In early 2019, BCB’s Health Manager Kat Evans was introduced to the great work of Starfish Social Hub by a member of the ReCast project. Six months later and with support from the Garfield Weston Foundation we were able to arrange a group visit to the 2019 Biennial and collaborate on a short project as part of our wider Clay Works programme.
“Being invited to be part of the BCB project by opening it up to the participants of the Social Hub has been an amazing experience and I know that all the participants felt very privileged to be invited to take part.” – Val Nash
BCB Associate Artist Sarah Fraser worked with members of Starfish Social Hub for 6 weeks in November and December 2019. During the project, the group had the opportunity to explore a range of clays, in liquid, wet and leather hard states, playfully experimenting with different techniques. Sarah shared aspects of her artistic practice with the group, and supported individuals to develop their ideas through discussion, sketching and planning.
“The activity of making maquettes gave participants an opportunity to explore their creativity. Some found this aspect easier than others, but this gave an opportunity for peer support and considering a variety of options. ” – Associate Artist Sarah Fraser
15 people took part in the project, motivated to meet new people and try something new. Whilst some people found it hard to make decisions about their work, 89% of participants surveyed felt proud of their achievements, 70% felt more confident as a result of the project and 100% enjoyed the project, tried new things and looked forward to the next clay workshop.
“I have sleep problems. Clay is the only thing I get up for.” – Farzana
“Gave us confidence to come out of ourselves.” – Anon
“Our client group suffer from severe anxiety and panic attacks and very low self-esteem. The project was all about enabling, empowering, exploring and creating and I would say that everyone achieved all of those things and more and some have told me that they have begun to appreciate the importance of mindful activity more since doing the course. People are still talking about it and what it has done for them.” – Val Nash
- For more information about BCB’s Health Programme, get in touch with Programme Manager Kat Evans.
- The Connecting Choices Social Hub is funded by the European Social Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund. To find out more, connect on Facebook.