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August Art Project

It goes without saying that COVID - 19 has had a dramatic impact on everyone of us. This is especially true in regard to the physical and emotional isolation we have all experienced, not to mention all the plans and lives that have been permanently been changed since the pandemic began.  As we get used to restrictions easing across the England, we at St. Benedict's hospice would like to embark on a simple project to promote connection and creativity to symbolise the importance of the physical and emotional links we all have with each other, and we would like your help!

Throughout August we are asking hospice users, friends, relatives, staff and the online community to participate in an art project, colouring a simple figure. You can colour this in any way, with pen, pencil paint or whatever you happen to have to hand. You can draw a person, or something which symbolises you, something abstract or something totally random, whatever comes into your head! The main thing is that it is made by you and so shows your uniqueness and therefore, your importance. You can see a completed one for inspiration by clicking here.

These figures will be shown around the hospice to decorate the environment and symbolically represent people within our building. As the collection of figures grows they will visually demonstrate both our individuality and our connection to one another and as you participate in this project you will demonstrate your connection to us and our work.

Please download and print any of the figure outlines onto card or paper before decorating and returning to us at: 

C/o Michael Lee, St. Benedict's Hospice, St. Benedict's Way, Ryhope, Sunderland. SR2 0NY

Alternatively, you can photograph your drawing and email it to: stft.stbenedictsart@nhs.net  (please try to fill the whole photo with your drawing)

We look forward to seeing your wonderful creations!

The idea for these figures came from looking at the work of artists Henri Matisse and Niki de Saint Phalle. Matisse painted 'The Dance' in 1909, a large oil painting depicting a group of bright red figures dancing in a ring, their hands connected, their bodies bending and stretching as they skip round in a circle. Using four simple colours Matisse focussed on the shapes of the dancers' bodies and returned to this theme several times throughout his life. Niki de Saint Phalle is well known for her large sculptures of 'Nanas'. These brightly coloured figures which leap and dance, exude joy and freedom and celebrate individuality.

Download the pictures to decorate by clicking on the links below:

Figures 1

Figures 2

Figures 3