Case Studies

Walsall Feeling Good Project

  • Artist(s):
    The Cultural Sisters
  • Artform(s):
    Carnival costume, jewelry, bags, printing, batik and felt-making.
  • Commissioner(s):
    NHS Walsall
  • Funder(s):
    Big Lottery Wellbeing Fund and NHS Walsall
  • Venue(s):
    School and community venues in the WS1 WS2 and WS3 postcode areas.
  • Duration:
    Three years, completed in 2011
  • Health Need(s):
    Mental Health and Wellbeing
Summary:

Visual arts project focused on engaging with young people about emotional wellbeing, encouraging them to express their thoughts and feelings.

Project Information

Visual arts project focused on engaging with young people about emotional wellbeing, encouraging them to express their thoughts and feelings. Walsall Feeling Good Project took place over a three-year period with 823 young people from Walsall, aged 8 – 19, accessing the tailor-made visual arts programme of workshops in schools and community venues. This project was the winner of the praXis Public Health Projects Award in the praXis Creative Remedies Arts and Health Awards 2011.

Arts company The Cultural Sisters led a series of workshops with a variety of groups. This included creating carnival costume, jewelry, bags, printing, batik and felt-making. A set of wellbeing resources were designed and created with the young people taking part. This included a five ways to wellbeing Mandala stamp set, a set of promotional wellbeing cards, a life-size interactive textile figure, called Hanaa, Hanaa postcards, a Hanaa classroom wallchart and a set of five ways to wellbeing banners. Throughout the project a variety of evaluation tools were developed and used. This included using a 'wellbeing ladder score' from each young person at the beginning and end of each session, inviting participants to create drawings, discussion with participants, staff and artists and observations of sessions.

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