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Norwich art project aims to transform lives
Emma KnightsThursday, February 5, 2015
Art aims to transform lives in a new project being set up to help women who are feeling isolated, finding it difficult to cope or experiencing mental health issues.
Voyage With Me – a partnership between the Sweet Arts organisation and Sainsbury Institute for Art – will start in March and people are now being invited to sign up to take part in the free project.
Laura Drysdale, the co-ordinator of Voyage With Me, said: “It is an 18-month project that immerses people in the Sainsbury Centre For Visual Arts. The group will be looking at great art and making art in response to that with Sweet Arts.”
She said the project was following on from a similar project called Living With Me, which had proven to be successful.
“We know from Living With Me that it is a really transformative, fantastic, experience for people that are involved. People make new friends and do things they never thought of doing before,” she said.
“It really helps people’s wellbeing in every way because they connect with each other and with great art. They get out and about and they get active, and they learn a fantastic amount.”
Up to about 30 women can sign up to the project – which is being funded by the People’s Health Trust – and they must be living in the Eaton Park or Mile Cross areas with a postcode starting NR3 2- or NR4 7-.
No previous art experience is needed and the group will meet every other Wednesday morning, excluding school holidays, from March 11 until October 2016. Free transport will also be provided.
The project will involve regular visits to the Sainsbury Centre For Visual Arts and workshops at Sweet Arts, a Norwich-based creative arts organisation for women.
It will also involve trips to other galleries, community workshops at the Norman Centre and Eaton Park Community Centre, and a 10-day event at Stew Gallery in Norwich.
Two events are being held next Wednesday for people to find out more about the Voyage With Me project.
The first event is at the Norman Centre from 9.30am until 11am and the second is at Eaton Park Community Centre from 1pm until 2.30pm.