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Patients at Hayward House taking part in practical sessions

Patients at Hayward House taking part in practical sessions

Working alongside our associate artists

Working alongside our associate artists

Patients at Hayward House taking part in practical sessions

Patients at Hayward House taking part in practical sessions

Coming together to share work and ideas

Coming together to share work and ideas

Working as a group towards the final showcase

Working as a group towards the final showcase

Creating an installation

Creating an installation

Expressing ideas during discussions

Expressing ideas during discussions

Capturing the work as it happened

Capturing the work as it happened

Responding creatively to topics raised

Responding creatively to topics raised

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Exploring the self through Art

Autumn 2016 saw Nottingham Contemporary working alongside Nottingham City Hospital and the specialist palliative care unit, Hayward House. Together, with Associate Artists Chris Lewis-Jones and Joanna Dacombe, a series of engaged workshops explored the Yelana Popova and Michael Beutler exhibitions.

Over 5 weeks the group picked apart what it was to be an artist, informed by the exhibition but also through conversation and discussion. Together the themes and methodology of the artists, including that of the associate artists, were introduced. The sessions covered four key art practices; printing, creative context and psycho-geography, installation and materials. The group then responded creatively to express their own reactions, thoughts and feelings.

At the end of the practical sessions the project culminated in a sharing session and exhibition of the work, which consisted of the work up to this point but also a reading and expressions about what the course had meant as a group but also on a personal level to each individual.

The focus of this project was to work alongside the health professionals and deliver practical creative sessions, bolstering the patient’s well being, confidence and self-expression.

"The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul. To be inspired is to be full of passion, curiosity and therefore very much alive" - Jane Clark, participant.

 

For more information about current and future projects please contact us on learn@nottinghamcontemporary.org

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