Enjoying angel art in the care home community - A wonderful way to celebrate Christmas!
I had the great pleasure of going to the Royal Society of Public health conference this month. It is always interesting to discover news ways in which the Arts can benefit health and well-being across society.
Cream of the crop creativity blooms at the 2017 Moreton Show.
London's Garrick Theatre hosts the west end premiere musical 'Gangsta Granny.'
The very fabulous Cornbury Festival.
A summer full of inspiring colour.
The Cav 'n Guards Clubs charity fundraiser for Dusty Yak supporting orphans in Nepal.
The Skoll World Forum for Social Entrepreneurs in Oxford. Bono on stage with Michael Franti...Singing...Just Imagine.
On the carousel? Going round and round? Time to jump off?
February, the month of Valentine's love and heart-felt good will.
It's always a good idea to plant colourful flowers to attract the bees and support pollination. On a creative level, the bold black and yellow stripes on bees are visually inspiring. This month I've enjoyed making honey bee sculptures with my Workshop groups - It's inspired a buzz of creativity. To get involved, look out for National Honey Bee Day and the British Beekeepers Association.
Luxury car manufacturer Bentley and artist Sir Peter Blake have created an eye-catching car to be auctioned for hospice charity Care2Save.
When local hospice St Luke's, with which Bentley Motors has a long-established connection, launched a new trust to tackle the need for palliative care globally, Bentley Motors decided to help by doing what it does best - building cars.
Working with artist Sir Peter Blake, the godfather of British Pop Art, Bentley colleagues have produced an extremely eyecatching example of the company's Continental GT model. The highly customised car will be auctioned by Bonhams at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on June 24.
The proceeds will go to the Care2Save Charitable Trust, set up by St Luke's to raise awareness and funding for end of life care in parts of the world where it is often neglected and underfunded, as well as in the UK.
Since St Luke's opened just up the road from the firm's Crewe headquarters, Bentley employees have volunteered countless hours of their time to raise money and give hands-on help with renovations and gardening. Over the years, St Luke's has helped the families of several Bentley colleagues when they have been ill. When the hospice revealed their concerns about palliative care globally, Bentley saw this as a way to engage its staff and the wider world with a cause that resonates very strongly with the people at its Crewe HQ.
Sally Hepton, Director of CSR at Bentley Motors said: "Sir Peter Blake’s Bentley is a Bentley with a heart (quite literally, Sir Peter’s iconic heart motif is the standout feature of the car), for us it’s been the natural progression of a relationship between two organisations at the heart of the community. We hope this car will help Care2Save change lives in communities worldwide in the same way our colleagues’ fundraising and volunteering make such a difference locally."
Queen Elizabeth II is ninety years old today! Communities across the country have been celebrating with parties. I enjoyed working with Tall Trees Care Home to create a series of portraits of the queen to mark this special occasion. The elderly care home residents (some of whom were ninety themselves) enjoyed their creative art experience and toasted her majesty with a cup of tea!
'Fierce Compassion' is the theme for this year's Skoll World Forum in Oxford.
My latest ships' figurehead carving is a portrait of Charlotte Mason, founder of the PNEU Schools. She is going on tour throughout March and April and will be exhibited in Moreton-in-Marsh at the Warners Budgens store, Oaktree Mews Care Home and the North Cotswolds Hospital.
I have a great passion for wood carving and was delighted to come across a magnificent totem pole carving in an Oxford museum. It made me think about collecting things. I try not to collect too much stuff. In fact, I'm often clearing things out of my home. But there's a difference between clutter and collections and the later can be very educational. The Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford holds a magnificent collection of Native American wood carvings and is well worth a visit - It might inspire you to collect carvings too.
2016 is off to an exciting start! I'm launching a series of taster videos - '30 Days and 30 Ways to Set Free Your Creativity!' There's a collection of two minute tips on how to bring even more creativity into your life for enhanced health, wealth and happiness. Watch this space for the first taster!
I was fortunate to be asked to appear in a news story for That's Oxford TV this week. It was a wonderful opportunity to talk about good causes associates with Creativity and to promote our Gig-Arts charity which is based at the ICE Centre in Carterton. It was also a great privilege to involve our associates; Charlotte Taylor, a Gig-Arts student from Burford School and a whole host of inspiring special needs artists from Carterton. It was an excellent team effort. Watch this space for a link to the TV news story.