Social Engagement

Social engagement is a key aspect of Diana's practice, often working with vulnerable and disadvantaged people of all ages in education, health and cultural settings. 

 

Workshops and opportunities to take part in creative activities are all devised and tailored for the needs of each group and of the host organisation.

 

Self-esteem and wellbeing are enhanced through arts activities.
A common project encourages important social connections between the artist, individuals taking part and the group as a whole.

The GladRags Project  (2020)

Haslemere Educational Museum

The Covid-19 lockdown immediately cancelled all scheduled social engagement projects. The GladRags Project was developed and launched voluntarily within days as a response to support wellbeing during isolation, distancing  and to support home education. 
Participants send photos of their recycled textile projects, using stitch, collage, paint and craft. It will be assembled into a patchwork recording the thoughts and sights that made our community feel glad during this challenging time.


 

In May, Arts Council England awarded a grant from their Covid-19 emergency fund that enabled me to publicise and share the project resources free with other community hubs to co-ordinate in their own areas.

The Ice Project  (2020)

Hampshire Cultural Trust / Hampshire NHS CAMHS /The Barker Mill Foundation

Eastleigh Young Carers  re-imagined sculpture as costume, designing for a character of their choosing. During the 10 week project they worked with recycled materials, fabrics and garments finding ways to alter, shape and secure with minimal sewing. Inspired by a visit from Hampshire Wardrobe, they experimented with design, print, decorative details and shared their outcomes, achieving their Arts Award.

 

Horizon 20:20  (2019-20)

Hampshire Cultural Trust / Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Horizon 2020 is an ambitious arts intervention programme using engaging arts and cultural activity to achieve positive social impact for vulnerable young people who have been excluded from mainstream school, or cannot cope in a mainstream learning environment, for a variety of reasons.

Students each designed and made a three dimensional Totem Head to think about character and expression to form collaborative totem poles.

FISH Scheme  (2019)

Guildford Borough Council

Fun in the School Holidays (FISH) is an inclusive play scheme offering a huge variety of activities to 600 children , 60% of whom are vulnerable or less advantaged.

The facilitating artist works alongside 10-16 year olds, key workers and management to provide a variety of activities for all abilities.

Pop-up Sculpture Gallery 

Strategies for engaging young people include activities that achieve fast, pleasing results. The foil and wire drawing gallery is one of of a range of introductory activities that quickly build confidence and a sense of fun into sessions with new participants, whilst working within often strict budgets.

West Dean Arts Festival  (2018)

The brief for open-access public engagement was to provide an evolving, collaborative arts activity highlighting discussions around single-use plastics. The Urchin Form grew over the three days of the event with the help of  visitors of all ages.

Horizon 20:20  (2018)

Hampshire Cultural Trust / Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Young people worked with broad ideas of 'self portrait' to express their interests and dreams. From sporting ambition to the rap lyricist and the tender reflections on a relationship, this work was exhibited at Winchester Discovery Centre.

The Fountain Centre (2017)

This text-based collaboration was made using words that friends would use to describe the maker.  These positive thoughts were then traced off with coloured wire and assembled into a single form.

Community Craft Mosaic  (2016)
Haslemere Educational Museum, sponsored by the Ernest Cook Trust.

Using the Museum's Peasant Art Collection as inspiration, a programme of workshops encouraged over 500 people to contribute crafted squares, making use of recycled materials and remnants.
The mosaic incorporated weaving, printing, collage, ceramics, knitting and stitch with a participation age range from 9 weeks to 90 years.

Spirit of the Woods  (2016)

South Hill Park, Berkshire

Open-access public workshops as part of South Hill Park's Engage! with Arts weekend.
The aim was to encourage children and families to connect and collect from the woodland, creating imaginary creatures with natural found objects.

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