In the summer of 2016 Hampshire Cultural Trust, in partnership with NADFAS and Basingstoke Young Carers, and supported by funding from both the Four Lanes Trust and NADFAS, delivered a project for a group of young carers aged 8-11. The project aimed to introduce the young carers to the life and work of Capability Brown, to mark 300 years since his birth. During the project, the young carers gained new artistic skills and were encouraged to be creative by taking part in a number of artist-led workshops and trips, led by artists Lucy Burley and Rob Luckins.
The project started with the young carers taking part in two clay landscape pot workshops. They were taught how to create a pot; cutting the clay, structuring the pot, decorating it using various tools and finally applying colour to the pots in order to complete the landscape scenes. The pots went on display in the Willis Museum’s Community Gallery. The project continued with a day of artistic inspiration, with the young carers spending the day sketching, drawing and gathering information at a Capability Brown exhibition at the Willis Museum in Basingstoke and at Broadlands, a Capability Brown landscape in Hampshire. All of the drawings and inspiration that the young carers gathered were to help them create clay landscape tiles at a later clay landscape tile workshop.
A celebration event at Basing House helped to bring the project to an end. The event was a chance for everyone to see and hear about what the young carers had done during the project, and to see the wonderful work they had produced. It was fantastic to run a project which gave the young carers the chance to visit new places and have new experiences, and for them to have a chance for some respite and to have a positive experience for themselves.
About the Author: Ross McGauran, Hampshire Cultural Trust