Phoenix Art Group was initially set up in 2001 for people with mental health issues, and has been open to everyone with an interest in the arts for the last three years. The group has met at St Mary’s Church in Stockton but unfortunately the Church are unable to accommodate the group any more and the group has until the beginning of March to find other accommodation.
Adrian Moule, the voluntary arts facilitator is now asking anyone who is in a position to help in any way possible.
The group currently pays a small amount for the use of a large room on a Saturday and storage for their materials. The group encourages well being through the visual arts and crafts and can supply some materials to those who are not in a position to engage in the arts otherwise.
“What we need is a room to cater for 15 people working from tables from 9am until 3pm on a Saturday, and some storage. If anyone knows of a space available on Saturdays that can accommodate this use please contact me on 07971 356095. We help with the showcasing of work for the participants and develop their skills in employability where possible. The importance of the group is apparent; one person who has had to move to Sunderland is travelling down to Stockton on Saturdays to continue meeting and working on their art projects.”
The Phoenix Art Group caters for people who have suffered mental health problems/issues, carers for people with disabilities, people who are suffering the effects of Diaspora and those who are looking for a safe environment and friendships to engage in arts and crafts.
Don’t miss this opportunity to see the inspirational work of the Warrior Women. The group have produced some exceptional digital art work that explores and shares their common experience of violence and abuse. The group were invited to develop their pictures into a larger scale exhibition, after their work attracted attention during an exhibition at Arc for International Women’s Day.
Warrior Women have worked with Project Co-ordinator Moira O’Neill and artists Helen Ward and Rachel Clarke on the production of work for this new exhibition and it is hoped that a further project can be started using tees valley arts’ new Mobile Digital Arts Studio.
Mobile Integrated Digital Arts Studio
Over the next few months four of our In:volve groups will have the opportunity to work with a new Mobile Digital Arts Studio. They will use the studio to develop material that will promote their work to a wider audience and encourage them to use interactive media to communicate between groups. Their work will also be linked to tva’s new website that is currently in development.
The Mobile Digital Arts Studio, which includes two laptops, visual arts and music software, cameras, recording equipment and printers, has been provided by an award from a Ukonline/UFI partnership and includes funds to support the groups to develop their digital skills and make greater use of tva as a Ukonline Centre.
The Groups involved are:
- Phoenix Arts: Adults with Mental Health Issues (Stockton)
- small world: Big Drums: Adults with learning and/or physical disabilities (Middlesbrough)
- Warrior Women: A group of women who have suffered mental or physical abuse (Hartlepool)
- You Are Here: Erimus House Refugee and Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (Middlesbrough)
- To create a pilot project which will create the template to develop a long-term, sustainable project
- To introduce a range of skills enabling participants to produce material which can be broadcast on the web and allow participants / groups to actively participate in their local ‘online community’
- To engage new learners who have difficulty accessing mainstream services and signpost them to other learning opportunities
- To create online links between participants promoting communication and collaboration
The project will use the new mobile digital studio to bring a different learning experience to some of its users and focus on creating new work to be presented online and develop a communication network between participants.
Using the theme of ‘identity’ the work will be created using music, visual arts, video, creative writing etc. Groups will create their own weblogs and will culminate in a joint online artwork / production or visual / sound gallery of work. It is hoped that the groups will be able to communicate in such a way that cross fertilisation of work can take place, e.g. small world : Big Drums will record and upload work on to the site that other participants can respond to.
The website www.midastva.co.uk is under construction by Steve Thompson from the Teesblog project at the University of Teesside and is being designed as a site for the four groups.