Award-winning collaborative work

20 September 2019

The Sense Awards

Fran Currie. Painting of mentor session. oil

Yesterday we were delighted to receive the Sense Award for Collaboration of the Year. The Sense Award is an annual event by Sense - a charity dedicated to improving lives for people living with complex disabilities. The award helps to highlight and celebrate a wide range of work being done by or with Sense across the UK and abroad.

Our Collaboration - the Making Together project

RBSA won the award for the current Making Together project, which is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. The Making Together project involves artists, Sense charity shop teams, and Sense art-makers. It has several phases and is taking place throughout 2019 and the start of 2020. Each phase focuses on helping Sense art makers work with professional artists to create high-quality artworks for exhibition. The aims of the project are to: enable Sense art makers to develop their artwork, expand RBSA's understanding of how to make the visual arts more inclusive, and raise wider awareness of inclusive arts practice.

What's happening with the project now?

Wall panels by Yiannis and Annette. On display at RBSA gallery

Exhibition at RBSA until 12 October: We currently have on display in the ground floor an exhibition of artwork created by Sense art makers Yiannis and Marteena. They completed one-to-one mentor sessions with professional artists Annette Pugh ARBSA and Karoline Rerrie to produce exhibition-standard collections of artwork. Therefore, the artwork is a mix of individual and collaborative efforts (image above depicts work by Yiannis and Annette). The show also includes paintings by Fran Currie RBSA, who captured in oils poignant moments of communication between the artists, support workers, and Sense art makers (example at top if page). The exhibition is on display until 5pm on Saturday 12 October.

Sense charity shop volunteers for shop project. FB and Twitter scale

Re-storing re-fuse to put the re-tale into re-tail! We also have an exciting new activity called ReStore. This phase involves art partnership Ha (made of  Rob Hamp NWA and Andrea Hannon - Rob pictured above with charity shop teams), Sense art maker Stuart, and Sense charity shops from across the Midlands (Kidderminster 2, Kingstanding, West Bromwich, and Worcester). Together, they have been gathering donated items to re-work into sculptural artworks. During this process, Ha are also gathering and documenting the feedback from the charity shop teams and those donating items to help put the Re-Tale into Retail! An exhibition of the material gathered and  artwork created will be on display at Sense TouchBase Pears in 2020.

Follow the live updates by Ha on Twitter via @titled_ha.

Thank you

We were delighted to accept the Sense Award on behalf of everyone involved in the Making Together project. The success of this project would not be possible without the hard work of  the artists, charity shop teams, and Sense art makers. 

Show your support and help us spread the word.

We want as many people as possible to know about the excellent artwork being made and the wonderful interactions taking place. Therefore, we'd really appreciate any likes, shares, or comments that you can make.

You can find out more and receive updates by following on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and blogs.

+ Ha blog:

+ Twitter: @rbsagallery, @titled_ha, @touchbasepears

+ Instagram: @rbsagallery

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