Our book, Down Memory Lane, Personal stories of life on the Isle of Wight before 1970, edited by Helen Butler, with illustrations by popular cartoonist, Besley, is available from local shops or direct from Independent Arts for £5.99. Local history is brought to life by a wide range of people sharing their memories of school, work, wartime and all aspects of island life in the mid-20th Century. Thanks to Help the Aged for helping to fund this project.
During Summer 2009, Independent Arts ran a community sculpture project across the Island, supported by funding from the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation.
Members from Sunnycrest Nursery in Newchurch, Ryde House, Meadowbrook and Haylands Farm in Ryde, St Catherine's School in Ventnor and Thomson House, Beaulieu House and the Medina Centre in Newport took part in the project, working both as individuals and in groups with professional Island sculptors, Dave Badman and Lucy Wells, making a wide variety of sculptures.
Guy Eades, Healing Arts Director for the Island's NHS said:
"One of the project's main intentions was to teach and guide persons at each venue in the making of sculpture so that it could become a regular part of each venue's ongoing activities and the success of the project has inspired them to go on and do just that. So we are delighted to be able to show at Full Circle the photographs of what was made on the project over the summer as they show fantastic levels of imagination and enterprise from all who took part."
The project was photographed by Helen Butler, and exhibited at various venues across the Island, creating awareness of both the work done by Independent Arts in the Island's community and demonstrating the creativity of the people with whom it works.
The exhibition was presented in partnership with Healing Arts, the arts and health department of the Isle of Wight NHS Primary Care Trust.
Havenstreet Station hosted our trial run of Silver Cinema in May 2009, which recreated an old-style cinema experience, with classic films and historic newsreels. It was aimed at those who cannot get out on their own and would like to socialise.
We exhibited artwork at the Apollo Theatre and Quay Arts in spring 09, which showed the versatility of our client group and practitioners.
Singing for the Brain, for Alzheimers and stroke sufferers, is a new project for Independent Arts led by practitioner Sandy Kealty. Thanks to Age Concern for providing funding for the first sessions and to the Concertina Trust for contributing towards the cost of traveling to the mainland for training sessions.
Independent Arts attended several Island events in summer 2009: Chale Show on 1 and 2 August; Big Green Picnic on 15 and 16 August; Wolverton Manor Garden Fair on 5 and 6 September; Bestival on 11, 12 and 13 September.
Bestival kindly donated a pair of tickets for Independent Arts to auction at Wolverton Manor Garden Fair, which raised £290 for the charity.
Imagination: an Independent Arts exhibition was a travelling exhibition of photographs which demonstrated the creativity of people on the Island with special needs. It ran at the Full Circle Exhibitions Space, St Mary's Hospital, Newport from November 2009 to January 2010, and afterwards at St Thomas's Church in Newport.