art and creativity
Hope loves art and creativity
As part of all our work, Hope tries to use and promote art and other creative activity to help people and improve their lives. We have a thriving range of creative groups using different media and means of self-expression, as well as groups who gather for self-help and who use art as part of their therapy. It gives voice and dignity to our service users.
Art and other graphic media can provide a way of coping with distress, with pain, and offers therapy. Some of Hope’s artist’s work can be considered part of the tradition known as Art Brut or Outsider Art, made by people who do not see themselves as artists (although they are) and whose art is a release and in some cases untrained self-expression.
Yet Hope’s art groups also sell their work and showcase what they do in art shows. Some of Hope’s artists, like Juris, are really exceptional, trained artists, who exhibit regularly.
We also promote creative writing and help people to express themselves through writing.
Local legendary comic book author Alan Moore popped in in 2017 to encourage our writers.
Thanks to all our fabulous volunteers who help lead sessions – we always need new people to help run a group or a class. If you have specific skills, discuss ideas with us, whether it is pottery, photography, welding, murals, singing …..