When she’s not busy delivering sessions in creative mindfulness and creative writing here at Evolution Arts, writer, artist and experienced arts educator Wendy Ann Greenhalgh is being ‘Drawn to the Page’ in art galleries across the South East.
Drawn to the Page is a creative partnership between New Writing South, De La Warr Pavilion, Jerwood Gallery and Towner Art Gallery and Wendy Ann Greenhalgh. The project, which is funded for 2 years by Arts Council England, allows literature and the visual arts to collide in the form of a series of monthly writing workshops in the three partnering galleries.
Each session begins with a ‘first look’ where participants can wander around the gallery at their leisure, under the guidance of Wendy Ann. This ‘first look’ gives participants the chance to enjoy, explore and examine the exhibitions whilst jotting down their own responses to the art.
As one regular to Drawn To The Page writer, Helen, shared, one of the things she values about these sessions is that chance to develop her own responses to the works on display, even though she doesn’t feel she knows much about art in any official way.
Afterwards writers are invited to share their thoughts about the art in a group discussion. The second part of the session takes the form of a creative writing workshop facilitated by Wendy Ann who has worked on previous creative writing and arts projects with the galleries and who is part of the Creative Learning Team at New Writing South. As well as creative writing exercises, writers have the chance to read out their work and, following the session, are invited to publish it on the Drawn to the Page Blog. Some writers have had their first ever publication this way. Anyone who does publish is offered free membership of NWS too!
Drawn To The Page writer Marian says:
“My favourite thing about these sessions, is that it makes me take time to examine, enjoy and study art work I might not have looked at. It has helped my development as a writer, because it has affirmed what I find easy but coerced me to write with a more challenging, different technique. I have developed a piece based on a portrait I studied at the Jerwood gallery, which I hope to evolve and which was published on the Drawn To The Page blog. I probably would not have visited the Jerwood and Towner galleries without this incentive.”
With three art galleries to choose from, writers can enjoy a different exhibition, new artists and a variety of mediums on a regular basis, from painting and drawing to photography and installation art – there’s something for all artistic tastes and, what’s more, no prior art knowledge is needed. And with a new selection of creative writing exercises each month, you’ll never write the same thing twice.
The next session is at the Melanie Manchot exhibition at Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne on Saturday April 23rd 2-5pm. Details on the exhibition here (it opens on the 16th):
The half-day workshops are open to all writers – whatever your level of experience and cost £30 – which includes entrance to all exhibitions. Or attend 2 or more sessions in a season with a discount of £25 per ticket – to take advantage of this click here.
You can listen in on a session and discover what it’s like by listening to Drawn to the Page’s appearance on the Radio 4 Open Book programme.
You can book on to Wendy Ann’s next creative writing session at Evolution Arts ‘Myths and Fairy Tales’, by clicking here.
Evolution Arts has an exciting selection of other writing and art courses and workshops coming up soon including: Watercolour Painting, Successful Short Stories, Painting with Acrylics, Collage & Mixed Media, Drawing Stories, Abstract Photography and Collective Writing.Book your place on a course