Arts on Wheels has received funding from Greater Manchester Combined Authority is initiate a free postal outreach project, Collaged Citizens, in response to the Covid-19 crisis
Collaged Citizens is a continuously expanding online gallery in which participants are invited to submit self portrait collages for public sharing. Please play the film to view the portraits.
Participants come from a variety of backgrounds such as residential care homes, community groups and hostels. This includes BoroughCare in Stockport, Manchester Deaf Centre Wellbeing group, Riverside Housing project, Allingham House to name but a few. The idea behind the project is to creatively connect with people who are often socially disadvantaged and have experienced a range of issues that increase social isolation,even before the current crisis took hold.
Through engaging in a public art project it is hoped that isolated populations can gain more visibility and also showcase their creative talents.
"Here at Silverdale our ladies benefited greatly from working on this art project, at the time we were all isolating in our rooms for safety reasons and the distraction that this brought was second to none. The one to one time that we spent and also the time spent choosing different colours and textures provided stimulation in a relaxing and fun way. The ladies are very proud of the art work that they produced, lifting their self esteem."
Lindsay Hadfield , Activities Coordinator at Silverdale Care Home,Stockport
A special thanks to Paul Crudington ,Lindsay Hadfield, Pedro Martin and Cath Meighan who have been committed advocates to the project within their work places
Please contact Arts on Wheels by phone or email to find out more information on how to participate, there is no cost to take part.
This project and the development of Arts on Wheels is also kindly supported by Arts Council England.
Other Covid-19 commisions funded by G.M.C.A. can be viewed at