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A THOUSAND PAPER CRANES

Session 4 The phoenix is coming on a treat. The design on the canvas has been sketched out, ready for painting. This week though, we had a special guest, writer Becky Cherriman. Becky led us through some creative writing activities. The ‘Birds Eye View’ guided writing took us up in the air, floating on the…

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Get Started – Cookridge – Walk to the wood

 A sunny windy day, perfect for a walk in the woods. With a bit of encouragement everyone puts on their outdoor shoes and coats and are ready to go. Bags of goodies containing chalk, bubbles, drumsticks, and a disposable camera are handed out and we set off. The sound of the drum stick on railings…

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Get Started – Bedford Place – Weeks 1-2

“Well this looks different!” Exclaims Margret as she enters her sitting room.  Jim and I have completely covered it in bubble wrap! We’re Inviting the tenants in the flats to move across the bubbles. We turn the lights down and begin to use other senses to explore our new sensory environment. It no longer feels like a…

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Get Started – Wetherby Fulfilling Lives Centre Weeks 1-3

Everybody join a circle, open a parachute and let’s start a game. Whoops of laughter and delight echo through the whole time, it’s an energetic opening for the session and a lot of exercise for everybody!  With lively music we twirl silk ribbons in 1001 different ways; wriggle the ribbons like a snake or fly…

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Oasis Week 3

Today we began a series of sessions inspired by the human body.  We began by talking about the scars we gained whilst seeking out treasured lemonade, about how our creases tell stories of sleepless nights, sunbathing, babies, our whole lives.   Someone mentioned the maps of older people’s skin.  It was amazing what we had…

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Oasis Week 2

Tonight we face our fear of the daunting extensive surface of a blank piece of white paper. We explore paper as a percussive instrument in one hundred and one different ways. “Tear the piece of paper in two. Rub the two pieces together. Exploring patterned or unpatterns sounds.” “Crumple the piece of paper as slowly as possible.”…

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A THOUSAND PAPER CRANES

Session 3 “I’ve got some more music” said Rozi, putting a CD in the player. Soon the beautiful ambient music fills the room. Here we are, Sylvie, Rozi, Milena and Suzi, all busy getting ready for the papier mache session.   The chicken wire frame has arrived, and Milena is busily flapping its wings around…

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A Thousand Paper Cranes

“I’ve got my screw driver!” Milena said to me in greeting. Erm… good? I thought, bemused. Then, as she set upon the picture frame hanging in the dining room it all came clear. Of course. We used this frame before as a Gallery Wall. Bernadette fetched the marbled paper sheets created last week, and Milena…

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The Oasis Project – Week 1

Be guided to a place where you are away from the large and small nuisances of life, where everything contributes to your experience of tranquility – from the landscape to the sounds, to the scents carried on the breeze.  Take time to reflect on this place that makes you feel wonderful.  Follow the spoken prompts…

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Get Started – Lilac Project – January Session

Maracas, Meetings and Multi-coloured Crime scenes This was the first Get Started session of 2014, a Big Lottery funded project working with Progress Housing Trust. In this first workshop of the year, Artlink met Lilac – a group of adult tenants, who meet monthly to represent their accommodation from different areas in Leeds. This session…

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