An Art Shed
Tue 06 October 2015
No, it doesn't look very glamorous, but at this stage it's just a rough photomontage for the planning application.
So many guests at Sheldon benefit from being able to play with art materials as part of their journey. We decided it was time we had some dedicated space for the wet/messy arts like paint and clay (sorry, no kiln), and to make it really attractive for having a go at other crafts. The location is in a little corner of land parallel to the access drive down by the Hen Runs. In the photomontage it's the Perch Hen Run you can see in the left hand corner. Plenty of natural light, centrally heated and with a water supply and washing up faclities.
Some people need a bit of encouragement/temptation to try out art things - how many of us date our creative fears back to bad experiences at primary school!? But we have seen time and time again how people can make an imaginative breakthrough in difficult situations by drawing, painting or modelling with clay. It's not about creating magnificent works of art (although sometimes these as well), but more about engaging the creative and playful sides of the brain that get shut down when we're stressed and locked into a problem.
The aim is to build this sometime during 2016. It is not costed yet, but likely budget about £65,000. If you'd like to support this project you can give now.