A Safe Space, re-imagined

Kasper de Graaf, 18 May 2020

Safe Space is a seven-week series of art workshops for older people, designed by 2NQ as part of our People and Heritage programme. Originally intended to take place in the Art Hut in Finsbury Park, it has been completely redesigned as a virtual tour of the park that works equally well during lockdown and after ‘normality’ returns.

The workshops are suitable for anyone interested in learning art skills, and they are dementia-friendly.

Contact Katy here if you or a loved one would like to get involved – we have a few places left. The deadline for getting in touch is Wednesday 20 May!

The participants - up to 16 per workshop - each receive a box through the post containing an action-packed spiral-bound A3 workbook and a wealth of other goodies including a disposable camera, potting seeds, teabags and biscuits.

The workshops are weekly one-and-a-half hour sessions delivered online via Zoom, with guided tutorials from 2NQ's Katy Hawkins and Simon Poulter, and we will also be joined by interesting guests such as Julie Melrose from Bruce Castle Museum, and Nicola Baird and Kimi Gill from Islington Faces.

For people who do not have internet access we have options for telephone support, and it is also possible to simply follow the guidelines in the book.

The online sessions are scheduled to run from 26 May to 7 July.

We will post updates about progress on this blog. If you are interested in this and similar projects in Finsbury Park or in your own area, we would also be pleased to hear from you.