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2014-15 Project events included:-
Are about inspiring different groups to engage creatively with their natural environment.
The project included four very successful walks during the year targeting family groups and adults.
They were an opportunity to share Moving Marks and the idea of creativity in the outdoors. Participants received careful guidance in a sensory approach to encouraging each person’s individual response to the environment.
With this guidance, carefully designed by Hawkins participants walked on the Country Park and in particular areas took the time to appreciate the environment in a sensory way and then to respond to this experience creatively in ways participants chose, including photography, moving, drawing or writing.
The walks included, took in the outdoor displays (see About) and the creative work generated on the walks was then displayed in these. This was an element of the project that the walk participants of all ages really enjoyed.
Participants commeneted that walks were informal, fun and relaxing. They appreciated that they included sharing, reflection and refreshments. Art and writing materials were provided.
These photographic images of a walk for familys were created by Leila Romaya to document this new activity and all participants also completed an evaluation sheet.
“Enjoyed closing my eyes and listening to the sounds of nature, gave me a sense of tranquility and well being.”
“Beautiful, relaxed afternoon, friendly people.”
“Peace and views, forgot about my worries for a while.”
Mental Health patient, Lakeside Unit, Leigh Infirmary
“I liked painting the pictures.”
Jamie aged 4
“Nice to take time out with the children and do something fun.”
“I enjoyed drawing and searching for the boxes.”
Erin aged 10
Catherine Hawkins has since developed Creative Walks for other areas.
In spring 2015 a gallery installation was created in Bolton, celebrating the whole project including the work of all involved and bringing it to a wider view.