There are some very talented artists that come to SPARC and we are always impressed by what people can create with a little time and inspiration.
The art and craft in-reach sessions have been taking place on Arden and Norbury wards since 2013.
They provide an activity and something creative to do for anyone on the wards. The group helps people socialise, work together and of course have a bit of fun. The projects that the group work on are often displayed on the wards which allows people to have an impact on their environment that they can be proud of .
There are a variety of activities that take place in the sessions, sometimes focused around small pieces of work such as making cards and sometimes people work together on a larger project. The picture below is of the most recent project completed by the group.
We hope that this group strengthens ties between people on the wards and the rest of SPARC. People often come out of the wards and start attending the centre and we hope that groups like this and the Music In-reach (more info on the way) can make that transition a little bit easier.
We recently submitted a piece to the 100 moments project. This piece was completed using the contributions of 100 members, staff and volunteers from SPARC. If you want to have a look at it on the website you can click here and you can see the full size picture below. This is a great example of shared experiences and working together to create something meaningful.
“SPARC was contacted in September 2016 to be a part of Manchester Devolution’s Live Well Make Art social movement, designed to promote the benefits that art has on well-being.
The 100 moments week was a showcase for community/health/arts organisations to provide a ‘moment’.
A moment could be a public event or workshop, a talk or interview with a participant, an online moment or a collection of images. As the time frame was narrow I decided to facilitate a piece that would capture the thoughts of members, staff, volunteers and associates of SPARC about the things that keep them well.
The Comments are written on butterfly shaped pieces of white card and presented on a white canvas as a minimalist artwork (white on white) which draws attention to the text.
The title alludes to psyche, who in Greek and Roman mythology was the personification of the human soul and from whose name we have psychology and psychiatry.
The submitted pieces to the 100 Moments will be published on the 100 Moments blog, Twitter and Facebook accounts, and will be incorporated into a publication that will be sent to all Public Health and NHS commissioners in February 2017.”