CAA in Education 2004


CAA members Julie Arkell, Janet Bolton, Robert Cooper, Dawn Dupree, Eleanor Glover and Sara Robertson have been working at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children. The project has been organised and co-coordinated by Sara Robertson and has been a very successful pilot scheme in Contemporary Applied Arts' new Education Outreach Programme.

The Hospital School has made us extremely welcome. In particular we have had the support of the Arts Co-ordinator at GOSH, Rachel Miller. All the artists have run sessions with children at the hospital. Some of these have been in the school room where groups of children have taken part in activities such as fabric printing and ceramics. Some sessions have been with children on the wards who are too sick to come down to the school, and therefore are often left out of school activities. The benefits of these sessions have also extended to the parents, carers, and staff at the hospital.

Each artist brought with them bags full of treasures to share with the children. These included pieces of their own work as well as things which have inspired them. Many of the children formed great attachments to the things that they made, and have asked for the artists to come back and work with them again. Great Ormond Street Hospital has benefited from many arts projects but this has been described as one of the most successful they have ever had. This has largely been due to the talent, experience, skill and generosity of the artists who have given so much to the project.

Sara Robertson is working with Rachel Miller to organise an exhibition of artists' and childrens' work at the hospital which will be open during January 2005. The exhibition will display children's work alongside work by the CAA members. There will be statements by the artists describing their experiences of working at the hospital.

Thanks to the generous support from CAA makers, Friends and guests for the fund raising auction, the scheme will continue and expand.
CAA will again work with Great Ormond Street Hospital and will extend the scope of the pilot scheme by involving other CAA members who are keen to give sessions at the hospital. There has also been a positive response from other hospitals who would like CAA to run similar projects with them in the future. During 2005 we hope to run a pilot scheme at Kings College Hospital.

Sara Robertson: CAA member, artist and consultant.

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