With the announcement of lockdown 1 Art Pop-Up rallied community support & within a week launched a creative journaling project to reach out to the digitally excluded. With the help of artist Kathryn Parsons, poet Darren Rawnsley, The Evergreen Care Trust & Morrisons, 400 participants received journals and newsletters. Creative prompts also ran on our social media for others in the community to participate.
We organised a creative collaboration project amongst children, posting journals between them and produced free creativity packs for local deprived & vulnerable families, subsequently procuring & distributing additional Arts Council England packs due to demand.
We believe it is profoundly important to find inspiration wherever we can in these times, to utilise creativity and self-expression as a cathartic balm.
The community’s work was displayed in the LOCKDOWN exhibition in the Art Windows over summer. These works show the solace found in creativity during lockdown, capturing an unprecedented moment of social history.
The response was funded by the community through a JustGiving appeal with contributions from the Stamford Round Table, the Kiwanis, the Royal British Legion, MindSpace Stamford, Wilkos & Posca.
SPARK brought together community organisations in Stamford and their service users to consider engagement and barriers to participation in the area. Participants worked with artists Kathryn Parsons and Korp