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Report - The Art Studio, Sunderland, Sept 13

H1971

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Well after a disappointment at another site, we decided to have a look at this place. This was my first visit and really enjoyed it, I was surprised how there is still some art work left inside!
Visited with Magpie.
History -
In 1986 Helix Arts - as Artists' Agency - initiated a residency for two artists to work with former psychiatric patients in Sunderland, linked to a successful residency programme at Cherry Knowle Hospital. Since then the project has flourished independently, and more than a decade and a half later the studio continues to develop its service. Initially, artists Derek Hill and Chris Sell established an open access studio in central Sunderland, and sought out former patients of the hospital and people using associated services. The studio didn't offer skills training, rather explains Derek, people who came shared in the creative process: "it is very much self-motivating." By the end ofthe first year, opening had been extended from two and a half, to five days a week. There was an exhibition at Sunderland Art Gallery and Museum, and two participants began Fine Art degree courses. Many studio artists began to share their newly found skills with others through an ongoing programme of workshops and commissions.
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Enjoy :)
 

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