Opening Event Saturday, 25th March 6-8pm. Exhibition is open 27th March –2nd June
Kingshill House Creative Centre is pleased to present an exhibition co-curated by Georgie White Winter and Stroud-based artist Ruth Batham entitled Play and Compassion which showcases a selection of artists who responded to an Open Call.
For this exhibition, we were interested in exploring the importance of Play and Compassion in creative practices and the experimentation that comes with a playful process or constructing under a compassionate outlook. We announced an Open Call for submissions to respond to the title and we are very pleased with the response. Announcement of the artists included in the show will happen in the lead up to the opening of the show. Play is a vital tool in helping both children and adults with social and emotional development, such as building relationships, managing emotions, and learning to empathise.
Research shows that compassionate people are generally happier and have higher levels of well-being, something we all strive for. Kingshill House Creative Centre believes that play and creativity is for everyone and there should be no barriers to creativity.
Sage Residential is officially supporting the exhibition and helping to celebrate artistic talent and hard work whilst encouraging more people to engage with creativity.
Kingshill House is passionate to champion and share art, craft, health, and wellbeing with the community. The philosophy is that art and craft is for everyone, and Kingshill House is a safe space where anyone can come, be creative, enjoy themselves, relax and take their minds off things.
A fun and creative activity sheet will be produced to coincide with this exhibition. This will be available at the House to complete whilst viewing the exhibition and free to take home.
All works are available for sale and the revenue from the sale of the works helps keep the charity going. Kingshill House will donate 10 per cent of sales during the exhibition period to Play Gloucestershire who provide active and creative play in urban and rural communities in the Cheltenham, Cotswold, Forest of Dean, Gloucester, Stroud and Tewkesbury districts. Activities are both school and community based, providing adventure, friendship and fun for hundreds of young people each year.
School aged children and their families are the main beneficiaries of Play Gloucestershire’s work and they particularly support children from disadvantaged and rurally isolated communities and those living in challenging circumstances.