Body as Canvas Workshops

We are lucky to have a good relationship with the team at the New Art Exchange and for and we’ve
taken part in a couple of their Body As Canvas Workshops previously. The workshops are seasonal creative sessions for adults with learning and physical disabilities. Sessions are led by collaborators, experienced artists and support workers from LEVEL, a Matlock based arts space.

This workshop was based on the NAE’s current main gallery exhibition, Africa State of Mind, a group show featuring the works of African Photographers. The exhibition explores themes of identity and place, with images focusing on the urban environment in African countries and how a new generation of Africans are expressing themselves.

Poppin’ Portraits

We do some great creative projects here at Space, and a recent one that caught our eye has been happening at our Pelham Road site. Using the style of artist Julian Opie as inspiration,
our folks have been creating their own portraits using Opie’s characteristic thick black outlines and solid colours. Space clients have been recognising the simplified facial features and characteristics and producing some fantastic work.

A Walk in the Woods

Autumn is always a super time to take a walk, the changing colour of the leaves, the cold crisp weather, woolly jumpers and a nice hot drink at the end… Our folks in Mansfield Woodhouse are in a perfect spot too, with some lovely countryside and forest walks right on their doorstep. A recent five mile (good work guys!) stroll around Sherwood Forest (stopping by to see the Major Oak of course) included a chance sighting of some very handsome fly agaric mushrooms. As they are toxic hands were kept firmly in pockets, and unfortunately there were no sightings of pixies on this occasion… Maybe next time..!

Everything is Illuminated

On Friday a group of intrepid adventurers from our Sherwood site made the trip to the Lakeside Arts Centre to enjoy the sensory delights of the Illuminarium. Created by Nottingham based artists Architects of Air, the Illuminarium is a regular visitor and offers people the opportunity to be immersed in light, colour and offers a different perspective of the world… Personally, we’d like a small one in our back garden!

Parklife

Last Friday we paid a visit (again!) to a Yorkshire Park – this time it was Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

For a day’s fun with art, it really is hard to beat the Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP).

Set in a landscaped garden laid out in the eighteenth century, it’s a place to wander, discover and be amazed – and so it was for our clients.

One thing they especially enjoyed was imitating the sculptures around them to create innovative photographs. Some of the sculptures were very fun indeed, some had spiritual connotations, some were colourful and others were tactile. All were unique in one way or another, which meant that there was always something new and different to look at.

Sculpture, when it’s in a gallery can sometimes be a bit bewildering or hard to understand. When it’s set in a park like the YSP it certainly becomes more interesting and intriguing. Thank you to the YSP for giving our clients a day to remember.

A wild time

Last week a group of intrepid clients went to South Yorkshire to discover Polar bears, lions, camels and rhinos. Not typical for South Yorkshire? Well, we were at Yorkshire Wildlife Park!

Built on a former riding school and farm, Yorkshire Wildlife Park was opened in 2009. A dynamic centre for conservation and welfare, the park has over 400 animals and over 70 different species of animals.

Our clients enjoyed seeing the different animals and learning about them on the way. From the Bactrian camel herd to the the Giant Otter reserve, they were intrigued and beguiled.

One client, Zach, said “My favourite thing was the Polar bear”; and we can see why – working in association with Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundation (YWPF) and Polar Bears International (PBI), Yorkshire Wildlife Park’s Project Polar is YWP and YWPF’s flagship project.

Overall, the day was a great success and we would like to thank the staff, keepers and animals at Yorkshire Wildlife Park for giving us a very warm welcome.

Shop Talk

There are lots of intriguing new products at Spacecraft at the moment – it’s certainly well worth popping in and having a look. From handmade notebooks to cushions, tote bags and house decorations; everything is handmade by our amazing clients.

Remember, you can also get your bike serviced there, which is pretty cool! We are very welcoming and will always be happy to make a tea or coffee for you, so there are plenty of reasons to pay a visit to Spacecraft at 102 Hucknall Road in the Carrington area of Nottingham.

We’re open from to 9am to 3:30pm on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.

Southwell so good

Yesterday a group of Clients from Pelham Road took a trip on the bus to the beautiful town of Southwell.

Our support Worker, Jen, had found an interesting exhibition of Lego sculptures at the Minster (Cathedral) and thought it would be a fun day out. And you know what? It was indeed!

The group’s first stop was a lovely park next to the Minster where they had lunch and went on a zip wire. Then it was off to have a look in the Minster itself. It’s a magnificent building – built around 1,000 years ago, it literally towers over the small town.

The group had a look at some of the gargoyles that had been carved. Some are really fun indeed – especially the ones depicting animals like sheep and cows!

Then it was on to have a quick look around the old palace of the Archbishop of York (because it was a Minster, Southwell didn’t have a Bishop in medieval times). It was very grand indeed!

Before the bus arrived the group chilled out on the lawn outside the Minster – the weather was magnificent and just the ticket for enjoying some time outside.

The day was a great success. One client, Joe, especially found the town was just right for him – “I love Southwell” he said whilst he was relaxing in the shade waiting for the bus.

Hoodwinked

A group of Pelham Road clients have been on a free sculpture trail in Nottingham.

The tales of Robin Hood’s cloak and dagger exploits to outwit the Sheriff of Nottingham are famous worldwide.

The Hoodwinked trail is a mischievous modern-day twist on these stories of camouflage and cunning. Hoodwinked sees him outwitting the Sheriff again. Robin is everywhere . . . and apparently nowhere.

The Robin sculptures are in plain sight but masquerading in coats of many colours, designed individually by different artists. Will the Sheriff spot Robin . . . or will he be Hoodwinked?

The sculptures will be auctioned on 18 October to raise money for Nottinghamshire Hospice. In the meantime, we’ll keep you abreast of all our discoveries until the trail ends on 30 September!