This summer, Spike Island and exhibiting artist Veronica Ryan collaborated with the charity OTR on a series of three workshops for young people. Over three sessions, the participants worked with Ryan to create new forms in clay, exploring both its material properties and how making art can improve a person’s wellbeing.
In the first two sessions, the participants had a special tour of the exhibition Along a Spectrum with Veronica Ryan and, taking inspiration from the shapes and methods in her work, began to make their own. In the third session, participants glazed their now dried forms with bright colours ready for them to be fired and returned at a later date.
Many thanks to all at OTR, the participants and Phil Root / Counterslip Clay
Off the Record (OTR) is a mental health social movement by and for young people aged 11-25 in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset. OTR isn’t just a charity providing mental health services, it’s a mental health movement mobilised to support, promote and defend the mental health, rights and social position of young people. OTR provides information and support around wellbeing, including group work, sessions in schools and colleges, sessions in art, sport and nature-based settings, and one-to-one therapeutic support. Find out more at otrbristol.org.uk and @otrbristol