Adaptation Series - Angie Hardwick
Following the Partner support session with schools, Create Sheffield met again with its Partners and a few other brilliant cultural practitioners on the 29th July to ask how they had changed their practice to respond to the Covid-19 situation, what innovations they were proud of, and what had been successful enough to repeat. Here is what Angie Hardwick had to say.
My name is Angie Hardwick, Im a freelance Visual Artist based in Sheffield. I devise and deliver creative workshops to all ages and abilities in the local community.
Before the Covid Pandemic my sessions were predominantly hands on, face to face workshops or project. I spent the first couple of weeks of lockdown in between panic mode and burying my head in the sand but when I realised that this wasn’t going away any time soon….. I frantically started applying for various opportunities. I had a lot of support from the different companies that I work with and some paid work started to trickle in…. but it took on a very different form to what I was use to.
Opportunities included written step by step online tutorials for Darts. A blue peter style video for Sheffield libraries commissioned by Ignite Imaginations. Sheffield Childrens Hospitals approached me to create an activity to be included in Artfelt Anywhere. The Charity put their own style on the activity and created packs of equipment and material to deliver to patients bedsides, so they could engage with creative workshops. I also was accepted to devise 3 postcards for the Doncaster Bags of Creativity which tested my graphical skills.
I realised that artists are very resilient and resourceful, my technical experience is very limited but I’ve tried…. and new initiatives have enhanced my knowledge….It still needs improvement and I welcome further training but I'm surviving.
One project that has been predominant throughout my lockdown has been The Festival of the Mind. Although not aimed at young people, the commission has given my practice focus and the creative consultation principles that I have adopted in the project are going to be benificial going forward.
Photo credit : James Mulkeen. (Festival of the Mind)
Angie Hardwick's Visual Arts offer to Primary Schools, to link in with recovery curriculum:
Angie Hardwick, Sheffield based Visual Artist, will facilitate a project called "What Have I Missed?”
If you asked most 5-11 year olds what they have missed about school they would say their friends! In these creative sessions Angie will explore the importance of friendship and how it impacts on wellbeing.
Who are your friends? Fun drawing activities based on portraitures.
What did you miss about your friends? How did you feel? How do you feel now you are back with your friends?
Looking at colours, patterns using emojis and words, pupils will to create a collage that will form part of a collaborative art project to be exhibited.
Due to the current climate the exhibition may possibly be online.
Creative sessions can take place in the form of face to face in small groups or via Zoom sessions.