A unique learning day for young families from St Basils in Kidderminster

April 2017


The Learning programme welcomes visitor of all ages - a recent visit by young people from St Basils introduced us to our youngest visitors to date!

Jackson aged 4 months and Aliciah -  just 6 weeks old -  had their first taste of the countryside last month. Their parents live in the St Basils Foyer in Kidderminster and never normally have the opportunity to step away from town life for the day. The babies were very happy and their parents managed them and their new surroundings brilliantly.

Together with other young people they took part in a farm walk and worked with clay – learning how to throw a pot and making beautiful mementos of their day – and worked with St Basil’s staff and artists on a large scale spray paint work.

One young person remarked how – never having had this kind of creative experience before that she didn’t think she was going to like the day – but she did - and said how much she wanted to return again soon. One of the parents had time away from her baby to work to try some spray painting. She had already done a short photography course and had some drawing experience and so really engaged with the materials and large scale of the piece with huge enthusiasm and energy. She commented afterwards on how she had forgotten about her preoccupation with the baby for a while and really lost herself in creating something. ( Baby was in the safe hands of St Basils and SNT staff!).

The visit was funded by The Ernest Cook Trust and is part of our ongoing work with young people supported by St Basils. Our tutor for the day was potter, Tony Hall and the workshop was assisted by artist Jackie Morris. 

Supported By

Arts Council England