Vulnerable Adults


In this section I have included the work I do with people with disabilities, people with mental health issues, older adults and other vulnerable adults. This work occurs across a range of seetings. 

 

For more information or to find out about booking a session please contact me.

Projects

Creative Workshops: Carlisle Mencap

2019

Carlisle

Working once a month with the Sunday Active group on a range of art and craft projects.

Cultures Collide

2018-20

Prism Arts and Tullie House, Carlisle

A co-curation project exploring Tullie Houses' collections and connections with Japan.

Prism Arts Collaborators: Ways of Seeing

February-March 2019

Vallum Gallery, University of Cumbria, Carlisle

Curating and installing an exhibition exploring Prism Art's collaborative projects from the past five years.

Textile Commission: British Wildlife

June-July 2018

Prism Arts

Studio Arts were commissioned by Cumbria Wildlife Trust to create textile pieces for their new  spaces in Houghton, Carlisle. 

British Folk Tales

January-April 2018

Prism Arts

A Studio Arts project resulting in an exhibition at Carlisle Archives Centre, May 2018.

 

China: Through Our Eyes

September 2017-July 2018

Prism Arts

A Studio Arts project in partnership with Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, culminating in an exhibition at Tullie House May-July 2018. 

Butterfly

February-July 2017

Prism Arts

A Studio Arts (a visual arts programme for adults with disabilities and autism) project inspired by butterflies and culminating in an exhibition at Penrith Library over the summer.

Radical Craft: Gallery Trail

February-March 2017

Prism Arts/Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle

A Studio Arts (a visual arts programme for adults with disabilities and autism) project inspired by Craftspace and Outside In's Radical Craft touring exhibition. Participants made work inspired by objects from Tullie Houses's collections which were placed into the museum to create a trail through the galleries.

Precious Leaves

January-March 2017

PrismArts/Carleton Day Centre

Working with the Wednesday Art Group exploring machine embroidery on water soluble fabric and hand embroidery. This culminated in an exhibition at Carlisle Archives Centre.

Lead Artist: Somme 100 Quilt Project

September 2016

Prism Arts, Carlisle

A partnership project between Prism Arts and Cumbria's Museum of Military Life. We worked with schools and community groups to make patches to create a commemorative quilt for the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.  The work was unfurled on Armistice Day at Carlisle Castle.

Soft Sculpture

June-July 2016

Prism Arts/Carleton Day Centre, Carlisle

Working with the Wednesday Art group to explore their ideas using soft sculpture techniques. The group designed and created their own quirky characters.

Vikings!

March-May 2016

Prism Arts/Distington Community School, Workington

Working with Prism Arts Studio Theatre West group and pupils at Distington Community School on a Heritage Lottery Funded project exploring West Cumbria's Viking heritage. I ran spinning and weaving sessions with the participants.

Picturing Places Response Work

February-June 2016

Prism Arts/Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle

Working with four diverse artists selected by Prism Arts to produce work in response to Tullie Houses's Cumbrian Art: Picturing Places exhibition. As well as working with the artists I worked with Tullie House to organise the project and display the work.

The Seven Stories: Response Work

January-February 2016

Prism Arts/Carlton Day Centre, Carlisle

Working with the No Borders group to create work in response to the Seven Stories exhibition at Carlisle Library.

 

Lead Artist: Studio Arts

September 2015-Present

Prism Arts, Carlisle

Planning, organising and delivering a Studio Arts programme for young people and adults with disabilities, covering all aspects of working as an artist.

The Seven Stories 

July-September 2015

Prism Arts/Carlton Day Centre, Carlisle

Working with the No Borders group to create work for Carlisle Library as part of the Seven Stories Project.

 

Prism Arts Summer School

August 2015

Working with several artists to deliver a two week arts project which culminated in Carlise Puppet Pageant Parade 2015.

 

No Borders Exhibition

March 2015

Prism Arts/Carlton Day Centre, Carlisle

I worked with the No Borders group to curate an exhibition of their work in their space at Carlton Day Centre. This included hanging the exhibition. No Borders is a partnership project between Prism Arts and Carlisle Day Services.

 

In the Moment: Creative Collage sessions for Older Adults

January-February 2015

Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery and various Care Homes, Carlisle

Relaxed sessions to help older adults, particularly those with a dementia, access Tullie Houses's collection and to engage in creative activities.

 

Applied Textiles

November-December 2014

Prism Arts/Carlisle Day Services

Working with the No Borders Art Group to develop their textile skills and artistic ideas. The work from these workshops will form part of an exhibition in March.

 

Prism Arts Summer School

August 2014

Working with several artists to deliver a two week arts project which culminated in Carlise Puppet Pageant Parade 2014.

 

Mentoring

July 2014

Prism Arts, Carlisle

Working one to one with an emerging artist with a disability to enable them to develop both their practical skills and artistic ideas.

 

Felt Making Workshops

June-July 2014

Carlton Day Centre, Carlisle

Working with the No Borders Art Group to develop their felt making skills and artistic ideas. The work from these workshops will form part of Prism Arts C-Art exhibition in September.

 

Interiors Project
January-February 2014
Prism Arts/Cumbria Care (Carlton Day Centre) Carlisle

Working with the No Borders Art Group (a group of adults from Carlton Day Centre with profound learning disabilities) to create model interiors. Their work was then shown at the exhibition '60 Days of No Borders' at the Prism Arts studios.

 

Crafting Social

October-December 2013

Women and Families Accommodation Services, Carlisle

Funded by the Laurie Brewis Trust I organised and ran a weekly craft and social drop in for services users at the facility.


The Wetlands Project
September-October 2013
Prism Arts/The Solway Wetlands Trust/ The Heathlands Project

Researching, designing and making a felt and willow sculpture of a dragonfly with a group of adults with disabilities. The sculpture is currently on display at Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery.
 

Textiles Workshops
July-August 2013
Prism Arts/Lister House, Carlisle

Organising and delivering a textiles course for a group from Lister House which supports people with cerebral palsy. Techniques covered include felt making and using printing blocks.

 

No Borders Installation and Workshops
April-July 2013
Prism Arts/Carlisle Library/ Tullie House

Applique and Embroidery Workshops. The work produced in these sessions went into an installation composed of work from several sets of workshops and was displayed in Carlisle Library.

 

Textiles Workshops
September-November 2012
Prism Arts/Cumbria Care (Carlton Day Centre) Carlisle

Organising and delivering a textiles course for an art group from Carlton Day Centre, which is a centre for people with learning disabilities. Techniques covered include weaving and tie-dye.

 

Art Support Worker and Section Manager at The Heathlands Project
June 2010-Present
The Heathlands Project, Carlisle

Working with adults with learning disabilities to enable them to develop their own art work, supporting them in their artistic and personal development.

 

Art Support Worker for Prism Arts/Course Leader for Studio Theatre Skills
October 2011-Present
Prism Arts, Carlisle

Planning, organising and delivering a Studio Theatre Skills course for young people and adults with disabilities.

 

Lantern Parade
October-November 2010
The Heathlands Project, Carlisle
Working with DART (Drugs and Alcohol Rehabilitation Team) and adults with learning disabilities I led several lantern making workshops at The Heathlands Project. The resulting group and individual lanterns were then paraded through Carlisle city centre as part of the 2010 Starlight Lantern Parade.

 

CreateIt! Art Group
September 2009-June 2012
Eden Mencap Society, Penrith
I helped organise and run this group for adults with learning disabilities. It was service user led and we undertook a range of different techniques and used many different materials, including felt making, painting and drawing. Activities included making props and costumes for the May Day Parade.

 

Women’s Support Group

January-May 2007

Mind, Rochdale

My main purpose at this group was to offer help with a range of craft activities as well as to listen to the women who attended. All the women suffer from mental health issues and the support group allows them to meet other women in the same situation in a safe and non threatening environment.

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