Metal and Southend Borough Council public health team have come together to create an innovative project based at Metal Art School working with NetPark, the world’s first digital art park in Chalkwell Park.
The NetPark Wellbeing Project bring the arts and the outdoors together to foster a greater sense of wellbeing for people living with mental health concerns or dementia. Open to individuals and groups, we run a wide range of sessions every week from Monday to Wednesday.
We can offer a one-off experience or a series of sessions introducing making art, telling stories, photography and/or music created in response to the art experienced in NetPark.
Sessions are typically on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday’s – mornings 10am – 12noon / afternoons 1pm – 3pm. Details of our current sessions are below.
All sessions are FREE.
For more information about how to get involved, please contact Emma Mills on firstname.lastname@example.org / 01702 470700
NEW GROUP…JUST ANNOUNCED
MEN’S GROUP – Photography / Digital Art / Wellbeing – Wednesdays – 9am till 11am
(12 week course – from 11 July – 26 September)
We are aware that it can be hard for men living with anxiety, depression and or social isolation to have some space to learn new skills and make friends. This 12 week course aims to offer men a safe and contained space to take photographs and learn how to use these to make digital art. Run in conjunction with Southend Adult Community College. If you have your own digital camera, please bring along. If not, don’t worry, iPads will be supplied for the course.
DEMENTIA ART GROUP – Mondays and Tuesdays – 10am till 12noon
Ongoing, drop in art class for people living with dementia. We take walks in the park using iPads to experience the NetPark art works, use iPads to show photographs or past memories which the participants draw, sketch or paint using more traditional art materials. All participants work is photographed and displayed on our Facebook and Instagram accounts.
All of our staff are trained as Dementia Friends. The group often get involved in additional projects too – for example, and our newest NetPark artwork Garden of Remember, was created by our Dementia Art Group of 2017 working with artists and Southend School pupils.
NHS RECOVERY AND WELLBEING – Monday 2pm till 4pm
(12 week course – from 5 March – 21 May 2018)
12 week digital art class for adults living with low to medium mental health issues, who have had difficulty getting out of the house or who have lived with social isolation. This is our second co-production between Southend and Rayleigh NHS Occupational Health. The participants create their own 12 part story using photographs taken in the grounds of Chalkwell Park and then illustrated using the Apple drawing APP Procreate.
REACH RECOVERY COLLEGE – Tuesday 2pm – 4pm
(12 week course – from 3 April – 19 June 2018)
12 week digital art class for adults living with low to medium mental health issues and concerns. This is our second co-production between Metal and Reach Recovery College. The participants create their own 12 part story using photographs taken in the grounds of Chalkwell Park and then illustrated using the Apple app Procreate.
Reach Recovery College is delivered by Trust Links and a range of partner agencies. Find out more information about Reach here.
OPEN ARTS – Wednesday 10am – 12noon
(12 week course – from 4 April – 20 June 2018)
12 week digital art class for adults living with low to medium mental health issues and concerns. This is our seventh co-production between Metal and the NHS Mental Health charity OPEN ARTS. The participants create their own 12 part story using photographs taken in the grounds of Chalkwell Park and then illustrated using the Apple app Procreate.
CREATIVE WRITING COURSE
(12 week course – from 4 April – 20 June 2018)
12 week creative writing course for adults with low to medium mental health issues and concerns. This group is an open group.
“An old poet way past his prime, found himself spending his time, having a lark, in old Chalkwell park, writing in rhythm and rhyme”
Phil, Creative Writing participant
PROJECT 49 – Wednesday 1:30PM – 3:30PM
(12 week course – from 2 July – 17 Sept 2018)
NetPark walks and traditional art making for people living with learning disabilities. We use iPads to follow a NetPark app around the park and then to take photographs. The participants then draw sketch or paint onto A3/4 card or make digital art from their images. All participants work is photographed and displayed on our Facebook and Instagram accounts.
Above: digital print by Andreia – participant from Reach Recovery College
Above: Mixed media image by Anita – participant, Dementia Art Group
Above: painting by Dave – participant, Digital Art Group
Above: painting by Peter – participant, Dementia Art Group
Above: mixed media drawing by Sandro – participant, Dementia Art Group
Above: digital drawing on top of photograph by Steve – participant, Open Arts
Above: painting by Terri – participant, Project 49
Above: digital painting by Abbey – participant, NHS Recovery and Wellbeing
PREVIOUS NETPARK WELLBEING COURSES HAVE INCLUDED:-