REMEMBRANCE DAY


The exhibition for the project " Remembrance Day" will take place on
Saturday 12th, November 2022
11am - 5pm.

 For this project we are working in partnership with the
"Ur Back Up UK C.i.C" organisation. 
Our participants are amateur artists who have been emotionally influenced, directly or indirectly, by service in the Armed Forces or anybody else who would like to creatively demonstrate their appreciation.   
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Like all our projects participation is free and you will be asked to develop your artwork independently from the group in order to strengthen your  self-confidence, avoid comparison and highlight contrast of interpretation. We promote integration and inclusion  but there is no pressure to exhibit your artwork or mingle with the other amateur artists and visitors if you do not wish to!
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The exhibition will take place on Saturday 12th November 2022
11am - 5pm
at the Royal British Legion Hall in Broadstone BH18 8AW
Dorset 

 
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All media are welcome

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The project has for an aim to present the artworks in an exhibition. It is based on self-motivation, contrast of interpretation and uniqueness in togetherness by expressing how you feel or would like to feel.  So you will be asked to work independently from the group but with the support of our Therapeutic Project Coordinator Nathalie. Once the artworks collected, a private exhibition for the artists will be organised. You can then meet the other participants, exchange ideas, talk about your experience or not and all this over a hot drink. Then a public exhibition will take place where again you will meet the other participants and if you wish to, introduce yourself to the visitors and all this again over another hot drink!

There isn't any fee for you to pay to participate in this project, but you will have to pay for your own material. Contrast of interpretation means also contrast of creative skills so paint and brushes are not the only tools you can use!

What to expect?

Via the therapeutic rapport with the project coordinator, you will gain:
  1. A caring and respectful ear to talk to about the development of your artwork and your own perspective according to your own inner stories and needs.
  2. You will receive support to express yourself clearly and freely.
  3. You will also receive reassurance and motivation to achieve your goals.
  4. You will be kept connected to the project and group.
 
 Via the creative process of this project:
  • You will get great psychological satisfaction as a reward for your self-motivation and achievement, both at personal and group level.
  • Encouraging free, individual contrast of interpretation where nobody is right or wrong will promote self-acceptance and acceptance of others.
  • Providing you, the amateur artist, with the opportunity to have your work seen publicly in an exhibition setting, will allow you to shine and to gain a potential financial reward, which all together will help to strengthen your self-esteem, self-belief and confidence.
  • The preview meeting/ private exhibition will give you the opportunity to meet face to face with the other participants to learn from each other (as soon as the portfolio is submitted), it will encourage inclusion, communication, recognition, the right to be unique and authentic, openness to the perspectives of others, to create new rapports, to receive feedback and to improve your skills in the process.
  • Just as for the private exhibition, the public one will provide the same opportunities but on a much larger scale and bolstered by the cumulative effect of all the interactions with the coordinator and the co-participants during the preview, you should have built by then sufficient positive momentum to feel the positive effect on your self-belief and confidence.  
  • During the preview and the public exhibition, you and the other participants will get the opportunities over coffee to discuss or not, your artwork, your personal situation, as well as the tips you use to keep yourselves emotionally/mentally balanced.
  • You will realise that expressing your feelings in a creative way in a project like this one is respectful to your individuality while making connections.
 
Via “stage exposure” you will gain:
(The 3 stages being the development period, the private exhibition and the public one)
 
  • A safe and respectful setting to face your own inner issues and challenges
  • A comfortable (place and timescale) setting to express yourself
  • A comfortable momentum to build self-belief and confidence
 
  • Achieving your goal will demonstrate or reinforce your sense of persistence and resilience. It will be evidence of your self-efficacy belief (one's belief in one's ability to succeed in specific situations or to accomplish a task) and therefore believing in your abilities to achieve another project.
 
  • The therapeutic effect of creativity will positively affect your emotional health and therefore your cognitive skills as well as your behavior…. with a ripple effect within your circle.
  • As soon as another project is in place, you will be offered the opportunity to join, thus strengthening the new connections in the process, providing you with another purpose for your skill year after year, and see your own expression of healing evolving in a gentle regular and creative way.
With regard to the public visiting the exhibition, it will:
 
  • highlight the importance of maintaining good emotional/mental health and well-being.
  • give them insight into their own emotional/mental health and well-being.
  • make them appreciate even more their own inner journey.
  • or make them realise they could do with some support themselves.
  • And finally, they will be reminded of the importance to respect other people’s journeys or issues with more consideration, kindness, and empathy.