Tania, Opera Singer and Musical Director comments on our first joint meeting. Singing and Dinging, a first meeting of the KAB Gravesend Art group and RiverVoice Community choir. Around 12 people involved in the Reaching Out project met up on Saturday 12th March – a mix of visual artists from the art group and singers from RiverVoice Choir. Several very adventurous bods belong to both groups. We met together to find out more about each other, our areas of work and specifically about how we were going to be working together over the next few months towards the final exhibition and concert.
We have been so busy being creative that we’re only just finding the time to share our exciting news on our latest art project ‘Reaching Out’. We’re collaborating with St. George’s Church, Gravesend and the RiverVoice Community Choir with opera singer Tania Holland Williams. Continue reading
Totally Touchable is a tactile arts project for sight impaired adults designed and delivered by artist, Wendy Daws. Sharon Manship, Research Assistant in the School of Public Health, Midwifery and Social Work, carried out an evaluation of the project to explore its impact on the health and wellbeing of those involved. Continue reading
We’ve been very fortunate to meet so many new people over the course of ‘Totally Touchable’ and are happy to share a guest post from Sharon Manship.
I became involved in the ‘Totally Touchable’ project with Wendy and the KAB Gravesend Art Group as a result of my job as a Researcher at Canterbury Christ Church University where I work in the School of Public Health, Midwifery and Social Work. My particular area of interest is ‘arts and health’ since I know from my own experiences that creative arts can have a very positive impact on an individual’s health and wellbeing, and I’m therefore keen on exploring the experiences of others. Continue reading
Hello my name is Alison Lewis and over the years my photography has allowed me to meet and work with some wonderful people. When Wendy asked me if I would like to come along and see what she gets up to in one of her workshops for the KAB I really didn’t know what to expect. Apart from all of us been covered in paint, plaster and having fun making a big mess.
We are very, very happy to shout that we have now installed our ‘Totally Touchable’ art exhibition and it really, truly is TOTALLY TOUCHABLE. You can feel your way around the work, pick it up, explore the textures and find a ‘hand squeeze’ that just might fit you! Continue reading
We are pleased to announce the ‘Totally Touchable’ exhibition opens on 3rd November at the Blake Gallery and will be curated by Matt Bray. We’ll be resident at the gallery offering guided tours of our exhibition, inviting visitors to wear ‘simulated spectacles’ to view and handle the art through the eyes of those who created it. Continue reading
We’re back in the studio to sculpt and film. I’ve emptied the shed, yes shed, for our Diary Room and there was just enough space in the studio for 11 of us, two guide dogs and a film maker. It was a day of breathing life into aluminium wire and plaster of paris fired by plenty of tea and, for a few of the group, a pub lunch. Continue reading
Each week I’d say “Bring me a memory, a photograph of a favourite moment, something that’s special and dear to you.”
“What do you mean Wendy?”
“Well”, I’d say, “perhaps its a snapshot of that favourite family holiday in Mevagissey, eating fish and chips on the harbour wall. Perhaps and maybe, bring me a memory. Please.”
And then there were Sunflowers. Continue reading
‘Totally Touchable’ follows on from ‘Exploring Tactile Art’. We’re still meeting at Gravesend Library, we’ve got to know each other, thrown some questions in the air, “how do you make art if you’re blind or partially sighted?” “why do you make art?” “how do you view it?” and so, so much more. We hope to answer these, share our findings and art work at our exhibition to be held at The Blake Gallery, Gravesend, during November. Continue reading