Residents in Carbrain, Cumbernauld unveiled a new public artwork promoting mental health services in their area, following an Impact Arts project.
The artwork, entitled Paths for life, is made up of 40 individual stepping stones designed and created by community members.
Jose Carlos Rivera, an internationally-exhibited Spanish artist, was commissioned by Impact Arts to deliver tile-making workshops at venues in Carbrain.
It was part of a partnership between Impact Arts, Suicide Prevention North Lanarkshire and the Local Community Partnership Team.
Carbrain Gully had been identified as an area of concern for mental health by social workers in North Lanarkshire. The project was developed by a steering group also involving social work, NHS Lanarkshire, the Corra Foundation and Carbrain & Hillcrest Community Council.
The aim of the artwork is to both raise awareness of crisis services and to create an area for reflection in nature for local people.
The forty stepping stones feature a variety of designs, including a phoenix rising from the flames, Nordic symbols and uplifting, inspiring messages.
The work was unveiled at a launch event on Thursday 21st April, attended by Cumbernauld and Kilsyth MSP Jamie Hepburn, Clyde footballers Chris McStay and Ray Grant, and dozens of Carbrain residents.
Artist Jose said: "Working with the local community has been a wonderful experience.”
“It’s been an incredibly valuable way of getting local residents together to create art, reflect and learn together as a group.
“I hope that this project is a step to promoting unity in the community of Carbrain, as well as promoting good mental health and suicide prevention services.”
Jamie Hepburn MSP said: ““It was great to see the artwork that has been put in place at Carbrain Gully as part of the Paths to Life project.
“Seeing the community come together to develop the artwork is a fantastic reminder not only of the powerful impact that art can have, but of the strong community spirit we have locally.”
Jenny Coxon, Programme Manager of Impact Arts, said: “We’re delighted by the enthusiasm the Carbrain community has shown for this project.
“As well as initiating conversations about mental health and wellbeing, we hope the artwork will make the Gully a more welcoming and inviting place for residents.”
The sanctuary at Glasgow’s Royal Hospital for Children has been given a colourful facelift featuring artwork created by its patients following a residency by young artist Phoebe Roze.
Commissioned in partnership by Impact Arts and Glasgow Children's Hospital Charity, Phoebe, 21, worked with 50 children resident at the hospital to revamp the space following storytelling and arts workshops.
The sanctuary – which offers a place for peace and contemplation to children and families – was transformed following a consultation process involving staff, volunteers, children, young people and patients’ families.
Phoebe's workshops led to the creation of prints, drawings and collages, which were then scanned and enlarged for vinyl panels and attached to walls.
Previously a blank space, the aim of the project was to create a more welcoming environment for those who use the sanctuary.
As well as being a place for contemplation, it will now be used for training and community events, including mindfulness classes and baby yoga.
Phoebe, a recent graduate of Dundee’s Duncan of Jordanstone University, says it was important that the refurbishment included the children’s own artwork.
“It’s amazing for me – but the best part is that it’s the kids’ work on the wall.
“They are the most important part of the hospital and kids’ art is so strange and imaginative. The fact that they have contributed 90% of what is up there is hopefully very special for the kids, the parents, the staff and volunteers.”
“Having your child in the hospital is obviously a traumatic experience, and that is why it was so important to make the sanctuary a calming, inviting and positive space.”
Rev. Jim Meighan, the chaplain of the Royal Hospital for Children, says the artwork has already made a dramatic change.
“The sanctuary is important for everybody who uses the hospital – patients, families and staff. It’s a place where people can take a breather from the hustle and bustle.
“There are people using the sanctuary that haven’t been previously, and that’s all to do with the artwork on the wall.
“We wanted people to claim the space as their own – and the artwork has already achieved that.
Kirsten Sinclair, Director of Fundraising at Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity, said:
“The artwork that Phoebe has created with the help of the children and their families is beautiful. It totally transforms the space, and makes the entrance to the Sanctuary feel so warm and welcoming”.
This project was part of Impact Arts’ commissioned work, which involves professional artists in creating public artwork for community settings. If you are interested in commissioning us to complete a piece of work, please contact our Head of Development Carrie Manning on 0141 575 3001 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A new block of Make it Your Own kicked off this month in Paisley!
This is a project in partnership with Renfrewshire Council's Housing Support service that aims to make council tenancies more sustainable through offering people the chance to take part in creative workshops.
Those moving into first time tenancies work closely with Impact Arts' artists-in-residence to plan and design exactly what they want to do with their new homes to make it feel somewhere that is truly theirs.
Participants are given a shopping budget and are then taught a variety of creative skills that can be used to upcycle and make decorations and furnishings for the home.
After a hugely successful pilot at the beginning of this year, Impact Arts are now delivering a block of Make it Your Own for the next 9 months.
Those engaging in workshops have taken to them fantastically so far; in the last week:
- Angela took up two sets of blinds and primed several large canvases for some statement wall art pieces, while receiving a sewing masterclass from tutor Linda
- Rosie has also been sewing away, making a new set of cushions from scratch
- and Eddie is hard at work on a tiled bathroom mirror
As well as putting across some of their own personality in their new home, these are skills that will be passed on for any personal projects they choose to try their hand at in the future.
For more information about the Communities portion of Impact Arts' work, please visit this section of our website.
Last month, mobile museums hosted a showcase of animation and soundscapes focusing on the role the Scottish fire brigade played during World War 2.
Taking an intergenerational approach, sound artists and animators worked with young people from Ayrshire and Glasgow and older people living in care homes in Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire.
This digital heritage project was a partnership between Impact Arts and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
You can watch the video here.
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