The Oasis Project is the result of planning between Artlink, Leeds Jewish Welfare Board and the artists Becky and Bryony over many months. This project came about as we were aware of the growing numbers of unpaid carers within our communities, how these voices are sometimes not heard, with levels of care often taken for granted by society as a whole.
As project managers and practioners with Artlink we know the power of creativity to develop confidence, create networks of support and also space to give people the time to focus on themselves in a positive and nurturing manner. We wanted to aspire to this through The Oasis Project…And so our journey with the group begain in February 2014.
Guided and supported by the artists, the group explored movement, performance, creative writing and the visual arts. We were continuously inspired by the energy, kindness and humour of the group. The practical workshops, visit to the theatre and work which took place away from the sessions is all captured in the book produced at the end through the photographs, writing and quotes. It is a small insight into how this group of diverse individuals came together to share their lives and draw out their creative selves whilst having a good old laugh along the way!