Monday, 2 July 2012

Arts for Health and Wellbeing - Our Exhibition of Work

May and June have certainly been busy months here at Tomkies Towers! One of the things that's been keeping me out of mischief is a fantastic new course being run by Bolton University. The course is all about the benefits of art on health and wellbeing. I'll be writing more on the course itself, but for the moment I'll hand over to our course tutors, Sarah and Anne, who can put it much better than me!

"The University of Bolton would be delighted to invite you to a preview Arts & Health exhibition on Tuesday, 3rd July. 

This will be your opportunity to sample the reflective work of artists, who participated in the pilot course, 'Arts for Health and Wellbeing: Becoming a Practitioner'. The course was designed in conjunction with Bolton Primary Care Trust, Bolton Council and Bolton at Home for professional artists who were experienced in running workshops and who wanted to gain an insight into working with people in health, mental health, community, or social care contexts.

The artists have chosen a variety of media such as painting, poetry, polymer clay, video and craft to explore the impact that creativity and reflective practice have on health and wellbeing. They were asked to use their medium as a tool to explore their own sense of well being over a period of a few weeks. This process has allowed the artists to gain an insight into what a participant on an arts and health initiative may experience as they begin to use arts as a tool for self-discovery.

The exhibition will take place on the 3rd floor of Senate House (textiles room) at 4pm – 6pm on Tuesday 3rd July. Refreshments will be provided and artists will be available to discuss their work. The show will remain open until noon on Friday 6th July. (Please refer to zone E on the campus map: http://www.bolton.ac.uk/AboutUs/CampusMap.aspx.) 

So, if you're in the Bolton area between tomorrow and Friday, do stop by and have a look at our work. And if you are interested in the course, I'd definitely recommend it :-)

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