Independent Arts has been providing arts for wellbeing on the Isle of Wight for more than 30 years. Find out what we offer
We are delighted to be able to reintroduce some of our community sessions in person as Covid-19 restrictions ease. DanceMakers, DanceSense, Creative Café and Anxiety Café are all starting up in May 2021 and we hope our other sessions will be able to follow from June 21st.
During the pandemic we have created and shared hundreds of free creative activities online for you to enjoy from the comfort of your home.
Please join us on our Independent Arts YouTube channel.
We will reintroduce face-to-face sessions of our popular community groups as Covid-19 restrictions ease. In the meantime, we can also offer you the opportunity to socialise from the safety of your own home by joining one of our free Zoom groups. SingAbout, Anxiety Café, Singing for Breathing and Creative Café will all be meeting on a weekly basis.
If you would like to talk to us about joining one of these groups, please get in touch and we will be happy to get you started. Don't worry if you are new to Zoom, our team will talk you through the free sign-up process.
Looking Out From Lockdown is an Island-wide project celebrating the creativity of Island people during lockdown, both in 2020, and again now in 2021. In collaboration with Lord-Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight, Susie Sheldon, local arts for wellbeing charity Independent Arts is offering people the chance to exhibit their lockdown creations, be it painting, photographs, poetry, music, speech, pottery, writing, crafts, projects, inventions, baking, gardening or anything else creative completed to keep spirits up during lockdown.
Independent Arts has more than 30 years' experience of providing creative activities to older people and community groups. Through our Workshops for Wellbeing programme, we offer a range of activities, which can be delivered to a variety of clients in both residential homes and community settings.
We engage trained, skilled and talented freelance practitioners for our clients. All our practitioners are DBS checked and covered by Independent Arts' insurance.
While face-to-face sessions are restricted during the Covid-19 pandemic we have found innovative ways to support care home residents such as:
A digital project, aiming to reduce isolation for those living in residential care, cut off from their friends and families during the Covid-19 pandemic.
This project was begun in response to the Covid-19 lockdown measures when our lottery-funded inter-generational schools and care home project School Ties was temporarily halted. Our funder, the National Lottery, very generously agreed for funds to be repurposed to provide for the new art sacks to primary school children and care homes so they can continue creating and keep in touch with each other.
We look forward to resuming face-to-face sessions in care homes once Covid-19 restrictions ease.
Please contact us if you would like to know more about joining any of these activities.