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Sharing Heritage: Learning-disabled people from Rowan celebrate grant award from Heritage Lottery Fund.

Sharing Heritage: Learning-disabled people from Rowan celebrate grant award from Heritage Lottery Fund We are delighted to announce that Rowan has been awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), Sharing Heritage grant. Our project will focus on the heritage of the River Cam in Cambridge. A group of our learning-disabled students will explore the history of the river, learning about its rich heritage with other members of the community. This is the first heritage project students at Rowan have ever taken part in and the first project where we are involving so many members of the local community in our work at
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Tablet fun

Tablet fun Rowan’s learning-disabled students are very pleased to be using some new equipment this week. Donated by Irwin Mitchell Solicitors, these new tablets are transforming the way we work in the studio.   Our first task has been to ensure every student has had a chance to use them and we have all been learning how to take photographs and navigating our way round all the different things available. We have made a film  – which is probably not ready for YouTube yet! – and have been downloading a number of drawing apps for students to use in their work. The
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Exploring the process of artist led learning

Exploring the process of artist led learning Since Christmas, Sheila Ceccarelli from Access Art has been working with us at Rowan to document the way we teach and learn at Rowan. All our tutors at Rowan are artists who bring a wealth of experience and creativity to Rowan enabling learning-disabled people to create a wide and diverse range of art works in our 5 studios.   Sheila spent time in the ceramics studio with Deputy Manager Abi Moore and ceramics tutor Sarah Nibbs, photographing and talking to students, volunteers and staff exploring our artist-led approach exploring the process of one
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Running for Rowan

Running for Rowan On Sunday 28 February Becca Adams will be running the Cambridge Half Marathon, raising funds for Rowan. Becca is one of our amazing supporters who has known Rowan for a number of years. Currently she supports a student who attends Rowan once a week. Originally training as artist, Becca enables the student to get to and from Rowan, supporting them in the studio to produce some fantastic art work. Her dedication, positivity and determination has had a real impact, not only on this one particular student, but also on a number of others who are in the same studio. The
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Profile of a volunteer

Profile of a volunteer Since retiring 12 months ago I have been volunteering at Rowan two days a week, which is a nice routine without being too restrictive on the rest of my time.  I work mainly in the woodwork studio alongside other members of staff producing commissioned work and other items for sale, which involves preparing the major pieces for finishing by the students. Having had a career working in an office, it is great to get my hands dirty (literally) in the machine shop where I get to use all the big, professional machines (big boy’s “toy”).  Wood is such a tactile material and
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‘Stuff of Life’ exhibition at Stapleford Granary

‘Stuff of Life’ exhibition at Stapleford Granary On Saturday 14 and  Sunday 15 November, Stapleford Granary hosted an extraordinary exhibition organised by White House Arts. This free event allowed people the opportunity to purchase a work of art for just £45. During the last few months, over 250 amateur and professional artists had been creating new works on canvases, each measuring 12 x 16 inches. The artworks were displayed anonymously and all funds raised from this exhibition were shared between two charities, Rowan and Practical Action. Over the two days, and even in the pouring rain, hundreds of visitors came to see the exhibition,
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Alfred Wallis Inspiration – ART MAKES YOU POWERFUL

Alfred Wallis Inspiration – ART MAKES YOU POWERFUL In the final blog post for the exhibition ART MAKES YOU POWERFUL, Rowan student Francis explores how the work of Alfred Wallis has inspired him to develop his art practice. Lydia from the Cambridge News came and met with Francis at Rowan – you can read her article here.  I first got into Alfred Wallis when I was doing my GCSE’s, and also from my holidays when I went to Cornwall and saw plenty of his paintings. I just like his simple style. It’s kid-like and it’s also like a diary because
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Tracy’s Lamp – ART MAKES YOU POWERFUL

Dripping Clocks I’m inspired by Salvador Dali’s art because its all higgledy-piggledy and that’s what I like about it! I looked at a picture on the Internet, it’s the way the clocks were dripping and I thought that would be something different to do. The lamp base is a snooker table leg and the bottom is Ash wood, and two recycled lampshades. We made the lampshade with four pieces of silk and put different dyes on them and wrapped them around the lampshade and made three stars to put on the lampshade, we used one of the sewing machines to
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ART MAKES YOU POWERFUL exhibition at Rowan

ART MAKES YOU POWERFUL exhibition at Rowan Presenting work in a variety of media, ART MAKES YOU POWERFUL highlights the transforming power of the visual arts. This exhibition, created by our students, explores how art has the power to develop confidence, self-esteem and wellbeing. All of the works in this exhibition are the students’ own personal projects. Our student’s benefit from the transformative power of the visual arts and this can be life-changing. Research shows a wide range of benefits for those who make art and these include the improvement of language, developmental progression, physical and emotional development, the ability
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Film About Rowan

Film About Rowan Here’s the new film made by students from the Film and Television course at Cambridge Regional College’s Red Chair Productions. This film aims to provide an insight into Rowan’s work and promote the value of the arts. We’ll have more information here about the making of the film soon.
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