As part of Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation’s Year of Drawing, the Make Your Mark team brought a Pop up Art Studio to YMCA Worthing Foyer on Wednesday 25 July.
The three hour session, led by local artist and tutor Sara Dare, saw residents, staff and guests getting involved to create art using a range of techniques, styles and mediums.
Experience wasn’t necessary and a few of the young people were initially hesitant, claiming that they weren’t “good at Art”. However, the open-ended nature of the approach allowed the young people who felt that they “couldn’t draw” to explore materials without feeling self-conscious. The atmosphere was encouraging and laid back and along with the opportunity to get creative, offered a space for residents to meet and talk – especially those who were fairly new and hadn’t had chance to socialise yet. Everyone who got involved said they enjoyed the Pop up Studio and produced some great work.
A Year of Drawing is a year-long site specific drawing project led by Make Your Mark, the arts and health programme for Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. The project aims to increase access to the arts for people facing mental health challenges in Sussex and Hampshire.
The project is supported by Heads On through generous funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England, and grants from Chalk Cliff Trust, John Horniman’s Children’s Trust, Rockinghorse Children’s Charity and the Dixie Rose Findlay Charitable Trust.
Further Pop ups are planned for YMCA Crawley Foyer and YMCA Horsham at Horsham Y Centre later in the year.