An exhibition launches at Watford Museum’s space2 gallery tonight (Thursday 5 May 2016), showcasing woven creations produced by staff, volunteers, patients and members of the public who have used the Macmillan Wellbeing and Therapeutic Service based at our Spring Centre and the Starlight Centre, Peace Hospice Care, Watford.
The exhibition, which runs until 25 June 2016, marks the end of the first year of the ‘Art Bag’ project, a collaborative initiative from Macmillan Cancer Support, the Starlight Centre at Peace Hospice Care and our Spring Centre.
Each art bag, filled with a simple creative activity – this year weaving – has provided hundreds of patients with life limiting illnesses, carers, relatives, volunteers and the general public with the tools needed to create, contemplate and connect with others. Participants were then offered the opportunity to contribute their completed artwork to the exhibition, providing a visual representation of the communities connected to each hospice.
Alongside the completed looms, the exhibition also features some of the enthusiastic feedback and reflections from participants of the Art Bag project:
“Loved doing this project – have yarn, keep calm!”
“It does what it says on the bag – ‘connect, contemplate, create’. This is from someone who does not have a creative bone in her body. I have explained it as I have gone along to my husband who is very poorly and I am sure he smiled inside at the thought of me doing something like this... Thank you for the opportunity to take part.”
Entrance to the exhibition is free, and it is open Thursday – Saturday each week until 25 June, 10am to 5pm. The public are invited to enjoy some weaving of their own and add to the continuously evolving exhibition. There are also opportunities to learn more about the other services offered by the Macmillan Wellbeing and Therapeutic Programme and attend taster sessions:
- Expressive Art – 19 May, 2pm-4pm (please book)
- Reminiscence Taster Day – 9 June (please book)
- Sharing Stories for Wellbeing – 11am-12.30pm
Watford Museum space2 gallery
194 Lower High Street
Watford WD17 2DT
Thursday – Saturday, 10am to 4pm