Creative wellbeing is an art group ran by Sheila Taylor and myself (Sonia Burn) I am an artist that specialises in dot art mandala and zentangle, Sheila enjoys working with watercolour and Chinese brush painting. We meet up once a week on a Thursday morning at Green Arts in the Moore Lane Eco Centre. Our name, Creative Wellbeing, is based on the idea that creating art is an uplifting and positive experience, which has helped many who suffer with their mental health. We have a relaxed and informal atmosphere where you can do as much or as little as you please and just enjoy the company.
Sheila and I oversee the group of 12 members, each person has their own artistic interest which includes working with acrylics, watercolours, ink, sketching and mixed media. The group are self led but we’re are also happy to inspire and impart our knowledge and are always happy to invite a visiting artist to teach us all something new.
As a group, we have had two previous exhibitions that were displayed in the gallery space at the former Greenfield Arts Centre. Both were successful and gave a boost of confidence to our members. I recently contacted Ushaw Historic House in Durham to enquire about their space for holding exhibitions, to see if our group could take part, and was so pleased when we were accepted! The exhibit runs from the 17th of February to the 24th of April at Ushaw Historic House, Chapel and Gardens, Woodland Rd, Durham DH7 9RH (Sat nav DH7 7DW).
Within this exhibition is a showcase of the diverse styles of art from each of our members, including Sheila and myself, with many pieces for sale.