Art and hidden communities

I am interested in how to connect with people who are isolated or who may have a diagnosis which means that they have lost confidence in expressing themselves. I have found that simple art interventions can help to connect with people.

After participating in Visible Mending i had the chance to share the exhibition with older people and people with disabilities. Armed with an envelope of goodies i invited people either individually or in groups to hear the story of Visible Mending and then take a look at what had been created in response to an act of vandalism. People enjoyed seeing the colourful cards which they could handle. The cards prompted stories and ideas and more creative acts. Sometimes the stories had little to do with the images but that didn’t matter. What was both enjoyable and meaningful was the fact that people had the chance to talk and communicate and potentially feel less isolated.

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