CAP Update – Side by Side – Cedar Foundation Inclusion Matters – Artist facilitator – Clare McComish

This Mosaic project took place for users situated across NI, was hosted by the Cedar Foundation and the CAP artist facilitator was Clare McComish.

The project started in the cautious days of covid, when some people were mixing while others were more reluctant to go out. The Cedar Foundation decided to reach those participants with this project as they were missing out on typical group work. This involved extra work by the staff, as they had to collect, pass on and deliver the artpacks. Areas included Castlederg, Portstewart, Bangor, Downpatrick… so a very dispersed geographical remit. Cedar was pleased to be able to offer opportunity to those living in more rural areas through this project as they feel that clients in these areas are often left out and don’t get the same opportunities.

This additional logistical support is a an alternative concept in SXS. Not only were the participants supported by family members and friends to make the artwork but the role of the staff to connect, transport and reconnect was a significant in making the project happen.

Clare created the packs, videos, instructions and did some preparation ground work for the pieces. The group commented on how easy this process was, how they didn’t feel under any pressure to achieve and delighted with the outcomes. They also commented that there wasn’t too much paperwork but just what was needed (ie the gmail forms worked for them).

Cedar asked the participants if they wanted to keep their art pieces or allow them to be permanently displayed in their head office. They agreed to allow the pieces to come together.the celebration of their project took place in March. Well done to everyone who was involved!!

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