Celebrating creativity at St Cubert with hands-on tactile workshops
Creativity inspired by St Cubert Church is being celebrated in a series of workshops over the month of May. Thanks to Lottery Funding secured to ensure this ancient church’s future, these are free workshops that invite the community to create art that can be taken out to those in the community that cannot easily access the church.
Sacred Land, Saints and Sand
The workshops are part of the Sacred Land, Saints and Sand, a project that responded to the previously forgotten glory of this ancient church. Founded in the seventh century when St Cubert followed in the footsteps of St Piran to establish a church close to the ancient Holy Well, the church is once again a treasured space at the heart of the Cubert community.
The workshops will explore texture, touch and the very tactile nature of the space through drawing, embossing, and generally getting stuck in with clay and plaster of Paris. It’s very hands on, it’s free and it’s open to everyone, particularly welcoming those with disabilities.
Leading the workshops is Wendy Daws, a highly-regarded Kent based artist who has just been awarded a British Empire medal for her work with the disabled. Underpinning Wendy’s work is the belief that disability is not an impairment to creativity and that art is for all, regardless of age, ability or background.
The hope is that items can be created to form part of memory boxes that will be taken out into the community to care homes and memory cafes, to help reconnect those who might not be able to access the church anymore. Through sensory experiences, people, especially those living with dementia, can initiate reminiscing that can really help to improve well-being by feeling connected again.
If you would like to be part of this, or if you just fancy a creative morning in a beautiful space – or you know someone who would – please have a look below and click on the links to book a space.
Tactile Detectives: May 7th
Become a detective for the day with Wendy Daws. Specially equipped, your mission as detectives will be to explore and draw St Cubert’s focusing on touch, textures, shapes around this historic church. You will emboss your findings onto foil board to create a tactile drawing.
Suitable for all ages, it’s free and fun. Drop in any time during the three-hour window.
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Explore, draw, mould & cast: May 12th
“We will be helping to develop skills to create low level relief plaques using clay and plaster-of-paris. Exploring textures, mark-making and carving into clay slabs are all part of the workshop that is suitable for all ages and abilities,”says Wendy
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All materials supplied and Wendy will help you create your own masterpieces to take away.
The sessions take their inspiration from workshops designed for the blind but are suitable for all ages and disabilities. They are fully accessible although there is currently no ramp at the church, so wheelchair access in limited.