The A5 Art Show Workshops


The ethos of the biennale art shows, from the beginning, has been to open the opportunity for participation to all residents, who come from a very diverse cultural background and cover the whole age spectrum. In the months leading up to each exhibition, we have run workshops for different groups of people facilitated by professional artists.

This artwork is featured in the exhibition.

The four themed workshops held over this summer were:

Young people on the Aylesbury Estate

On this south London estate, which Notting Hill Genesis is regenerating, we run a continuous youth programme.  As part of this summer’s activity programme we invited artist Fernene Eunoia to explore the theme of ‘home’ and what it means to the young people. The sessions were hugely popular, and included work in clay, collage and paint.

Older people from Mildmay extra care scheme 

Joshua Sofaer is a world renowned artist whose work is concerned with modes of collaboration and participation. Joshua rents a community studio in our Mildmay extra care scheme, a partnership with Cubitt Arts. In return for a reduced rent Joshua works with residents on art projects.  Residents really enjoy working with Joshua, finding it hugely rewarding and uplifting as well as often discovering hidden artistic talent.  The workshops for The A5 Show were particularly exciting as they incorporated photos of historical artworks. Residents then used collage, painting and humour to give the works a complete makeover.

People living with dementia 

Jolie Goodman, an independent artist who works for the Mental Health Foundation, worked with twelve creative people who live in extra care services across London, including our specialist unit at Penfold Street, Westminster. Jolie’s workshop explored the themes of responding to paintings with memory loss and dementia. With her expert facilitation, this session gave residents a positive opportunity to rediscover their creativity and express themselves.

People living with learning disabilities 

Globally renowned for her live painting at jazz and music festivals, artist and facilitator Gina Southgate led this workshop at a housing scheme for residents with learning disabilities. The session also included local people who attend day sessions at the scheme.  Using music, participants were encouraged to respond with paint and explore print and texture. The workshop was enjoyed by everyone who worked on individual large scale pieces, then selected areas, which formed submissions for The A5 Show.

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