Workshops

Art Workshops

Open Art Box CIC are excited to be running regular fortnightly art workshops for people living with early-stage dementia and their carers. 


These sessions offer participants the chance to explore a wide range of art materials and themes in a relaxed and friendly environment supported by professional artists. 


They take place every other Tuesday 10.30am - 12.30pm at Mrs Howard Memorial Hall, Letchworth and every other Wednesday 1pm-3pm at Hampson Park Community Centre Hall, Stevenage. 


All art materials and refreshements are provided.

No previous experience of art is necessary. 

Suggested voluntary donation of £5 per person


Please contact us to book a space as numbers are limited to enable social distancing. 


All are sessions will be held in a covid secure environment and adhere to current goverment guidelines. 

Supported by funding from Hertfordshire County Council and Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation. 


Doorstep Discoveries

Open Art Box CIC, in partnership with Stevenage Museum and North Herts Museum, have been delivering Doorstep Discovery workshops to the doorsteps of participants with dementia and their carers in the Stevenage and North Herts districts from October 20 - March 21.


Each week Open Art Box artists delivered weekly projects inspired by objects from the museum's collections. The activities encouraged participants to explore the items through their own personal, creative responses and invite them to reflect on how these objects link to their own stories.    


Doorstep Discoveries was made possible thanks to public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.


Home Workshop Boxes


Since April 2020 Open Art Box CIC have been delivering Art Workshops direct to people's homes thanks to initial funding provided by Hertfordshire Community Fund as well as independent donors and HCC locality budget funding. 


We provide weekly art boxes, complete with all the materials needed to carry out a different visual art activity each week. These boxes give participants, both those living with dementia and their caregiver, the opportunity to try out all sorts of new and varied art techniques, as well as discover artists new and old, in the comfort and safety of their homes.


We have been determined not to let Covid stop creativity and are so excited to see just how much people have been able to achieve at home! The growing confidence and amazing work from all our participants has been such a joy to see


If you are based in North Herts or Stevenage and feel you would benefit from our Home Workshop Packs please get in touch on 07872333437 or email artists@openartbox.org.uk

We are delighted to be able to continue our home workshop art projects thanks to funding received from North Herts District Council; Stevenage Borough Council; The Follett Trust; Hertfordshire County Council and the Postcode Neighbourhood Trust.


Art Workshops at The Red Shed


We were delighted to deliver art workshops at The Red Shed Project last summer/autumn time, as part of their 'Let's Get Going' initiative, funded by Hertfordshire Community Foundation and Herts County Council. We delivered a range art workshops, all centred around the amazing  garden at The Red Shed. Activities included: clay tiles, stained glass designs, mosaics and much more. All suitable for people living with early-stage dementia and their caregivers. 


It was a great opportunity to get together and create in a group again. 

Conversations in Drawing

 

A course of eight drawing workshops for people living with early-stage dementia and their carers, held at Stevenage Museum in 2019. Conversations in Drawing was an Arts Council England funded project that took place in September and October 2019 and was followed by a public exhibition of the work at the museum.


Conversations in Drawing was made possible thanks to public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.