This week the ladies of Thorntree Roses met with the local press, and showed them the creative skills they’re learning while meeting friends and having lots of fun (not to mention drinking plenty of tea).
Thorntree Roses is a project set up for women on the Thorntree Estate of Middlesbrough which came out of a creative group meeting for coffee and craft at Thorntree Hub.
The women worked with Tees Valley Arts to successfully submit a bid to The Health Lottery’s ‘Healthimprove‘ fund which supports projects in specific areas of towns around the UK.
The group felt that women on the estate would engage with creative activities, could be enticed out to learn something new, and subsequently form a strong community group able to source artists and not only set up, but also find funding for their own projects in the future.
So far the group have had a try at fused glass, printmaking, photography , fabric crafts and creative writing and are just embarking on their first a 10 week block of sessions, with a trip to the National Glass Centre, some etching and more creative writing punctuating the mainly glassmaking sessions.
Thorntree Roses is open to women on the Thorntree Estate. To join in, contact Miki at Tees Valley Arts on +44 (0) 1642 264 651.
Read the article in the Northern Echo.
I am a community artist, maker and social activist, founder of both SkyBlueRed and Totally Locally Guisborough.