The main project elements and phases include:

The volunteer training programme and mentoring

The training was a bespoke three-part sessional programme developed by the project team.

Two rounds were delivered in July and again in September 2018. The content and approach was evolved from the LAPWING project training, developed for Kent artists in 2016.

The project partners

Volunteer Recruitment

The creative group sessions with older people

Over a 6 or 12 week programme in the Age UK day centre or community centre setting,  the activities encouraged creative participation of the older people to ‘have a go’ and gain technical skills and engage more professionally in artistic making.

Volunteers supported over 100 older people to enjoy a tactile, expressive means accommodating individuals who find holding brushes or pens difficult.

An Artists Collaborative Approach  was asopted to deliver genuine Community Arts,  involving partnership working with a highly skilled photojournalist, fine artist, potter and a therapeutic ceramicist.

Participant Views

Volunteer creative pottery studio practice

Monitoring and evaluation

Latest News

Making 90 and making the most of life

Posted: August 11th, 2020

Kent Arts and Wellbeing

  Every picture speaks a thousand words and this is no exception: Mrs Margot Sawyer, from Herne Bay, was ‘thrilled and gob-smacked” to receive an 8-page, birthday card, lovingly crafted…

Covid-19 Daisy Chain Project: volunteer Network keeping us connected

Posted: May 1st, 2020

Kent Arts and Wellbeing

The award-winning ‘Our Work of Art’ programme with its network of 40+ creative volunteers is set to continue its valuable befriending work.  The volunteers (aged 50-70+) are supporting older, frailer…

Co-production in action

Posted: January 30th, 2020

Kent Arts and Wellbeing

  Our Work of Art project volunteers co-deliver the 2020 new creative volunteer Training. Buzzing with ideas and questions, 12 new creative recruits attended  the Our Work of Art 2020…

Latest Projects

“Our Work of Art 2019-With these hands”

Posted: December 21st, 2018

Kent Arts and Wellbeing

PROJECT EXHIBITION AND SHOWCASING EVENTS 18 – 31st MARCH 2019 (free public access) at Garage Coffee @ Fruitworks 1-2 Jewry Lane, Canterbury CT1 2NR A co-curated two-week, free, public exhibition…


Posted: August 1st, 2018

Kent Arts and Wellbeing

#OurWorkOfArt2018 Our Work of Art is a community art project which is inspiring older people as volunteers and participants in socially engaged creative practice. Espression Arts Community Interest Company (CIC)…

Our Work Of Art – Volunteer Training and Network

Posted: July 23rd, 2018

Kent Arts and Wellbeing

Our Work of Art:  A community art project focused on inspiring older people as volunteers, to then support older frailer people as participants, in socially engaged, group creative practice. The …

Project Partners

Espression Arts CIC with Kent Arts & Wellbeing, and Age UK Canterbury and Age UK Herne Bay and Whitstable.

Project Funders

Canterbury City Council, Arts Council England, Kent Community Foundation, The Big Lottery Fund

Posted On: August 1st, 2018