New Arts North run regular art and design workshops with Amaze (Cumbria's Early Intervention into Psychosis Service) and their service-users. Sessions involve an informal exploration of drawing, painting, film, animation, photography and more. They are designed to be participant-directed and therefore confidence-building, motivating and therapeutic.
Up-date May 2012
The Whitehaven Amazing Art group completed their third professional commission - flags for the Regional Youth Olympics. Emma Martin, of Active Cumbria, who commissioned the work described them as 'gorgeous' and said that 'they would definately set off the event as part of the opening ceremony'. It took 3 solid days of pattern creation, and fabric cutting and pinning. This was followed by a day or so of sewing and flag assembly.
Up-date January 2012
Before Christmas, Whitehaven Amazing Art group spent 11 sessions working on their second animation film, Gamazin King. All the footage has been gathered together, including background 'Charlie and Lola'-style imagery and stopframe photography with clay models. The job now, is to begin to edit the material and work on a soundtrack.
Up-date December 2011
The Carlisle and Whitehaven groups have compiled and designed a magazine, a compendium of all their best work. The pages of the magazine are also being exhibited at Carlisle library. Below are a few examples. To see more, visit our gallery pages.
Up-date October 2011
The murals are complete! In fact they have been installed in the Rowanwood Ward of the Carleton Clinic, Carlisle. Congratulations to the gang who meet each week in Whitehaven on the Amazing Art project. The income from the commission will secure future workshops and equipment.
Up-date 6 April 2011
The Whitehaven group have are about to commence work on a professional commission for the Carlton Clinic in Carlisle. Here are the working designs. The finished murals will cover two entire walls of the recreation room of a psychiatric ward.
Up-date 5 April 2011
The Whitehaven group are exploring print, using photography, canvas, acrylics, and screen-printing on ready-made clothing.
Up-date 1 December 2010!
The Whitehaven group invited friends and family and anyone who had helped on the project to a screening of their film 'Betty's Cure' at the Rosehill Theatre, Whitehaven. The evening was great success and signified the culmination of 6 months of hardwork and committment by the participants and support staff. Click on the picture to watch the film!
Up-date 3 September 2010!
The Carlisle group have completed their first block of workshops, which finished with a celebratory exhibition, tea and cakes at the Sands Centre in Carlisle. The group will continue to meet through the Autumn at the Carlisle Fire Station Community Room.
Up-date 2 September!
The Whitehaven Amaze group have now purchased their film equipment. They are working towards a short action adventure film which will be screened in the late Autumn. This process is currently introducing the group to set-making, puppetry and script-writing. Ali McCaw from Changeling Productions has been invited to assist with story development, model-making and puppetry. Click on the following links for press stories about this project!:
Up-date 21 April 2010!
The Whitehaven Amaze group are now looking at aspects of film and photography as a new avenue of exploration.The group have completed a flag commission for Whitehaven Carnival, the funds from which will be used to purchase film equipment.
Top and bottom photograph by Carl Sowerby