Today is the launch of our new RBSA and national disability charity Sense’s Making Together: Mentor Programme exhibition featuring work by artists and art-makers involved in an innovative new project.
Sense Arts and the RBSA are working on a year-long project called Making Together supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
RBSA artists worked in collaboration with disabled art lovers from Sense TouchBase Pears in Selly Oak, Birmingham. There was an exhibition earlier in the year and this show is part of the second in three stages to the project.
The show features art made from a ‘felt perspective’ during one-to-one mentoring sessions between Sense art-makers Marteena and Yiannis and professional artists Annette Pugh ARBSA and Karoline Rerrie. They developing a person-centred approach informed by their own current practice and input from Sense.
The exhibition is a great opportunity for anyone with an interest in inclusive arts to learn more about working with disabled people. And the work produced by Sense art-makers is centre stage.
Support workers have praised the project, seeing the immediate benefits of inclusive art sessions. Both Marteena and Yiannis made a range of artwork now on show at the RBSA.
Kadir Matin, Deputy Care Manager at a Sense residential care home, said: ‘The one overriding benefit of this art project was the one-to-one support that Yiannis was given by Annette the artist. The intimate setting also played a part in keeping Yiannis engaged with no distractions from others.’
The project has had a lasting impact, and art will become a more regular part of daily life at Yiannis’s home.
Kadir added: ‘The staff and I will be looking at expanding our collection of art equipment, and we’d love to make more use of the app Annette used in her sessions.
‘We are really looking forward to seeing some of Yiannis’s work on display.’
Visit the exhibition!
The RBSA and Sense Making Together: Mentor Programme exhibition runs until 12 October.
More about artists Annette Pugh and Karoline Rerrie
Annette is a painter who also works with lens-based media. The impact of photography on painting and drawing is key to her work. Her practice is informed by an interest in archive material and the sustained use of analogue and digital technologies. Annette has worked extensively with community based projects and as teacher/lecturer of art and design to MA level. She has exhibited widely in group and solo projects, is represented by Reuben Colley Fine Art, and her work is held numerous private collections.
Karoline is an illustrator who creates images by hand using drawing and screen printing. Her work is characterised by bold outlines, pattern and bright colours so it is well suited to the technique of screen printing. As well as printmaking she is inspired by folk art, craft and costumes from around the world and Eastern Europe in particular.
What are we doing next?
Stage 3 of the project will involve artists Rob Hamp and Andrea Hannon (whose art collaboration is known as Ha). They will be working with Sense charity shops and a Sense artist to create sculptures from donated items. More to follow on ART BLOG in the coming months. Be sure to follow behind-the-scenes updates by following the project on Twitter: @rbsagallery and @titled_ha
Making art more accessible for everyone
RBSA Gallery and Sense TouchBase Pears have a range of activities and resources to help people to enjoy art.
RBSA Gallery is open seven days a week and is free to visit. All visitors are welcome, and staff are happy to help. If you would like to have access to our sensory handling collections during your visit, please contact the Gallery to let us know. For access and outreach information to help you plan your visit and learn more about RBSA, see our online films:
Sense TouchBase Pears offers an extensive range of inclusive creative activities. View their full programme on their website.
All images: Annette Pugh, Karoline Rerrie and Sense
The Making Together project is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
We would also like to thank the Grimmitt Trust for their support of our work with Sense.