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The Care Trail Guide

The guide to a week long exhibition coinciding with CredFest, National Carers Week 2019, and Creativity and Wellbeing Week. Eight artists and over 150 residents of mid-Devon have been involved in the creation of a series of artworks exploring the meaning of care and being a carer. A launch party is open to all on 10 June 2019 at the Crediton (Devon) train station. From 2-6pm, the event will include a free shuttle between the six venues . The event is produced by Significant Seams CIC with funding from Arts Council England, The National Lottery's Community Fund, and Crediton Town Council.

The guide to a week long exhibition coinciding with CredFest, National Carers Week 2019, and Creativity and Wellbeing Week. Eight artists and over 150 residents of mid-Devon have been involved in the creation of a series of artworks exploring the meaning of care and being a carer. A launch party is open to all on 10 June 2019 at the Crediton (Devon) train station. From 2-6pm, the event will include a free shuttle between the six venues . The event is produced by Significant Seams CIC with funding from Arts Council England, The National Lottery's Community Fund, and Crediton Town Council.

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THE CARE TRAIL

10–16 JUNE 2019

ARTISTS EXPLORE THE

MEANING OF CARE,

AND BEING A CARER WITH

THE MID-DEVON COMMUNITY


THE CARE TRAIL

10–16 JUNE 2019

SIGNIFICANTSEAMS.ORG.UK


TURNING TIDES TEA ROOM

CREDITON ARTS CENTRE

CREDITON COMMUNITY BOOKSHOP

CHIDDENBROOK SURGERY

CREDITON LIBRARY

LORDS MEADOW LEISURE CENTRE


6 VENUES

8 PROFESSIONAL ARTISTS

11 ARTWORKS

OVER 50 EVENTS

OVER 150 CARERS & THEIR

COMMUNITIES INVOLVED

FREE Shuttle services from

Tiverton & Cullompton,

10 June 2019 – Places first come, first served,

and must be booked: register at http://bit.ly/CareShuttle

or contact catherine@significantseams.org.uk.


Carer.

The word as a noun - or job description

- is a bit strange. Don’t we all care about

something and someone? When is one a

carer versus a caree? Don’t both parties

care? Isn’t this where the emotional and

social complexities of caring come from?

We have invited professional artists to

share their thoughts and creations about

these questions - and their own caring

experiences. We have spoken, co-created,

laughed, and shared stories with over

100 people living the role of ‘carer.’

This exhibition scratches the surface

of the stories of carers, and invites our

collective consideration of what it means

to be a community - and what it

means to care.

Made possible by funding from:

Devon Community Foundation,

Arts Council England,

The Community Lottery and

Crediton Town Council.

This exhibition is

part of a project called

The Craft of Caring

being produced

and delivered by

Significant Seams CIC.


THE CARE TRAIL 10–16 JUNE

Turning Tides Tea Room

Crediton Train Station, EX17 3FA

The Turning Tides Project believes that everyone

has the right to equal access to music, the arts and life

and intend to make this right a reality for people with

‘learning disability’ or ‘autism’ labels in Devon.

The Station Tearooms are an extension of this philosophy;

an inclusive environment where you can relax, be a part of

community, book training space, volunteer,

get work experience, read a book, drink tea

and be welcome.

Special Opening Monday 10 June for Launch Party.

Join us 2pm–6pm.

ALSO OPEN Tuesday 10am-5pm, Wednesday 10am-2:30pm

Thursday 10am–5pm, Friday 10am–5pm, Saturday 10am–2:30pm


Care

Artists:

Carers & their communities from Mid-Devon,

& the Significant Seams Artistic Associates:

Catherine West, James Lake,

Melinda Schwakhofer, & Naomi Wright

www.significantseams.org.uk

This installation centres on a giant nest.

Woven with twine and personal stories,

the nest is lined with patchwork holding

stories of caring. The patches reveal

inspiring depths of human connectedness,

resilience, and love - as well as turmoil,

challenges, and heart wrenching

realities.

This piece ‘holds’ the experiences

of Carers from across Mid-Devon,

making carers’ vulnerabilities and

challenges visible, but also normal - and

incorporates and enhances support from

the wider community, in literal and

symbolic ways.

Funds are being raised to tour this artwork.

Contribute at http://bit.ly/CareNestDonation

A patch from a carer

of someone with an

illness that disrupts life

intermittently.


THE CARE TRAIL 10–16 JUNE

Crediton Arts Centre

EX17 3AX

The Arts Centre is the cultural heart of Crediton,

offering a busy programme of art classes and events,

including theatre, dance, film, talks and music; and

providing support for a range of outreach and emerging

activity across the community (including The Craft of

Caring project from its earliest stages). The Centre is

open for classes throughout the week,

so the exhibition is not always accessible.

Join us for a FREE Family

friendly activity 6–8pm Thursday 13 June.

ALSO VISIT Monday 4–6pm, Tuesday 9am–1pm

Wednesday 1–3pm Thursday 1–8pm, Friday 1–5pm

Saturday 9am–5pm


Artist:

Handle with Care

Melinda Schwakhofer

Internationally exhibited

award winning artist

and Art & Health Practitioner

melindaschwakhofer.wordpress.com

This self-portrait uses photographic

images, layers of memory and text,

transparency and opacity to capture the

artist’s experience of being an adolescent

carer, an experience of a world shattering

contrasted with a strength of will to

hold herself together.

Oprah Winfrey is my Mother

Artist:

Monica Shanta Brown

Visual Artist, Curator & Artist Educator

www.monica-shanta.net

An installation of photographs of the

artist’s mother alongside her shopping

lists from 2014 to the present. The work

as a whole reveals the practical and

emotional complexities of caring, and

is intended to raise questions about the

nature of the relationship between carer

and cared for.

The usual understanding implicit in

the word ‘care’ are positives such

as kindness, tenderness, affection,

compassion etc…. However, the

relationship can be nuanced

and problematic.

The artist’s mother

photographed by

her daughter in

1976 and 2016


THE CARE TRAIL 10–16 JUNE

Crediton

Community Bookshop

EX17 3AH

An independent and community-owned bookshop.

Through investing in local projects and working with

partners from schools and libraries to famous authors,

the bookshop acts as a strong and vibrant

community resource.

VISIT Monday - Friday 9:30am–5pm

Saturday 9:30am–2pm


Carers Insight

Artist:

Catherine O’Brien West

Artist, Social Entrepreneur, FRSA

significantseams.org.uk

Carer’s Insight is a multi-media sculptural

rucksack that challenges the proverbial

concept of a person with baggage- and

particularly alludes to the experiences

of young carers.

I remember

The essence of various flowers have

been pounded into the materials in a

direct dyeing technique – representing

life moments, people and sentiments,

like a florist’s bouquet is meant

to convey meaning.

Artist:

Lucy Patrick

Installation Artist , Devon Artist Network

devonartistnetwork.co.uk/artists/lucy-patrick

Three free standing sculptures

expressing the transition of an

elderly person from an immobilised

or handicapped state to animation

and vibrancy in the recounting of a

cherished experience.

Please note and respect that

these pieces are FRAGILE.

A sculpture from the

‘I remember’ series


THE CARE TRAIL 10–16 JUNE

Chiddenbrook Surgery

Threshers, EX17 3JJ

This GP Surgery on the Western

edge of Crediton just behind the

Crediton hospital hosts a special

monthly surgery for Carers and has

a Carers information pack.

VISIT Monday - Friday

8:15am–6pm


Exploding Van Gogh

Artist:

James Lake

James Lake’s

exploration of the

care and feeling

of ‘Sunflowers’

These cardboard semi relief

textured pictures are inspired by the

favourite painting of the artist’s father,

Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers.’ The series

creatively explores and celebrates how,

despite loss of autonomy due to MS

Dementia, objects and photos are

markers for his Dad’s personal history

and sense of self-worth, maintaining

his individuality and depth of character,

beyond his role as recipient of care.

Using the themes of time and space;

sunflowers push through the surface

or partially retreat, memories and

actions that come in and out of focus.


THE CARE TRAIL 10–16 JUNE

Crediton Library

EX17 2AA

Crediton Library is open five days a week and

is fully accessible to all, with off-road parking, including

disabled space. Library staff are a valuable resource

for signposting and advice to social resources in

the Crediton community.

VISIT Monday 9am–6pm,

Tuesday 9am–5pm, Thursday 9am–5pm,

Friday 9am–6pm, Saturday 9am–1pm


Here Today

Artist:

Stella Tripp

Widely exhibited visual artist

with two published books

of drawings

www.stellatripp.co.uk

A painting created shortly after

the death of her father, recalling

his head on his hospital pillow

whilst feeling his absence.

Coming Up For Air

Artist:

Stella Tripp

Stella Tripp’s work ‘Here Today’

One of several works about

breath and breathing made while

the artists’s husband was

recovering from a collapsed lung.

Holding it Together:

Healing Wounds //

Overcoming Obstacles //

The Rough with the Smooth

Artist:

Stella Tripp

Roots of Caring

Artist:

Naomi Wright

What is different about the

caring/cared for relationship,

where does it start and finish?

Underneath the outer layers are

different expressions of that

care nourishing and

supporting the soul.

Small works shown in

The Art of Caring’ exhibitions at

St Georges and St Pancras Hospitals

in London in 2018.


THE CARE TRAIL 10–16 JUNE

Lords Meadow Leisure Centre

EX17 3AX

Part of Mid Devon Leisure and dedicated

to making a difference to people’s lives, providing great

value experiences with a warm welcome. Mid Devon Leisure

helps people reach their fitness and health goals, and offers a

place to keep active, stay healthy, make friends

and learn new skills.

VISIT Monday 6:30am–10pm,

Tuesday 7am–10pm, Wednesday 6:30–10pm

Thursday 7am–10pm, Friday 6:30am–8pm

Saturday 7am–5pm, Sunday 9am–5pm


‘Rhapsody’

another sculpture

by the artist

Still Waters

Artist:

Stacey Beaumont

staceybeaumont.com

A highly symbolic and tactile

sculpture made from reclaimed

Cornish roof slates, seaglass,

& gold leaf smalti.


To find out more about purchasing any of the art pieces in

this exhibition, or hosting a further exhibition by any of

the artists, please contact catherine@significantseams.org.uk

Additionally, please note, we are raising funds to tour

‘CARE,’ - the giant nest. Thank you for considering

donating at: http://bit.ly/CareNestDonation

The Caring Community

Significant Seams and the Craft of Caring

project would like to thank project

participants, for the generous sharing

of their stories and welcoming of our

project team into their worlds. We also

want to thank the artists, exhibition

venues, and a range of organisations and

groups, whose support has helped make

this exhibition a reality, particularly

Unite, Mid-Devon Carers, Devon Carers,

Crediton Arts Centre, Involve, The

Hayridge (Cullompton Library), Libraries

Unlimited, Heathcoat Community Centre,

Sunningmead Community Centre, and

Arts & Health South West. Further,

a number of individuals have been

instrumental in their support - huge

appreciation to Andrea Foxwell, Tim

Salter, Sue Lee, Callum Elliot-Archer,

Nicola Frost, and Christine Duff.

The design for the Craft of Caring

Project was developed in the course

of a pilot in 2017/18 (funded by Devon

Community Foundation). In that phase

Significant Seams interacted with 28

frontline agencies and worked with 7

carers, paid and unpaid. We delivered

5 experimental textile workshops –

primarily attended by staff of specialist

organisations. After five sessions, we

had a facilitated feedback session to

evoke as much learning as possible. This

session led to a (funder-agreed) revised

approach to reaching, supporting, and

engaging carers based on an outreach

and art project model. With financial

support from Arts Council England,

The Community Lottery, and Crediton

Town Council, we expanded on the

approach to deliver across mid Devon,

and undertook substantial outreach

and art workshop activity for carers,

facilitating and instigating conversations

in the community about care and carers’

experiences. We have established links

and conversations with at least twenty

further organisations. We have directly

worked with over 100 carers of mid-

Devon in under six months, with no

referral system - including a growing

number of carers who have opted out

of the existing provisions. We hugely

appreciate the trust and honest inputs of

participants in the project….


WE HUGELY APPRECIATE

THE TRUST AND HONEST FEEDBACK

OF PARTICIPANTS IN THE PROJECT

‘LAUGHTER SOMETIMES

REALLY IS THE BEST MEDICINE.’

‘MY INITIAL REACTION

IS RELIEF AND VALIDATION

AS A CARER THAT SOMETHING

SO MEANINGFUL AND NOURISHING

IS OUT THERE. IT IS BY FAR

THE BEST OUTREACH TO CARERS

I’VE EVER SEEN.’

‘MY WORK REPRESENTS ME,

THE CARER AS THE GREEN THREAD

GOING UP & DOWN (EMOTIONALLY)

AND ROUND & ROUND IN CIRCLES.

THE BLACK THREAD REPRESENTS THE

TANGLED STATE OF MY LOVED ONE’S BRAIN

AND THE WHITE BITS ARE THE LEWY

BODY DEPOSITS CAUSING HIS CONFUSION.’

‘I THOUGHT IT WAS BRILLIANT MAKING

THE NESTS LAST TIME. I FINISHED IT AT HOME

AND PUT FELT INSIDE IT. IT’S SO IMPORTANT

TOUCHING AND MAKING,

TOUCHING DIFFERENT SURFACES.’

‘YOU NEED TO SEE WHAT’S WRONG

AND LOVE THE PERSON THE SAME’

‘THE (CARERS) GROUP HAS BEEN A LIFELINE.’


TURNING

TIDES

TEA ROOM

EX17 3FA

S

W

N

CREDITON

ARTS CENTRE

EX17 3AX

E

CREDITON

COMMUNITY

BOOKSHOP

EX17 3AH

CHIDDENBROOK

SURGERY

EX17 3JJ

CREDITON

LIBRARY

EX17 2AA

LORDS

MEADOW

LEISURE

CENTRE

EX17 1ER

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