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Creative programme for local over 60s receives funding from

Andover based arts organisation, Chapel Arts Studios (CAS) is providing a creative lifeline to older local residents facing mental and physical health challenges.

The free, 4-week art programme ‘Second Nature’ starts this week and has been made possible by generous funding from Simplyhealth.

CAS intends to deliver a programme of art workshops to local, over 60s who have been impacted by COVID restrictions, isolation and ill health, to improve wellbeing through art practice centred around nature. The project aims to open up a whole new world of creativity for participants, to rekindle skills in art that have been left aside, or just enjoy a new interest in a supportive group with like-minded people facing similar challenges. Participants of all experience levels will be led by professional artist Steph Turner, who specialises in ceramic and textile art. The course begins on 9th February, with a second block of four weeks starting on the 16th March 2022.

A trip to Sir Harold Hillier Gardens is included in the programme, to inspire participants to create nature themed artworks. Both courses will culminate in an exhibition of the art created at the end of the project, at Unity Art Studios from 28th April. To find out about availability of spaces on ‘Second Nature’ please email info@chapelartsstudios.co.uk