Case Studies

Joy of Making: Community Exhibition

  • Artist(s):
    Kirsty Smith
  • Artform(s):
    Felt-making
  • Commissioner(s):
    Creative Health CIC, Wolverhampton Arts & Heritage Service
  • Funder(s):
    Arts Council England, Wolverhampton Arts & Heritage Service, Wolverhampton City PCT & Wolverhampton Adult Social Care
  • Venue(s):
    Penn Hospital Wolverhampton and Wolverhampton Art Gallery
  • Duration:
    October - November 2011
  • Health Need(s):
    Dementia, stroke recover, anxiety and depression
Summary:
A mixture of day patients and in-patients from Penn Hospital took part in the exhibition The Joy of Making at Wolverhampton Art Gallery exploring therapeutic effects of craft activity.

Project Information

A mixture of day patients and in-patients from Penn Hospital took part in the exhibition The Joy of Making at Wolverhampton Art Gallery exploring therapeutic effects of craft activity.

Taking objects from the Wolverhampton Art Gallery collection, participants visited the gallery to meet the exhibition curator and see hand-made items from the collection. They especially liked the baskets, Polish paper-cut cards and wooden toys. Artist Kirsty E Smith was commissioned to lead sessions making felt items inspired by some of the objects. Kirsty devised a series of workshops, including felt-making, that were suitable for the varying physical and mental capabilities of the participants which were calming and relaxing. The group produced mats with felted fringing, multi-coloured balls, beads and flowers which were arranged together as artworks, as well as applying different techniques to make felt pots.

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