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Ignite Imaginations is working with Sheffield Health and Social

Care NHS FT to explore what it is to feel connected

This summer, we’re working with 30 adults accessing mental health services, in Sheffield. Ignite Imaginations are delivering a series of workshops to explore what it is to feel connected; how we seek, keep and feel a lack of connection. The artist-led sessions will offer creative freedom to explore, learn new skills and be inspired. We aim to provide skills and techniques that can also be continued at home. The creations from the workshops will be used as inspiration for two final large artworks to be displayed at the entrance of two sites used for therapeutic delivery.

Workshops will take place in person over the summer months with the final artwork expected to be completed in September.

Connecting the work of patients across both the Northlands and East Glade sites, the final piece was inspired by the the wildflower garden onsite. The hands symbolise care, reaching out and nurturing. The piece overall reflects the importance of connecting to nature and creativity to regroup and to renew ourselves.

Following a series of workshops, led by Ignite Imaginations' artist Alastair Flindall, in July 2022, Alastair used the work produced by service users to create the final artwork.

The project was in partnership with the Arts Therapies & Arts in Health team (Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust).

Artist: Alastair

Partner: Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS FT

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"I have so much respect for Ignite Imaginations. They keep art alive and kicking in the communities in our city of Sheffield. I always feel they treat their amazing artists with respect, personally and financially. Feel so lucky to work with them from time to time." Kate, Ignite Imaginations Artist

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