We have been making ‘invitations to create’ to help people rediscover the world on their doorsteps in creative ways. Research clearly shows that being creative like this helps people feel better, even when life is really confusing, which it certainly is now. Whilst the digital world enables crucial connectivity, our screens can ‘suck us in’. These invitations encourage you to step out into the world around you, reconnect with all your senses and with the pleasures of noticing, listening, making and shaping.
Five artists worked together on the programme during the first lockdown. Each invitation invites you to explore the spaces you are in, especially the natural world on your doorsteps, in new ways using only the simplest of materials and everyday objects. No special art skills required. They invitations shared here were produced during lockdown and each had a particular ‘audience’ in mind:
- Filipa Pereira-Stubbs and Caroline Wendling for younger children and their families.
- Hilary Cox Condron and Sally Todd for teenagers and young adults.
- Susanne Jasilek for adults of any age.
We share them all here together as pdfs to download or view on your screen so that anyone can enjoy them, depending on whether you are being creative alone, or with your family and friends. Some are also introduced with short films by the artists too.Also here are resources co-created with young artists from The Kite Trust - Outside the Box - and members of the Cambs Youth Panel - Piece of Mind - who worked with CCI to develop new versions of creative care packs.
This project originated in lockdown when we couldn’t be physically together - everything was planned and created remotely. We have decided to maintain the spirit of this as we create new films to support others to access these resources - these are all filmed via our zoom bubbles. We are learning how to be connected yet apart through this work.
This short film below was made by Sally and Hilary to introduce themselves and the ideas behind the boxes.
We are building galleries of work created on our website and would love to see any artwork that others might create. Please share it with us and help build a creative and connected community. Send us a photograph and some words to describe it – using twitter, facebook or Instagram and the hashtag #creativecare or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can read more details of Creative Care and our partners on these projects here.
The Creative Care programme was devised in partnership with Arts and Minds and Blue Smile for the FullScope consortia.