hArt's creative events at ArtSway hailed a success!
'Awards for all' lottery funding enabled hArt to reach out to groups throughout the local community.
As part of the New Forest Arts Festival in June 2016, Sway-based art therapy charity, hArt (Hampshire Art for Recreation and Therapy), showcased the professional expertise of creative therapists and artists in a 5 day special event held at ArtSway in Sway. Thanks to the 'Awards for all' lottery funding, hART was able to rent the whole space at ArtSway for 5 days. The team also spent 3 days at Furzey Gardens.
The opportunity included introductory sessions for professionals, potential funders and referring bodies, including GPs and teachers, and demonstrated how creative therapies can enable people to express themselves and explore their feelings in a safe and guided situation.
There were also sessions of art psychotherapy, drama therapy and dance and movement for both adults and children and special sessions for invited groups, including those living with dementia and their carers, looked-after children, young people on the Autistic spectrum and adults with mental health issues. The event also included a special trip to a local junior school for a wonderful movement and imagination session.
Evening sessions for adults were very well received, given the opportunity to just relax and try something new and creative, under the gentle direction of the hArt team.
hArt decided to present this event in order to expand the services available initially to people in the New Forest, where access is limited and where it can be difficult for people to travel from more rural locations. The eventual aim is to establish small groups where such activities can be presented in weekly workshops, in a number of venues throughout the area.
“It has shown me how important art is as a therapy and I definitely intend to make more room for it in my life’’.
“I have found this experience very positive having met a lovely bunch of people and learned a lot of new skills which I am using in my day to day life.”
Bug Barn Workshops
The hArt team also spent three days at Furzey Gardens during the New Forest Arts Festival. Morning and afternoon sessions held in the Bug Barn, with workshops based around working with clay, discovering charcoal and inks, printing - lino stamps and screen prints, and a special outdoor workshop making edible sculptures for our furry and feathered friends.
Dance and movement with Kieran Sheehan
Kieran Sheehan has extensive experience in delivering movement and imagination work with a variety of groups and has led a number of complex participatory projects in partnership with organisations as diverse as Opera North, Ice and Fire Theatre Company and Dance Digital. He is Head of Movement and Academic Development at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (North). He is currently the Revival Movement Director on Figaro for Glyndebourne Opera.
Dramatherapy with Marie Woodhouse
Marie Woodhouse MA is a highly experienced dramatherapist, based in Southampton, and who has worked with clients with histories of addiction, mental health problems and learning difficulties as well as trauma victims and those diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome. Her clients range from 4 years old to adults, and she works one to one or in group situations.She is currently the Contracts Support Office at Southampton City Council Integrated Commissioning Unit.
Art therapy with Samantha Lewis
Sam Lewis MA BA Hons is lead Art Psychotherapist with hArt as well as an independent Therapist with her own private practice. She has worked with children, in schools and colleges and for The Butterfly Foundation for children affected by domestic abuse. She has developed programmes for adults with mental health issues and learning disabilities, refugees and asylum seekers and with older people living with Dementia, delivering many Arts and Wellbeing programmes on behalf of hArt. The most recent funded by The New Forest National Park Authority which took the therapeutic space into an outdoor setting.
hArt (Hampshire Art for Recreation and Therapy) was registered as a charity in October 2014. Its aims are to provide creative and recreational opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to improve health and wellbeing. We offer one-to-one and group work and tailor make programmes for specific needs. Whether we are running a fun recreational workshops for parents, grandparents and children, or providing psychotherapeutic support for people with long-term and complex issues, we have a team of fully qualified and experienced therapists, facilitators, teachers, artists, makers and volunteers.
hArt has already delivered 5 programmes, and worked with adults and children, and is continuing to develop new projects and partnerships. We have worked with the New Forest National Park Authority, Oakhaven Hospice, Lymington New Forest Hospital, Solent Mind, local schools, colleges and care homes. We are currently fund-raising to provide a weekly drop-in session which will be available for people to attend either through self-referral or through GPs, as well as providing some continuity and social contact for those who have previously attended our programmes.