Katie discovered that using clay added an element of empowerment to the workshops; “it’s a material that changes instantly in the palm of your hand.” Through this, she felt that the children had been encouraged to think about their roles in changing communities, in social change and in coming together to build things that benefit the greater good. “Art can create a really helpful space for people who don’t usually work together to work together,” she said, “The arts can’t be left to fill the gap of other important things that are missing from communities, but this is where the foundations for those changes begin to take shape.”
Towner's Learning Curator Mollie Howells said: "This was such a fantastic project to work on with GROW, formalising this connection through the HAF programme has been a particular highlight of my first year at Towner! GROW’s crucial work in the community and refreshing approach to engagement with nature is something we’re keen to see develop.
Katie’s calm and creative approach to these workshops and to bringing young people together consistently amazed me. Her unique way of communicating themes around connection and growth through her singular practice was a joy to see. I know all involved had a great time, their achievements are something they should be immensely proud of."
More information about what happened during the workshops can be found in this Eastbourne Reporter article by Rebecca Maer.
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