Our latest newsletter is out. Highlights include the British Art Show 9 exhibition by attendees on the Alex Vann / RAW sessions.
Also, the start of our #CommonwealthConnections project sponsored by British Council and administered by Birmingham Arts School. Watch this space for developments in the 2 schools we are working: Northfield Road Primary and Thorns Collegiate Academy. And Easter HAF activity in Wolverhampton.
And...if you are reading this before 15th May - you can get involved in our song project for Mossley Jubilee Day of Culture. We're writing a brand new song on the theme of 'Cultural Togetherness' and have put a call out for lyrics for the verses. Get in touch with your ideas!
Amazing Art by young people - Wolverhampton Easter HAF 2022
We [Real Arts Workshops] were delighted to be awarded a grant from City of Wolverhampton Council to deliver 2 weeks of art, craft and BSL (British Sign Language) experiences for young people in Wolverhampton over Easter school holidays 2022. The HAF (Holidays Activities and Food) Programme was rolled out by the government in 2021 and provides free holiday provision including healthy food and enriching activities for low-income households.
We worked with some children who have additional needs and were able to adapt our activities to make them accessible. Having Deaf staff and staff with mobility issues shows young people that adversity can be overcome, and a sense of achievement is for everyone!
But don’t just take our word for it! Here are some photographs of their creations and examples what the young people told us in daily ‘Thought of the Day’ slips and weekly online surveys:
“The staff are very kind, they are great at making things enjoyable”
Looking at the the feedback received from the young people our work falls into these categories:
DOING SOMETHING NEW
Trying out something new. Learning new skills. Experimenting with new ideas. Doing things for the first time. Making new friends.
Being challenged by the materials and projects and enjoying that challenge. Doing things that they don’t get to do elsewhere.
BEING ENGAGED IN REWARDING ACTIVITY
Getting out of the house. Working in a group. Sharing experiences. Doing art as an activity that combats boredom and being sedentary.
FEELINGS of WELLBEING
Having fun. Feeling safe. Feeling excited. Feeling happy. Feeling included. Feeling supported. Feeling calm.
Making new friends; working in a group; working with others to make art; collaboration.
Real Arts Workshops is an independent arts company based in the Black Country, providing bespoke workshops for various organisations and groups.