An exciting collaboration between Places for People and Griffin Theatre Arts
Make! Do and Mend was an innovative creative experience for multiple vulnerable groups inspired by the ethos of “Make do and Mend”.
Participants engaged in art, music and video; their work culminating in a fantastic celebration that encouraged cross generational participation and personal growth.
Make! encouraged cross generational participation, reduced social isolation and enhanced life skills by building confidence, self esteem and raising aspirations. The project also saw the expansion and development of Griffin Theatre Arts with a new partnership with Places for People.
Project, research sessions and creative workshops were delivered in over 40 sheltered and support service schemes across the Yorkshire, Humber and North East regions.
The project structure of Make! maximised the unique opportunity for cross generational work that Places for People’s varied customer base provides. By bringing these exciting creative opportunities to Place for People’s schemes and services, we helped to remove cultural and social barriers. Throughout the experiences all participants produced creative responses, which in turn inspired professional artists to create pieces of work shaped by the participants. As part of this process we worked with an excellent visual artist, William Buckman, created a large scale mural reflecting all customer’s ideas and inputs. This was then reinterpreted by the participants working with professional artists within their regions, and let to them together creating a large scale piece of art.
- SHAPE – Initial scheme based consultation workshops (90 mins)
A Research Consultation with Places for People client groups throughout the East Business Unit will be conducted by the workshop artists. The consultation will take the form of a creative session that will explore the concept of Make do and Mend, both in a historical and contemporary context and what the means to the participants. Throughout this process the results of consultation (including the creative ideas, writing and work produced) will be fed to the Core Artistic Team.
- CREATE – Artistic interpretation
The Core Artistic Team will assimilate the ideas and work created through the research consultation phase. The artist will then work on creating an artistic response that embodies, embraces and responds to the ideas and work of the participants by creating a detailed image that incorporates words, images and ideas from the research consultation, and their own creative response. This will be a very large wall mural style image.
- MAKE Part 1 – Scheme based art workshops (150 min)
The Core Artistic Team will visit each scheme to create artistic work that has been inspired by responses in the Create phase. The large wall mural will be divided in to 30+ A2 size sections and each scheme workshop will be given a section to work up in a style of their choosing, supported by the workshop artist. This could take the form of traditional art techniques (painting, collage, decoupage, quilting) or could use any other varied art forms (video, photography, ceramics, knitting).
- MAKE Part 2 – The final customer event
The Make! groups will be invited to attend the Make! celebration in November that will bring together all project strands in a colourful and vibrant event, that will boost participants’ self-confidence, esteem, aspirations and skills. The event will consist of a combination of celebration and making, which embodies the ethos of Make do and Mend and the participants’ contemporary responses. During the event the participants’ creative work will be celebrated, shared and completed. All sections of the wall mural will be brought together for the first time and revealed to all customers. The event will also have the traditional Places for People information stands.
- MAKE Legacy – After the event
All participants will receive a customised certificate. The section of artwork will be framed with a framed print of the completed wall mural for display at the scheme.
Please click here for the Make! Project Outline.
• Older people
• People with a range of learning, physical and sensory disabilities
• People with mental health problems
• Homeless people (singles and families)
• Young people at risk and care leavers
• Young parents and families
• People at risk of domestic abuse
- To provide a creative experience for all participants and encourage cross participation to stimulate creative thinking and increase confidence
- Through workshop activities develop skills and engagement with the creative arts
- Target participants who may not ordinarily gain access to the Arts
- To boost self-esteem, provide participants with a genuine sense of achievement and pride in their creative work
- To raise aspirations of participants
- To use writing, music, film, craft, art and creative thinking to increase ability and confidence in communicating, encouraging and inspiring personal growth
- To create valuable and lasting memories through exciting, creative and cultural experiences and raise interest in the creative arts
- To create a piece of art to be put on public display, inspired by the work and ideas of the project participants
- To produce evidence that participation in creative activities increases skills in communication and enhances self-confidence, pride and aspirations
- Each stage of the Make! project will be inspired and influenced by the ideas gathered from, and work created by, the participants in the project.
- To deliver creative projects that encompass a range of art forms and that have real life outcomes, from which participants can gain pride and a sense of achievement.
- Through joint-working across schemes and geographical areas to tackle perceptions and encourage participants to transfer knowledge, skills, creativity and experiences.
- To decrease social isolation across all services and increasing confidence.
- A team of regional creative professionals with skills and experience of working with the participants/vulnerable groups in high impact creative projects that will develop skills. The practitioners will also engage in the research and development of the Make! project throughout. This will help ensure that the ideas and material generated by the project participants will be fully integrated into the art piece. It will also engender a sense of continuity and ownership in the project for participants.
- We will offer placements to emerging practitioners and artists for the customer group based in Yorkshire and the North East, providing opportunities for networking and work experience.
- During and after each phase reflecting upon and evaluating the practice, activities and the effects upon the participants. The results of reflection and evaluation will influence the next phase, contributing towards the final piece of research in which findings from the project delivery will be shared.
- We will create a project legacy in a final piece of art that will be displayed either piece by piece at each scheme or by displaying the whole piece on a feature wall at a Places for People scheme. The whole process will be filmed through Make! Film and the music produced through Make! Music will be produced and distributed. Each scheme will receive a framed print of the artwork along with certificates for each participant.
The Visual Artists
Designer - William Buckman
North East – Kay Henderson, Rachel Postgate and Josephine Taggart
West and East Yorkshire – Jennyanne Smith
South Yorkshire, Leicester and Hull – Morwenna Catt
West and East Yorkshire – Sarah Clough
South Yorkshire – Stacey Sampson and Kate Martinwood
All regions – Will Mace