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The Craft of Caring: A Caring Community Artwork

The 2011 Census revealed there are over 84,000 carers in Devon.  Over 18,000 provide over 50 hours of unpaid care per week.

Significant Seams, with support from Arts Council England, Awards for All, Crediton Town Council, and Devon Community Foundation, and in collaboration with several regional organisations, is leading a community project to support, connect, and hear from carers from the mid-Devon area. The project has been shaped  with artists, paid carers, frontline delivery organisations and with feedback from unpaid carers.

“My initial reaction (to reading about the project) is relief and validation as a carer that something so meaningful and nourishing is out there. It is BY FAR the best outreach to carers I’ve ever seen.”    An unpaid carer from mid-Devon

The Craft of Caring: A Caring Community Artwork asks carers, ‘What does it mean to be a carer?’ and helps them find time for them self in a restorative craft activity.

Finals-A4VenueCOC-4Participants are creating a patch for a collective large scale sculptural artwork. They will have opportunity to do this in a group or on their own, with the person they care for or independently. They can take it on at home and in their own time, or by protecting some time for themselves and coming along to a free workshop. Artists are offering free art workshops across Mid-Devon.  

Carers have substantial demands on their time – very often not within their control. This project is shaped to accommodate that.

The wider community are also being invited to be part and offered a variety of ways to directly contribute to the artwork, and to volunteer.

The artwork will be unveiled in National Carers Week 10-16 June 2019.

It will be part of a wider exhibition called ‘The Care Trail’ in which 8 selected professional artists will exhibit work on the theme in 6 community venues across Crediton during ‘CredFest.’

The project is still actively seeking  funding to tour the completed work in autumn 2019.

Please contact catherine@significantseams.org.uk or on 077 4292 5085 to discuss supporting “The Craft of Caring: Mid-Devon.”