Children and families from Newcraighall Primary School (FAST Save the Children project), Stenhouse Primary School (City of Edinburgh Council Family Learning), the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) and Edinburgh Young Carers Project have been inspired by our collections of wallpaper and prints, ceramics, and chairs – everyday features from people’s homes - to design their own personal creations. Led by the artists Katie and Sophie Orton and Ali Glanville-Jones, the workshops aim to inspire creativity, connect people to the new Art and Design galleries (opening July 2016), and encourage an understanding of design processes. They also create opportunities for families to work together and to use art as a medium for therapy and increased self-confidence.
The CAMHS workshops were part of a wider project funded by Gingko Projects to create patterns and prints for the new Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Department of Clinical Neurosciences and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service due to open in 2017.
Upcoming workshops will feature designing lights and lanterns and creating fantastical houses as architectural models to celebrate the 2016 Year of Architecture, Innovation and Design. The project will be showcased at the Museum in November 2016, where the public will have the chance to design their own HomeWorks creation!
“It was great to work on a project with the kids and be hands on during the time. It made me look at patterns & designs more intensely rather than ‘just looking’ & it made making the designs more enjoyable & interesting. It was great fun.- Kelly and Emma, Stenhouse Primary School