Drawing Group Completes Challenge

Published: 14th December 2017

Our drawing group, Drawn Together have completed their Creative Age Challenge, as part of a national scheme run by Equal Arts’ Creative Age project.

The artists set themselves the challenge of filling a wall at The Customs House with postcard-sized drawings and they calculated that 320 would be needed. We created over 400 drawings in the end, which meant the group were able to select our favourites to exhibit.

The group have been doing a lot of collaborative drawing work recently, so we saw this as a project where individuals could come together to do something bigger than themselves and it has become a really social activity. Everyone has benefited and opened up as artists, and seen what it means to work as a team.

Equal Arts improve older people’s lives through creativity and the Creative Age Challenge is about getting groups of older people to take part in dementia-friendly activities in particular.

Drawn Together doesn’t define itself as an older people’s group, it is a diverse group of adults ranging from people in their 30s up to their 70s, but we were invited to take part because we are inclusive and the work we do is very ‘in the moment’. The group meets every Thursday at The Customs House.

Members of the group take part in a wide range of mindful drawing activities that are dementia-friendly, so they were excited to take part.

Members have been gathering sponsorship for the challenge and will be selling their postcards to raise funds for the group. There might also be an opportunity to have calendars created featuring some of the artwork.

The postcards exhibition is now open on the first floor of The Customs House and will run until Thursday 11 January 2018.

For more information on the exhibition, challenge or Drawn Together, contact the group lead artist Lesley Guy at drawntogether20@gmail.com