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WASLER ARTS WORKSHOP UPDATE:

Exciting news, the art workshops are 

starting again. 

We have a 6 week project beginning on Tuesday the 24th of May.

The workshops will centre around trying out different art-making processes to create a wall hanging, cushion cover or home furnishing. 

The idea to create a soft furnishing in the workshops was proposed by WASLER's refuge team in discussion with the women they support who are living in WASLER's refuge accommodation. It was suggested that WASLER ART participants could gift the furnishing they create to new women coming into refuge accommodation as well as creating a furnishing for themselves.

In the workshops we'll be exploring colour, abstraction, composition, mark-making and trying out different processes and mediums;

creating a colour wheel with acrylics,  painting with acrylics and gouache to create collaged compositions, cyanotype printing, collectively creating a design to be screen-printed, mark - making with dry and wet media and with different brushes, sponges and tools.

We'll be taking inspiration from artist's and designers such as Vanessa Bell, Sonia Delaunay, David Hockney, Louise Bourgeois, Matisse, the Gee's Bend Quilters, Etel Adnan, Lourdes Sanchez, Helen Frankenthaler, Odili Donald Odita, Mary Lovelace O'Neil, Laura Spring, Humphries & Begg, Liberty, Bauhaus among others.

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We offer art workshops primarily for women who are or have been supported by Women’s Aid South Lanarkshire and East Renfrewshire, a Domestic Abuse Charity in Scotland. We have also run workshops with the children and young persons supported by CEDAR and WASLER.

 

Workshops are facilitated by artists who offer guidance and expertise on a variety of art making processes such as drawing, painting, collage, printmaking, textiles, ceramics and sound.  And have been both self-directed in approach, suiting a drop in style arrangement along with workshops that are more project based, where art works are developed over a number of weeks. Both structures offer an introduction to and engagement with Women’s and Feminist Art and Socially Engaged Arts Practices that seek to address social, economic and political issues affecting women and girls and other minority groups.

Testimonial from past participants:

“The art group is a safe and supportive space that gives us a creative outlet to explore and express our feelings. Where we can challenge and reflect on our own ideas and biases through discussion with each other and through engaging with feminist and women’s art that addresses issues affecting women and girls. It helps us to rebuild the confidence that Domestic Abuse stripped us of by developing and nurturing our talents and by using our experiences to speak out against injustice and abuse.”

"Participation in the group has been brilliant. For the first time in 10 months I've had a break from me. Something different to occupy my mind and thoughts. Feeling normal again. Very satisfying and hugely beneficial to my sense of well being.

Past groups have participated in large scale public events such as Processions, Edinburgh 2018 and in public events supporting global campaigns such as the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.

Please see Gallery for past works.
 

Artwork made by WASLER ART participant paper bag that has been decorated on the outside in bright yellow with various images and text collaged onto it. There is a red figure and a red fist, a crying eye and stitched together lips, the text reads Power and Change Life.
Image: Inside / Outside Self Portrait Bag by WASLER ARTS past participant.
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