Talk About Art is launching a new initiative next month aimed at teenagers dealing with mental health issues and the impact of lockdown in a new project called Picture My World.
This online art club for locked-down teenagers doesn’t offer therapy or counselling but is an opportunity for young people to explore ways of expressing themselves through the visual arts in a safe and supported way and it currently has 10 places available.
It is particularly suited to school refusers and young people with high anxiety levels. Sessions will be run on Thursday afternoons from 4.45-6.15pm initially for 10 weeks, but with a view to extending it on a permanent basis.
Participants will be encouraged to keep a portfolio of their work and can submit pieces for an online private view.
The sessions will be run by Pauline Flannery, a contemporary colourist who creates abstract work structured around words. This accessible method allows
everyone to express themselves and enjoy the process. Examples of her work can be found on Instagram at annerysutherland and via the website email@example.com.
Pauline’s background is in education and theatre, working with a wide age range from 11 to over 65 and she has also worked, on a one-to-one basis, with secondary students for whom school is challenging, or whose mental or physical condition has interrupted their full-time education.
The project will be delivered via Zoom and, to ensure the safety of participants, TAA requires an adult to be on the premises for the duration of each session.
To register your interest please contact the Talk About Art CEO Melanie Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07747 858609.
Talk About Art is a visual arts charity based in south-east London which aims to give children and young people an opportunity to discover their natural inner creativity in safe and supported groups. It works predominantly with cared for and homeless children, asylum seekers, school refusers and those with mental health issues or other challenging life circumstances.
Picture My World is funded by The Leathersellers’ Company Charitable Fund.