GLASGOW DISABILITY ALLIANCE - locations across glasgow
Our outreach work is an integral part of what we do. We kicked off our programme back in August when we ran a tote bag printing activity at the Glasgow Disability Alliance’s Access for Democracy event in the city centre of Glasgow. The event, led by disabled people, featured keynote speeches from Scottish Government and Glasgow City Council as well as hosting various creative and well being activities for attendees.
During the screen printing activity, participants were taken through the steps to draw and cut out simple paper stencils with the help of their carers and then print their design onto a tote bag. In Arianna’s words:
“I was working with a young girl who was in a wheelchair, she had difficulty using her hands, but could still draw a design - her name and three stars. The girl held the screen while I printed it for her and when I lifted it up and she saw her design was on her tote bag, the look on her face was just amazing! That’s the beautiful thing about screen printing, it’s an immediate result and anyone can do it.”
The GDA run regular arts and crafts days for their members as part of an extensive programme of activities, which features Print Clan on a regular basis due to the accesibility of screen printing.
Bags of love.
Tote bag printing & painting activity
Creative Communities – Artists in Residence - easterhouse
At the end of May Arianna was invited by Zoe Walker and Neil Bromwich, the new Glasgow City Council artists in residence for the North-East ward to run screen printing workshops at St Paul’s Parish Church in Blackhill for The Faith Through Art Club and the Youth Forum’s community meal.
Phase one of the project aims to work with organisations within the ward to identify groups which run activities for the local community and understand the creative needs of the residents, as well as delivering a series of workshops.
The textile printing workshops went down a storm - in the words of Mel, one of the staff at St Paul’s: ‘There was a great atmosphere in the whole building… people were coming over to the community meal really buzzing about creating something of their own which they could take away. And screen-printing is quite an unusual thing which lots of people hadn’t done before. Thanks for bringing this opportunity to St Paul’s – went down really well and was really popular!’