11 December 2014
Every picture tells a story
With every negative, I try to find a positive. For example, a
while ago I broke a mirror! Bad - right? Well yes, until I realised
the fact that even though I have lost a mirror, I have just gained
The idea of "Fresh Art" came from my own experience at Hillview
Lodge in Bath. Art had always played a large part in my life and
being faced with sun bleached reproductions of famous artist's
works hanging on the walls there was dispiriting.
I came up with the idea of creating new, original stimulating
pieces of work as a kind of 'give back' scheme. Many of us feel
after all the help we have received, we would like to give
something back that would benefit not only other patients, but also
The idea was simple. We would create new stimulating Fresh Art!
Once hung, the art could provoke interest and conversation about
the subject matter. For example, someone could say "I like this
because" and this could lead onto the expression of feelings and
emotions that may not have arisen previously.
The project has done more that provoke a few conversations!
At first, the idea was to create six pieces of art to replace
the dull prints. We set out to do this with great help from Sarah
Parkingson the resident Art therapist at Hillview, Ralph Lillywhite
from St Mungo's and Phillipa Foristry from Creativity Works.
Together, we applied for funding for materials and framing through
St Mungos and AWP Charitable Funds. We were delighted to also
receive enough funding from other groups to extend the project
Rather than creating six pieces through Fresh Art, the group
have managed to exceed all expectations by producing over 60
photographs, drawings, prints, paintings and much more. With
support from everyone, and Camilla Nelson from Creativity Works,
the artists also had the opportunity to display their work at the
Bath Arts Festival (FAB2014).This amazing output was inspired in
part by the generosity of the Herschel Museum, No.1 Royal Crescent,
the Holburne Museum, the American Museum and Buildings of Bath
collection, who kindly lent artefacts to inspire new work and also
use of their facilities to create the work in a safe and supportive
I believe that the artists have achieved confidence,
responsibility and most of all pleasure from their work and the
feedback from family, friends and carers. The group have been able
to express themselves through art, for themselves and others to
enjoy. This has has helped towards their own well-being and
hopefully the well-being of people who have had to use the
facility's at Hillview Lodge.
I am happy to say that some of the pictures are now on display on
Sycamore Ward and others are on loan to the Art at the Heart
Foundation. Carrying out their intended purpose to create a
positive when sometimes you are only faced with negatives.
You can Follow Fresh Art on Twitter @FreshArtBath.