The Recovery Art Project aims to guide, enable and encourage clients accessing the Northumberland Recovery Centre in Blyth to explore visual arts, music and animation. Through creative 'hands on' workshops, visits to cultural venues/events and bespoke 1-1 mentoring programmes led by visual and sound artist Tommy Anderson, participants are given the opportunity to 'have a go' at creating art and supported to pursue interests and opportunities in the arts.
Alan Coulthard tells the story of his decent into drug addiction, the recovery journey that changed his life, and his new passion for art.
The Northumberland Recovery Partnership (NRP)
Is a dedicated service for anyone in Northumberland experiencing problems with drugs and alcohol. We are here to help you get well and stay well. We believe recovery from addiction and substance misuse is possible for everyone, and we’re here to help you achieve it. Our aim is to make recovery a reality in Northumberland – whether you’re dealing with problematic drug or alcohol use or helping support others that are.
Is an experienced arts facilitator and mentor, managing and delivering progressive participatory and educational arts programmes inspired by his practice, and is passionate about providing creative opportunities for people who wouldn’t usually have access to or an interest in the arts. He is also a freelance graphic designer delivering innovative and exciting design, print and new media solutions for public, private and voluntary sector clients.
"Not everyone can be a great artist, but great art can come from anywhere, and I’m passionate about providing creative opportunities for people who wouldn’t usually have access to or an interest in the arts. I work with people of all ages and circumstance to explore a wide range of artistic processes, gaining enjoyment and reward from what they are doing with the aim of sparking a continued interest in the arts."
"As a mentor I have worked with artists and students wanting to develop their practice and learn more about working within participatory arts. I have mentored high risk young people and vulnerable adults to provide help and advice on progression routes, learning new skills, training and employment opportunities within the creative sector. I have also delivered arts facilitation and digital media training to staff from social services, arts organisations, museums and galleries. In a consultancy role I have been employed by organisations including Design Council, Arts Council England and University of Northumbria, to share my experience of the quality, impact and success of participatory arts for everyone involved."
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This project is supported by bait, part of the national Creative People and Places programme. bait is loads of exciting events and activities supporting more people to create and take part in the arts in South East Northumberland.
Arts Council England launched the Creative People and Places fund with the aim of making a lasting change in the way that local communities could create and experience art. It is targeted at the areas of the country where people don't usually take part in the arts.