Art Bag Project Animation

In collaboration with the artist Annalie Ashwell, Quirky Picture has been running workshops with local resident in hertfordshire to create a stop motion animation with soap carving which will premiere in July.

The ‘animators worked intensively for 2 days to create an short 2 min animation, and a composer is currently creating a soundtrack

The history of the project

Hospice Launches Soap Carving Project

04 January 2017

A new soap carving activity is offering people affected by a life-limiting illness, and their loved ones, the opportunity to ‘carve out a space and time for themselves’ as part of an annual ‘art bag’ project.

This year, the art bag project contains a bar of soap and the materials needed for carving. The soap can be transformed into anything: flowers, faces, shapes or animals and offers a simple therapeutic activity which promotes wellbeing and relaxation.

Launched by The Hospice of St Francis in partnership with Peace Hospice Care and Macmillan Cancer Support, the project aims to ‘connect people through activity’ and offers a taste of the creative workshops on offer at the hospices.

The team are planning to distribute over 500 art bags. Participants are then invited to share their completed artwork so it can feature in an animated film exploring the themes of support, transformation and loss.

The film will preview at The Hospice of St Francis next summer to celebrate the second anniversary of the Macmillan Wellbeing and Therapeutic Service which developed the project.

Annalie Ashwell, Macmillan Wellbeing and Therapeutic Coordinator, describes how the activity promotes relaxation, “The simple act of taking some time to focus on a creative activity can help patients, and their families, build resilience when coping with a serious illness.  It’s a way for people to express themselves, as well as giving carvers, and carers, personal artwork to cherish.

“Patients involved in last year’s project told us how ‘soothing’ they found the experience. The art bag activities bring people into the here and now and promote positivity.”

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“The art bags are also a way of bringing a flavour of some of the activities we offer at the Hospice’s Spring and Starlight Centres out into our community,” continues Hannah Cridford who job shares the Macmillan Creative Therapist role with Annalie. “Hospices are not just here for controlling physical symptoms but are also all about helping patients and carers emotionally and practically, building resilience and helping them to live more positively alongside their illness.

“We hope our innovative art bags will encourage more people to find out about the huge range of creative workshops, courses and activities our wellbeing and therapeutic service has to offer, full details of which can be found in the art bags or on our website.

If you would like to be part of the Hospices’ art bag project, please pick up a bag from The Hospice of St Francis or Peace Hospice receptions or call 01442 869550.

Our beautiful Art Bags logo was designed by Natalie Parkins Design

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