It’s My World 

Our current project funded by The Ragdoll Foundation  brings innovative creative experiences and the power of the natural world to children and their families who deal day to day with the impact of deprivation.

Photo: Kate Green Photography

We’ve embarked on this project because the groups we’ve been working with in recent years have identified many problems that arise within families living with urban deprivation. Children struggle to thrive emotionally and creatively within the confines of their everyday lives in which many cultural and economic pressures effect family life. Spending time with their families away from the pressures of everyday life allows children to relax, to explore and discover the natural world and their own creative ability. 

By providing regular visits to The Rodd this spring and summer we're encouraging children to find their voice within the family. We run informal workshops led by inspiring artist-tutors Emma Bowen, Kate Green and Tony Hall with assistant artist Nushin Hussain. The workshops are set in Rodd wood and farmland as well as the Trust’s Grain Barn and Gallery. Participants are free to immerse themselves in the natural environment and express themselves using a range of creative processes. 

 

The Trust is delivering the project in conjunction with organisations that support these children and their families:  

Creative Cohesion West Midlands works to enhance cultural relations and cohesion between communities through creative activities and educational opportunities. It aims to address under-representation and accessibility for deprived communities. 

Photo: Kate Green Photography

St Basils is a Birmingham based charity giving immediate and longer term support to young people affected by homelessness. As well as offering vital accommodation St Basils helps young people develop essential life skills for independent living and supports mothers with babies and toddlers. 

Photo: Nushin Hussain

We are also undertaking some research to measure the value of the project to participants which we hope will support us in improving our work and attracting funding for future projects.  

Follow the project's progress on The  Green Room blog. 

IT'S MY WORLD SYMPOSIUM

Friday 19 October 12 noon - 5pm

DETAILS HERE

Read Project Co-ordinator Kate Morgan-Clare's Sharing Practice article for Engage

READ HERE

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