MAKING ART PAY

Humans taking creativity to the next level by attending a course that will help thier art pay..

For the last 6 weeks we have had insight to a pilot course called: Make Your Art Pay funded by North Somerset Community Learning and is being hosted by community artist Bev g Star and creative assistant Emily Thomas from Lemonie Art.

The course started with an introduction on becoming a sustainable artist that has a focus on community activities.

There will be an opportunity for the up and coming creatives to pitch thier abilities to the local communtiy in hopes to connect and grow.

These sessions have been designed to enable creatives that have found a purpose in art to take thier passion to the next level.

In week 2 the group welcomed local life coach, writer and extraordinaire; Becky Walsh to talk about Networking.

LIFE COACH BECKY WALSH TALKS NETWORKING

The importance of networking is fundamental for emerging creatives and we were happy to help make this all happen.

Also invited to talk about her work, local visual artist Marta Hutt held a discussion on marketing and managing and organising workload.

MARTA HUTT SHARES HER SKILLS TO A COMMUNITY GROUP

Marta engaged with the clients and they enjoyed hearing this artist share her tips for motivation first hand.

The up and coming artists are due to learn more creative business skills before hosting an exhibit of thier work on the 7th July at Weston Artpsace from 10am till 2pm

We are hoping community organisations, community members and others attend the exhibition of creative skills to see what the group have to offer whilst maybe finding an opportunity to work with them.

Stay tuned for more…

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– BIG WORLE MAKES PEOPLE HAPPY

COMBAT SAD finished with a Spring celebration..

Big Worle are known for investing in thier community and making things happen.

For the last 3 years they have been running a course over the Winter to Combat Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Year 1 saw the hub being used to engage a group of people with creative activities, year 2 the pandemic arrived and the course was hosted online and in 2022 the course of socially engaging activities.

For 11 weeks, local community artist; Bev g Star, amongst guest talkers, encouraged those that attended the course in 2022, to look at ways to improve their mood as well as learn a new coping mechanisms.

Throughout the sessions the group looked at how connecting with nature, being mindful, learning yoga breath work techniques, working with clay, meditation and more can help people improve thier quality of life.

COMBAT SAD 2022 ended with a celebration that included cake, party bags and reflecting on what the group had gained from the project.

We are extremely grateful to be part of watching people grow skills that focus on positive living.

Thank you to Big Worle and the people that support projects like this..

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– HOW CELEBRATES A COMMUNITY MURAL PROJECT IN WELLS

A celebration happens at the end of our projects…

HOW CIC was given an opportunity by The Aster Group to take a creative project out of town.

In October 2021, managing director and community artist; Bev g Star was invited to join a co-hort of social entrepreneurs to undergo a training incubator and hub that helps improve, develop and streamline newly founded social enterprises.

This has helped Humans of Weston to focus on becoming an organisation that benefits its community in the right way, with the correct tools and has helped us with a strengthen our core missions, values and goals.

One part of the program was to host a piolet project for clients that access the services of the Aster Group and thier associates.

HOW spent 5 weeks with clients that live in a supportive housing community with Rethink Mental Health at Kerward House.

The people that attended the sessions led us to assisting them to paint a community mural in thier summer house.

The aim of these sessions were to engage with this community creatively.

The outcomes included; the community’s voice being heard, social engagement increasing, confidence using skills improved and a sense of achievement was felt by all those that attended.

The pilot project ended by inviting the staff and the rest of the community to see what could be achieved by engaging creatively and how it can have a big impact on improving mental health.

The feedback we received was wonderful and we wish we could’ve stayed longer.

The celebration was super and credit goes to Emily Thomas from Lemonie Art for volunteering her skills.

We are thankful for the opportunities.

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– HUMANS CELEBRATE PIOLET PROJECT

We are so thankful to have hosted a community project in Wells with the Aster Group

For 5 weeks, HOW CIC visited Wells to host a piolet project that came together as part of a program that is hosted by The Aster Foundation.

The last session ended with a party celebration at Sheldon Drive too share cake, Easter crackers and fun.

Over the weeks this group have been coming togther to cheer each other up whilst developing and sharing creative skills.

At the last session we looked at how these sessions have improved the clients who access the services of Aster and what they feel like they have gained by attending each week.

The clients who have been socially engaging with our project felt a real benefit from the sessions and fedback that even just having a cuppa tea and a chat can improve their mood.

Throughout the weeks, we explored different creative ideas and mediums, including; water colours, mixed media, paint, mandalas, making banners and more.

Some great creativity was used to brighten up the Sheldon Drive community hub;

HOW is about getting the communities we work with to use creativity while being social.

It is our mission to make creativty accessible to everyone.

The last session also included a celebration of all the art that was made throughout the project as we decorated thier community hub for everyone to see.

Artist Emily, who volunteered her time and materials to make the project work said that; “Community projects are needed to help us all grow”.

We are thankful to Aster for the opportunity.

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