Kingswood Academy: Art for Adults

Kingswood Academy: Art for Adults

Art for Adults meet every Wednesday to enjoy drawing, painting, sculpture and whatever kind of art medium takes their fancy. They received £300 from the City Health Care Partnership Foundation to pay for an artist to come in for 20 sessions to help and inspire them.

Christine Gillard is the manager of the learning centre at Kingswood and she is delighted with the success of the art group, particularly its ability to include all ages and levels. ‘Our oldest member is Fred, who’s 84, and our youngest is 13-year-old Brandon. Anyone can come along and join in.’

This inclusive ethos has been especially valuable to Daniel, who has severe epilepsy. ‘This is the only adult education establishment that would take him,’ says Christine. ‘But here he’s done loads of courses, including photography, and he’s creating beautiful artworks. He was completely excluded before but here he’s found a huge artistic talent and he can feel purposeful and part of something.’

Members of the group pay £3 to use the facilities and generally bring their own materials, although they tend to share. ‘Having a teacher has been brilliant, really inspiring,’ says Rita. ‘We’ve done charcoal drawing, which I really enjoyed, and I modelled a vase. If you have an idea the teacher helps you to work it and we’ve used so many different media, whatever you think of there’s a way to bring it to life.’