Community arts project in Stamford and Bourne

Patients can sign up for community arts and wellbeing projects taking place in Stamford and Bourne over the coming months.    

The Art Pop-Up collective is running a monthly art club for over 55s in both towns while there are also Creative Journalling sessions and a series of events with street artist Korp.   

All are free to join and they are aimed at promoting good mental health, enabling people to forge connections and friendships with others in the community.  

Community Arts

Sam Roddan, director of Art Pop-Up said: ‘Positive health and wellbeing is so important, particularly through the pandemic, and so we want as many people as possible to take part. So many people think they are no good at art but everybody can be creative, you just have to figure out what your creativity is. That is the aim of the art club to help people find where their creativity lies. We have lots of art activities including watercolour and clay work and the tuition and most of the art materials are provided. It is about encouraging people to experiment, have fun and build their confidence.’   

Creative Journalling for Parents is a session where parents can take time out for themselves and reflect whilst having fun and learning new skills as they will be given advice and tips on journalling, which is an increasingly popular activity.   

Well-known street artist Korp will be at Strays Coffee on the High Street every Wednesday from 10am to 12 noon, sharing hints and tips and drawing in the Community Sketch Book. The project will begin on 19 January and run weekly until the beginning of May.    

Sam said: ‘This is aimed at a younger demographic but there isn’t an age restriction. We don’t expect people to be creative geniuses, it is for anybody who wants a chat or who fancies having a go. Korp is also running three formal drawing workshops which are free to sign up to'.     

The projects are being funded through the Shine Network and they are the latest in a series of community initiatives which have included the creation of a ‘Wellbeing Map’ of Stamford showing places that the community would recommend to visit and a similar map project will be taking place in Bourne very soon. A book has been published with details of more than 120 local groups to enable people to connect and engage with others in the community.  

Published: Jan 14, 2022

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