Successful disability art group joins forces with leading university gallery to boost creativity and wellbeing
The art group, run by learning disability charity United Response, has flourished since moving from face-to-face to online Zoom sessions during the first coronavirus lockdown and has this summer hosted its own virtual exhibition and ran a successful fundraising scheme to equip its participants with bespoke art packs.
The Gallery, located along the Hogsmill River next to Kingston School of Art, has built a strong reputation since opening in 1997 for its diverse programme of art and design Fellowships, exhibitions, and events as well as its extensive work with local schools, community groups, and students.
The partnership with United Response has been established to offer a fun, interactive and educational journey through the art world for the members of the charity’s digital group. The collaboration, which will take place in the form of a four-week project across November 2020, will see the group being given guided virtual tours of the Gallery and partnering venue the Dorich House Museum – former studio home of sculptor Dora Gordine.
Participants will also take part in a variety of workshops focusing on creating sketchbooks, badge-making and drawing skills. They will have the opportunity to meet graduating Master of Fine Arts students from Kingston University, who will also lead workshops inspired by their practice. In an effort to ensure all attendees are equipped with all the necessary materials, the Gallery is kindly donating packs containing pens, pencils, paper and other resources to all participants.
We’re excited about this partnership with such a respected gallery and key part of Kingston’s art scene. Not only will it give the participants the opportunity to learn from experts about different artists and art forms, but it will also build a strong, community focused link between ourselves and the gallery. All whilst supporting the social wellbeing of some of the people we support during undoubtedly difficult times.Matthew Campbell, United Response
We strive to deliver diverse and inclusive learning experiences to help audiences of all ages, background, and ability to engage with our public programmes. Lockdown life has highlighted the need to adapt and strengthen our digital offer, and it is more important than ever for us to provide opportunities for individuals to engage with their own creativity. We are excited by the chance to collaborate and experiment with United Response, and to give Kingston University students and graduates the opportunity to share their practice and gain experience working with members of our local learning disability community.Natalie Kay, Stanley Picker Gallery
To visit the art group’s digital exhibition and gallery, or donate to the art pack scheme please visit https://www.unitedresponseartgallery.com/. To find out more about the Stanley Picker Gallery and the Dorich House Museum and work that they do visit https://www.stanleypickergallery.org/ or https://www.dorichhousemuseum.org.uk