‘SHIFT’ is a fine art & photography project, investigating how art & movement
practices can act as tools to transform one’s mental health. An installation
will be exhibited at St Laurence Church 12-18th October 2019, acting as a backdrop & setting the scene for outreach projects, participatory workshops based on the arts & well-being and collaborative, high quality performances in music, dance and contemporary art . The purpose is to pilot this combination of activity, with the hope of later touring it as a separate project.
Funds are being raised to help cover: the running costs, pay >37 local creatives that are putting on a weeks program filled with performances and workshops, enable 180 school students, disadvantaged young people and the general public to have availability to access art workshops and performances to support their well-being at a donation based entry.
My name is Robin Watkins - Davis and I am the creator behind SHIFT, having used movement and art to support my own mental health. For the last four years I support others with their mental health and recently received the Princess Diana Award, the highest accolade a young person can receive for social action. I have created this SHIFT artwork to inspire and give hope that the arts can transform ones health and happiness. As an artists and the the UK's Youngest Yoga Teacher (2016) I experience daily how the power of the arts to support mental health.
The SHIFT art installation was developed at Stroud College on my foundation course, the installation is made using the body to print on to recycled bus shelter perspex. The installation was recently displayed at Gloucester Cathedral.
“The SHIFT installations physical approach to figure painting arrests the human body into curiously ancient and beguilingly eerie forms.” – Daniel Chadwick
Outreach projects & participatory workshops:
1) 200 students from Primary & Secondary Schools in Gloucestershire will do their 'discover' Arts Award (like D of E but for art). Majority of the students have had little/no access to the arts, high % are on free school meals. At St James C of E Junior there are 23 different languages. Widden Primary has a high % of students that are currently asylum seekers & refugees.
2) Specific workshops for groups suffering with mental health issues. Small groups, such as 'All Pulling Together' will work with professional artists and mental health workers to learn new tools and practices to support their daily lives and health.
The SHIFT Program:
3) Enabling >37 local creatives to offer workshops and performances as part of SHIFT program running from Saturday 12th October to Friday 18th October 2019.
Example of headline performance acts: School of Larks Aeriel performance, Handpan music meditation, Ambient Sound Long Duration Spectacle, 2FacedDance, Royal Ballet School Dancer Emma-Louise Bell.
Example of workshops: creative movement, mindful photography, 5 rhythms, creative drawing, NLP, yoga, Qigong, martial arts, contemporary dance, drumming, Capoeira, Kimochi and illustration.
Partners for the SHIFT Project: ACP, SVA, Strike a Light, VRC, Stroud Sacred Music Festival.
Current funding support: Diocese of Gloucester (>2k). Barnwood Trust (£800) Applied for funding form (hear back by 22nd Sept) Arts Council England, Strike a Light, Gloucester Culture Trust.
Total cost of project: >23.5K
You can follow @rart.insta to follow the SHIFT project updates.