Housing and Care customers get creative at arts festival
Published by Adele Potter for The Guinness Partnership in Care and Support and also in Communities, Health, Housing
Exeter community centre on St David’s Hill was transformed into a hive of inspiration this weekend as customers and staff of Guinness Care and Support exhibited over 100 pieces of artwork and poetry at the Festival of Creativity.
The event was held over two days and also involved art exhibitions, organic rhythm drumming sessions and theatrical performances from Vamos Theatre with refreshments available on the day, including homemade cakes brought along by residents.
The Festival of Creativity is the first event of its type to be organised by Guinness Care and Support and brought together customers and staff from across the region, giving them the opportunity to participate in different forms of creativity and celebrate one another’s artwork.
Janet Mwenitete, from Castle Ham Lodge in Okehampton, said: “We had lots of fun carrying out our ideas. The life drawing classes have made us come together as a group and we will carry on meeting up. This whole exhibition is lovely; it looks like other people have been enjoying themselves too.”
Artists of every kind were drafted in to provide a wide range crafts and artistries including blind contour drawing, paper flower making, peg doll making, and dressing up booths.
Paul Watson, managing director of Guinness Care and Support, said: “We wanted to bring staff, customers, volunteers and artists together, to build a sense of community and this festival has really fulfilled that dream. The resulting exhibition really showcases what our customers can do, with a fantastic array of artistic work.”
The Festival of Creativity was promoted with mini festivals which took place at various other premises of the organisations across the country in the six weeks leading up to the main event in Exeter; Rupert House in London which hosted jewellery making, a mosaic project at Cavendish House in Buckinghamshire and a knitting project in Greater Manchester
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