Fairy tales in Bramley

I’ve been working with Artlink West Yorkshire since 2018, Artlink is an innovative arts and health charity specialising in working with those who have the least access to the arts.  They work with adults with learning disabilities, adults living with dementia, adults with long term mental health issues, women who are part of the criminal justice system and young people.

I’ve worked with groups in Wetherby, online during the pandemic and this term I’ve been working with a group in Bramley. Artlink are a fantastic organisation and they pair you with other practitioners to run the sessions. This time I’m working with a drama practitioner and an illustrator. We’ve been working on a fairy tale themed project, looking at Hansel and Gretel, Jack and the beanstalk and Goldilocks and the three bears.

We started our sessions with movement, gathering in a circle and sharing a story and a laugh. We danced, practiced our catwalk for the celebration event and even pretended to be spies in a laser maze. As an introvert, the start of the sessions is great for me too, bringing me out of my shell. Some of the participants we’re cheeky and aid my dance moves weren’t the best they’ve seen!

Our creative time was quieter, some participants choosing to work collaboratively and others taking time to sit and work on their own pieces. We’ve made masks, t-shirts, a tree and even decorated gingerbread. The creativity has been great to watch, seeing how everyone interprets the theme and uses the materials. We’re celebrating our work with a catwalk show and exhibition in a couple of weeks. I can’t wait to see it all come together.

Artlink West Yorkshire is a wonderful organisation to work with, they value artists and the work we do. Supporting us when we need it and allowing us to let our creativity flourish. I’ve worked with great practitioners and met participants who i’ll never forget. I can’t wait for the next project to start