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art and creativity

Hope loves art and creativity

As part of all our work, Hope tries to use and promote art and other creative activity to help people and their communities to improve their lives.

We usually have a thriving range of creative groups using different media and means of self-expression, as well as groups who gather for self-help and who use art as part of their therapy. It gives voice and dignity to our service users. But currently these are suspended, although soon to return, but we also encourage remote art work and stimulate this.

Art and other graphic media can provide a way of coping with distress, with pain, and offers therapy. Some of Hope’s artist’s work can be considered part of the tradition known as Art Brut or Outsider Art, made by people who do not see themselves as artists (although they are) and whose art is a release and in some cases untrained self-expression.

Yet Hope’s artists also sell their work and showcase what they do in art shows. Some of Hope’s artists, like Juris, are really exceptional, trained artists, who exhibit regularly.

We also promote creative writing and help people to express themselves through writing.

We run a creative writing group which has published its own collection of service users stories, ‘Writing in Hope’. Local legend Alan Moore has been a big supporter of this group.

We are also interested in the role of film to give voice to people on society’s margins. That’s why we have launched Hope Film Club, an occasional series on recent films and filmmaking and how it addresses issues of poverty and homelessness.

You can read posts from the club here

Issue 2  Documentary film

We show case films about our work and our interests on our you tube channel

You can find films about poverty and homelessness – check out these on MUBI

We welcome involvement in all of these activities by volunteers and creative people. Contact Hope to get involved 

Local legendary comic book author Alan Moore popped in in 2017 to encourage our writers.

Thanks to all our fabulous volunteers who help lead sessions – we always need new people to help run a group or a class. If you have specific skills, discuss ideas with us, whether it is pottery, photography, welding, murals, singing …..

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