the future.
You can find full information on our regular sessions in Stowmarket, running until July, here.