With funding of £2,000 from the Arts Fund and Leicestershire Fund, Leicester ArtZone was able to run a series of twenty weekly painting workshops concentrating on using oils and acrylics which were attended by asylum seekers, elderly people, children and disabled people. The grant provided materials, tutors and paid for the hire of premises. In addition, the participants were encouraged to submit work to a competition.
The project has had many positive benefits for those taking part, including improving their confidence and communication skills at the same time as helping them grow and explore their painting skills. The relaxed environment has provided participants with a safe place to socialise and make friends. This has furthermore helped them fit into the local community better, as they have grown in self-belief and confidence, and feel less isolated.
Leicester ArtZone works with people across Leicester including those affected by issues such as alcohol or drug addiction; BME groups; disadvantaged or low income people; lone parents; the long term unemployed; older people; people with learning difficulties, mental health difficulties or physical disabilities. They also provide workshops free of charge to asylum seekers.
The ArtZone provides a friendly and calming atmosphere in which people can express themselves through art, and improve their health and wellbeing.
For information on setting up your own personal, family or business fund to support projects locally, please contact Katy Green at Leicestershire and Rutland Community Foundation on 0116 262 4804 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.