About The Project

Make It Expressive was made up of a series of creative workshops led by artist and educator Elizabeth Hammond.

The workshops were held over 4 days working with students who have severe learning difficulties and staff from Icknield School in Andover and with residents with physical and learning difficulties and staff from Enham Trust in Andover.

The aim of the project was to explore and learn how we can communicate through being creative together. The participants explored this idea through paperclay, monoprinting, drawing with sticks, collaborative recycled sculpture building and kinetic drawing. The workshops were about enjoying the process of being creative, which inevitably leads to more lively and engaging outcomes, being less rigid in expectations of ourselves and our output. This is hugely beneficial as it builds confidence which is far reaching beyond the project. The participants learnt to let go of preconceptions and enjoy being creative together.

The project was made possible with the support of Arts Council England & Test Valley Arts Foundation.

 

Project Elements

Workshops

Workshops were held over 4 days working with students who have severe learning difficulties and staff from Icknield School in Andover and with residents with physical and learning difficulties and staff from Enham Trust in Andover.

Elizabeth Hammond at The Lights

Exhibition

Work produced during the workshops is being displayed at The Lights Theatre in Andover.

Exhibition Dates: 27th Sept – 29th October

Open Monday – Friday 9 – 5

Saturdays 9 – 3

Public Events

Meet The Artist | Wednesday 6th October 11.30am (FREE) @ The Lights

All Age Drop In Workshop: Unexpected Drawing | Monday 25th October 11am – 2pm (£5 suggested donation) @ The Lights

“The two days were very well received by our residents, thanks to your brilliant approach and inclusive way of working. Everybody enjoyed the activities and felt involved, there truly was something for everyone. In fact it was a job stopping people from coming back to subsequent sessions even though they were not on the register!

What was brilliant was that you brought in a different energy, that of an artist, and you shared your passion with our residents, allowing them to engage freely, without worrying about the results. Our participants felt liberated and able to work in a freely expressive way. They all enjoyed your company and the way that you lead the sessions.”

Roma Nichol, Activities Program Manager, Enham Trust

 

“I’m going to tell my parents I had fun!”

“I want to come back and do it again!”

“Messy, that’s a good thing!”

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