The Pandemic forced the closure of our Shed. We had many phone calls and messages asking us about reopening. People were worried and wanted to know when they could return to continue with their activities.
The Outreach Art Project was our answer.
Members could not return to us however activities would take place in members own homes, premises with safe spaces and in care homes where people were confined without diversionary activities.
Steve Jay, Jo Potter, Rob Treadwell, Larry and Saeed met to discuss the possibility of trying mosaics, glasswork and art. We applied for funding to the Wesleyan Fund via the Heart of England Foundation and were successful with an award of £2000!
Being creative, getting results with gentle guidance and support from our volunteer supervisors enhanced the physical and mental health of many individuals.
Art materials were bought and the Friends Meeting House in Colmore Rd was booked. This building was large enough to allow safe operations although we had to be pretty thorough with cleaning after each session.
The Art sessions have progressed on to meeting in local venues where they paint and draw. VIsits to galleries have also taken place. The group is now self propelling as a WhatsApp group. Please contact Rob Treadwell if you wish to join.
Mosaic materials were bought and a fair amount of preparation had to be done with the tiles, creation of wooden blanks, templates and photocopying of pictures and gluing on to boards.
The Mosaics really took off at the Trinity Apartments in Solihull. This is a form of sheltered accommodation. We are grateful to the management for allowing us use of communal areas.
Glass working materials were bought to enhance our boxes. These were loaned out, but was more difficult as kits were only loaned to individuals with some experience of safe working with glass. There have been some lovely pieces of work created.