The programme consists of
- Open Studio Sessions – No need to book, no experience required. Just drop in to try out a variety of art and craft materials and meet new people in a relaxed environment.
- Art & Craft Workshops – in a variety of media including: painting, printmaking, paper making, photography, fused glass, jewellery textiles & card making
- Creative Arts Taster Sessions & Projects – including music, creative writing, dance & drama
- Individual & Small Group Sessions
- Art & Environment Projects – creating art to improve the local area, inside and outside
- Health Promotion Projects – using art to raise awareness of specific health issues
- FEAST - a project to explore and celebrate food and art.
- Projects, Advice & Training – for local groups & organisations in how to incorporate the arts in their programmes
- Artist Mentoring – offering advice & work experience in a supportive & structured environment
- Research & Development
To find out how to get involved in the arts programme or to learn more about the health benefits of exploring the arts come and chat to Charlotte or call 021 430 0135
Benefits of the NICHE Art Programme
Integrated approach – the artist is integrated into the team of community health workers and through that into the local network of community and health workers and into pre-existing community groups.
Long term approach – rather than short term projects – which often last only a few weeks – the ongoing nature of the work allows for sensitive, patient development of relationships with participants and nurturing and support of their individual interests and creativity.
Responsive approach – allowing planned projects to change and responding to suggestions and requests from other agencies and the local community.
Collaborative approach – working in collaboration with other workers on issue based and group focused projects. Working in collaboration with participants to help realise their creative goals.
Open access policy – allowing participants the freedom and flexibility to drop in rather than sign up or commit to attendance
Local partnerships – enable work with other groups in the community.
Information and support resource – for local community and artists
Focus on arts & health, but within a community development model – offering a wide and open approach in response to specific targets