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Royal School of Needlework

Royal School of Needlework Degree Student Lucy Martin joined forces with the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) as part of their #CreatorsAssemble project. Lucy, who studies on the three year BA (Hons) Hand Embroidery Degree Programme at Hampton Court Palace, Surrey, has created a 20cm heart template with the National Health Service logo and encouraged people of any level of embroidery and age to stitch the NHS letters and to hang the completed work in their window.

The ethos of the design was to create a piece which employs the traditional skills of hand embroidery combined with showing love and solidarity to NHS staff at this unprecedented time affecting everyone around the United Kingdom and the world. Hand embroidery can be soothing and therapeutic during troubling times, encouraging calm, focused work and inducing a relaxed state of mind.

Lucy said: “Right now, creativity matters more than ever! I was so honoured to be leading this exciting challenge for the RSN Degree and UCA. In creating the NHS heart, I was inspired by the love that our NHS staff show towards their patients 24 hours a day, particularly at this difficult time when most have never experienced such a situation before. Everyone can take part, adults, children, families, no matter their stitch ability, using any materials they have at home.

Lucy was a recipient of a Greater London Area Bursary.

To look Forward to.....

For many years the Greater London Area has supported makers at Cockpit Arts...here are some of them....you may be interested in their work; please use their websites to find out more

Guilia Manzoni 

Giulia is an Italian Mosaicist and her creation are of high-quality and application of technique, thanks to her broad skill set in mosaic restoration, bespoke architectural mosaic such as marble mosaic floors, and contemporary mosaic. 

www.manzonigiulia.com

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Jewellery designer and silversmith Meron Wolde combines dramatic texture and contours with elaborate form working in recycled silver and gold drawing inspiration from her background growing up in Sweden and her Eritrean roots.Meron Wolde

www.MeronWolde.com

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Kendall WyattClarke......Contemporary 2D and 3D woven and painted textiles for exhibition and installation.

Amazing textiles made by Kendall Wyatt-Clarke, an awardee of The Arts Society at Cockpit Arts. See more of her work at  http://www.kendallclarke.com 

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Unravelled Art---Something to look forward to!!!

Work is now progressing at pace for the opening of the art programme at the London Wetland Centre, which has now been renamed Wetlands Unravelled.

 Anne Deeming, the artist that the Greater London Area Arts Society  is supporting, will be showing her work Whether It changes anything. Weather— it changes everything  

Over the past months Anne has been developing her ideas and making models of the final works. She plans to make 5 sculptural pieces which will be installed in the water and on the land on the west route of the site.  Visually the sculptures will take their language from a number of sources – man made buildings, boats, hides, water buoys to create a range of objects that look vaguely familiar and recognisable, but aren’t. She is currently developing these forms further and working with the thermochromatic and hydrochromatic finishes with which they will be painted. 

Unravelled Art have been working on the programme of events for the project, which will include talks, performances, sound workshops and stitching drop-in events. These will be published very soon on the WWT website, along with dates of the launch.

Here are some of the models Anne has been experimenting with:  

 

Lots of new study days

They have been devised by our team of Study Course Organisers together with the Arts Society accredited lecturers, and explore a wide range of artistic styles, lavish venues, exciting crafts, beautiful cities, fascinating artists. 

Of course, at the moment we have cancelled or re-arranged any event up to the end of April. We will keep you up to date with our plans, but meanwhile keep browsing amongst the study days so you have something to llok forward to!! Meanwhile keep safe.

Go to "Courses & Events" on this web-site and see the full programme 

 

Grants News

We are delighted to support many young people through the award of grants from the Area

This year we have supported the following

---Cockpit Arts.To support a studio for a year to a maker...this year Guilia Manzoni, a master mosaicist.

---Royal Academy of Music...2 bursaries for young composers, this year Matthew Oliver and Gareth Moorcraft

---the Koestler Trust to support  the teaching of artwork amongst young offenders; each year there is a free exhibition at the Royal Festival Hall, very inspiring.

---Royal School of Needlework.... bursaries and prizes for students, working in the most wonderful textiles. Eleanor Latham made a special piece for us to hang in The Arts Society House. See her piece on the 'Grants' page

---City & Guilds Art School...a bursary for a sculptor student.

---Talk about Art...a project for schools in the Lewisham and Greenwich areas, culminating in an exhibition visited by hundreds of children and their parents.

-- and many grants to local groups of the Arts Society supporting Arts projects for local school children.

This year, we are encouraginfg the 25 societies in the London Area to support art projects in local schools and organisations where art teaching and experiences are woefully short. go to 'Grants' for more information