We’ve been planning some new projects with new partners thanks to funding from the charity SCREAM.
In November 2017 members of FLOW worked with glass artist Sue Woolhouse to make glass pieces using coloured and plain glass and sections of mirror. This was the first time members had been in a glass artist’s studio and worked with glass and they loved it. Drawings were made into some beautiful glass pieces using the sandblaster. Great fun!
Young people’s comments: ‘I was so excited doing the sand blasting!’ ‘Absolutely amazing. I love it!’ ‘It was exciting making art in a new place.’ ‘Sue was very welcoming and let us use loads of her stuff.’ Claire Gladstone, FLOW’s leader said ‘Sue was so welcoming and made all our students feel at ease. On behalf of FLOW (NE) CIC I would like to thank VARC and Sue for giving us this amazing opportunity. We really appreciate it.’
After the visits to Sue’s studio the group spent a day with Sue at the National Glass Centre in Sunderland. There they were able to explore the Centre and exhibitions and watched a glass-blowing demonstration and a few members had a go themselves. And in the afternoon they made collages inspired by the River Wear that runs past next to the Centre from coloured cellophane that mimic the qualities of stained glass.
This project formed part of DRAWING, a programme of exhibitions and events throughout the north-east that celebrates role of drawing in art, culture and the everyday.
More about FLOW:
FLOW is a community hub in North Tynesidecommitted to promoting and enhancing the future of young adults with additional needs. It does this through creative and vocational opportunities to develop skills and self-esteem.