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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 Devon Community Foundation, and in collaboration with several regional organisations, is leading a community project to support, connect, and hear from carers from the Crediton 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.

Participants will create a patch for a collective 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 attending Carers cafes in autumn 2018.

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

Crediton Art Centre will exhibit the completed artwork in 2019.

The project is still actively seeking  invitations to groups where carers find support and connections, as well as additional funding for:

  • Exhibition related costs
  • An ‘unveiling’ event for the final artwork,
  • Production of note cards of the artwork.

We can offer:

  • Logo on Significant Seams website project page
  • Invitation to and thanks in association with the Unveiling Event
  • A variety of art, craft and/or reflective question inspired workshops for your group (from £200)

Please contact catherine@significantseams.org.uk or on 077 4292 5085 to discuss supporting “The Craft of Caring: a Caring Community Artwork.”