Arterie with Jane Gillings at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
Post exhibition events continue to take place as part of our Access & Inclusion Program. We worked with the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (Arterie@RPA) to deliver a workshop with stroke patients in the Chinwaggers Support Group and Sculpture by the Sea exhibiting Artist Jane Gillings on Tuesday 28 November. It was a great success for everyone involved. The feedback and the images say it all…
Amanda Solomon (Co Founder and Head Arterie@RPA) reported;
To see the sheer concentration and determination from the patients was amazing as the projects emerged. A number of them developed projects that had a familiarity or personal connection, such as pets, names.
Here’s a bit of a conversation I had with one of the Chinwaggers which demonstrates the benefit of the workshop. A really nice transition process and outcome
‘This looks pretty hard’ not sure I can wind the fabric around’, ‘Not sure what to make’
‘Let’s do it together’. Why don’t we make something that is special to you…’
‘Let’s make my dog. … we looked at photos of the dog together’
‘Actually this black lace looks just like her fur’…art making took place.
When finished…‘Wow, this looks just like her!’ That was fun, I’m amazed how great this looks!’.
Jane was a great teacher – she delivered the workshop with a very relaxed and fun demeanor and produced great results as a group.
I loved the interactions between us (the facilitators) and the Chinwaggers. It gave them an opportunity to connect and resulted in such fun and positive outcomes.
Its just so good to see that despite all that these people have been through that they were all smiling and laughing with Jane.
This is just the best!
The Sculpture by the Sea Access & Inclusion Program is supported by the Australia Council for the Arts, the James N Kirby Foundation and Waverly Small Grants. Thank you also to the Sculpture by the Sea Access team, Coordinator Kica Saar, and educators Tomas Cole-Nunez and Georgia Wilkinson-Dermus.