Covid-19 Community Projects
For the whole community whatever your level of experience or age
Although all current art classes and projects have come to a standstill, the need to support wellbeing is greater than ever. Creative activities can play a powerful part in reducing stress and anxiety, identifying and communicating feelings. The following projects are our way of helping our community, supporting wellbeing and positivity during the Covid-19 ‘stay safe at home’ period (much better than lockdown, don’t you think?) The projects aim to support families home schooling children and connect those feeling isolated whether at home or in homes. The final artworks will give us something to look forward to and also be an important record of this historic period.
Collaboration with inspirational organisations from the creative industries
As Big as a Bus!
We’re aiming to produce a community artwork as BIG AS A BUS! That’s 12m x 3m! And we’re going to need lots of help–can you help make this artwork a reality? Once it’s safe to be out and about, the artwork will be put on public display in Solihull. We’re hoping to decorate a bus with it to make sure as many people as possible get to see it.
How you can get involved
Over the next couple of months, we’ll be putting a call out for artwork on different themes. All you have to do is create artwork in any medium based on the theme, take a photograph of it and email it to us when you are finished. Make sure to add the first name of the artist together with their age and email to [email protected]
Be sure to keep the original artwork for the exhibition and keep contributing to projects as they are released.
1. PROJECT HANAMI
17th April - 31st August
In collaboration with Tektura Wallcoverings
The Japanese custom of Hanami celebrates the arrival of spring. Translated, “Hana” means “flower” and “Mi” means “look”. The Japanese have been gathering to admire the short-lived cherry blossom of spring for over a thousand years.
It is particularly poignant at this time as the delicate cherry blossom–sakura–symbolises the beauty, fragility and transience of life. It is a time for appreciation and making closer connections to others.
The giving of flowers is a cultural tradition in many countries. Flowers have a way of communicating deeply felt emotions without words be it love, gratitude, sympathy, grief, respect or thanks. Let’s capture the spirit of spring blossom and use flowers to send messages to loved ones.
Find some blossom or spring flowers and make a painting of them. Work from pictures if you don’t have access to real flowers.
Use colours that capture the fresh vibrancy of spring. You could include a vivid blue sky like the picture above. Try to avoid black outlines around the flowers.
If flowers are not your thing, paint birds.
Share a message – who would you give the flower to and what would you say?
Put flowers between two pieces of newspaper before popping into a heavy book. Leave the flowers for a few weeks to dry.
Create a journal entry. Where did you pick the flowers? Why did you choose those flowers? What went through your thoughts that day?
How has your life changed? What things are you struggling with? What positive things can you focus on?
Illustrate your journal with pressed flowers.
3D paper flowers
Origami is the Japanese art of paper folding. Create 3D origami flowers. Our origami videos are coming soon, meanwhile look on youtube.
Share a message – who is it for?
Your flowers with messages will be turned into garlands for a community art installation.
When you’ve finished
- Photograph your paintings, flower pressings and journal entries, 3D flowers and email them to [email protected]
- Put Project Hanami in the Subject
- Include the artist’s name, age and the first part of your postcode (eg B92 if your postcode is B92 7EA)
- Add the name of the person with whom we should communicate for exhibition purposes
- Keep all original artwork safe—we will need this later for the exhibition
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