Make For Tomorrow

The Make For Tomorrow online arts programme concludes this week with Festival Week – a whole week of sessions live streamed from the Make Your Mark website, including an art workshop from Bindi Vora and an ‘In Conversation’ session with actress Minnie Driver!

And what a fantastic project this has been! The project was developed in response to the lockdown back in March, bringing together artists and performers to create an online arts programme for SPFT service users and staff. The ten-week project included a digital programme of multi-arts workshops and a series of online conversations with actors, performers and authors as they exchanged experiences of living through the coronavirus lockdown.

Back in September, the project kicked off with an Imaginary Landscape workshop with artist Carl Rowe, followed by a live ‘In Conversation’ session with Miss Moneypenny herself, Naomie Harris.

The actress, who played the role of the witch Tia Dalma in Pirates of the Caribbean said: "I know who my fave character is. Tia Dalma in Pirates Of The Caribbean. I would so love to play her again. She's a fantastical character so nobody could ever say 'She would never do that'. I got to create her from scratch. She's so playful and naughty and sexy and the best character to play.”

Art workshops followed from Lothar Götz, Jade Montserrat and Michael O’Reilly, along with a live conversation with Derry Girls star Siobhan McSweeney. Then followed two natural world art workshops from Rebecca Byrne and Hannah Brown, the former being abstract and fantastical and the latter being a realistic interpretation of a landscape. See the carousel images for Emma from the Heads On team’s creation! After this, two live conversations were had with star of stage and screen Fiona Shaw and best-selling author Marian Keyes.

Three very unique art workshops followed. Mark Titchener held a two-part workshop entitled ‘Mememhmmmn’, which focused on sketching separate self-portraits of the eyes, ears, hands, mouth and nose. Mark asked for these to be sent in to him, and he will be revealing his collective self-portrait using all these pieces on Wednesday this week. Steve Macleod then gave a workshop on how to create a pin-hole camera out of… long-life milk cartons! He revealed the images participants created earlier today, and weren’t they fantastic? You can watch the reveal here. Finally, Lou Stoppard’s workshop explored the relationship between art and fashion, creating artwork inspired by a piece of the participants’ own clothing.

Finally, a conversation with Imogen Stubbs preceded the launch of the Make For Tomorrow festival. The details and the line-up for the festival can be found here. If you missed any of these sessions, you can find them all on the Make Your Mark YouTube channel. Alternatively, each name in this article has a hyperlink to the relevant video, so please make use of these too.

It is thanks to Arts Council England and NHS Charities Together that Heads On were able to fund this project, and a huge thank you to Make Your Mark, Arts Over Borders and Hospitals Rooms for curating the project.

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