Creating Conversations in Wolverhampton
- Artist(s):Karina Thompson
- Artform(s):Visual Arts
- Commissioner(s):Wolverhampton Local Authority
- Funder(s):Third Sector Innovation Reablement Fund
- Venue(s):Community Venues across Wolverhampton
- Duration:November 2012 – October 2013
- Health Need(s):Combat loneliness and isolation; enhance communication and social networks; promote wellbeing
Creative Health CIC and Wolverhampton Arts and Heritage Service (WAVE) have secured funding for the project ‘Conversation Clubs’. The project team is led by Arts and Social Care Co-ordinator Jane James who is working with a team of volunteers to establish Conversation Clubs in community venues across Wolverhampton.
Using a model developed and piloted at WAVE venues,participants engage in single-topic discussions stimulated by the service’s handling collection (supplemented by specially acquired reminiscence objects). The conversations are positive, wide-ranging, stimulating and inclusive
The catchment area for each group is tightly-based so participants are neighbours; a sense of community is enhanced through shared reminiscence and an exploration of differences and commonalities.
Groups will also have the opportunity to create visual interpretations of their conversations using collage techniques and to apply the images to a range of products.
The project blog can be found here
Conversation Clubs / Artist Residency Opportunity
Deadline: 22 September 2012
Creative Health CIC and Wolverhampton’s Culture, Arts and Heritage service are looking to contract an experienced freelance community artist to deliver this arts, health and wellbeing commission. We would like to appoint a community artist to work with older people attending Conversation Clubs in locations across Wolverhampton. The successful community artist will use a range of art forms to work with participants to enable them to develop and gain new creative skills and turn their conversations into "visual memories".
Fee: £5,500 inclusive of artist time, travel costs, use of equipment and materials.
22 September 2012: Deadline for submission of outline proposal
17 October 2012: Artists invited to present their ideas to an interview panel at Wolverhampton Art Gallery
Click here to download the full Artist Brief
Should you wish to discuss any aspect of the brief contact Jane James 01902 552033 or email Jane.James@wolverhampton.gov.uk