Our News 2015
Launch of Arts for Dementia working with Age UK at Bradbury House delivering regular art Sessions for the people who attend the day centre, focusing on reminiscence and visual arts.
GAP’s first exhibition in conjunction with FOGS – GAP exhibited work produced in both the Arts for Wellbeing sessions and the Hands on Art sessions.
Due to demand Hands on Art becomes a weekly group.
The launch of CREATIONS a self-led women’s group every Monday evening for creative women, all welcome.
GAP was commissioned by Public Health to run an eight week Arts for Wellbeing project for women in Gamesley, an under privileged area, the women referred to the group because of family difficulties, social isolation and mental health problems. The aim of the group was to give the women some time for themselves, we provided a crèche with qualified childcare workers, and enjoyed being creative. The project was led by the women and they decided on felt-making, we produced a beautiful wall hanging which will be unveiled at a celebratory gathering.
GAP successfully organised a town wide art exhibition.
“This summer over 50 independent retailers in Glossop are taking part in Art in the Window 2015 transforming the streets into art galleries and providing local artists and artisan makers in the area the perfect opportunity to showcase their work.
Art in the Window will take place from the 1st August to 31st Bank Holiday Monday.
Shop windows, restaurants and retailers will displays work including photography, sculpture, fine art, textiles as well as painting and drawing. It will prove to be an eclectic mix of amateur and professional artists. This will include students work from Glossopdale Community College and Glossop Arts Project participants.
This year Glossop Arts Project (GAP) – Arts for Wellbeing will be organising the exhibition and will exhibit work produced by the participants.”
We were very pleased to announce that we have received confirmation that we have been awarded the Derbyshire Foundation, Freemasons of Derbyshire Grass Roots Fund, this is for much needed specialist art equipment. We have quite a few participants with dexterity problems and we wish to buy equipment for them to make art more accessible.
Also we have been awarded money from NDVA for the development of the drama workshops for adults with learning disabilities, our aim is to reach more people in our area and to raise awareness of the importance of keeping active.
There is much research around the health problems of people with learning disabilities see quote.
“People with learning disabilities have a much greater propensity to develop health problems (both physical and mental) when compared with the general population.
Research suggests people with learning disabilities are 58 times more likely to die before the age of 50. Respiratory and heart diseases are the leading causes of death for this group, and they are also more likely to have diabetes, sensory impairments, mental health problems or epilepsy.” (source) Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities.
Summer and Christmas fund raising
We have held our own fund-raising events such as a car boot sale, craft fairs and Glossop Carnival raising around £500.
We have recently secured funding from Glossop Rotary Club for a music system and funding from three local Councillors for materials and various community projects. Watch this space for all our news for 2016.