Moving Into Autumn

The Noticing Nature project was initially planned to take place during Spring and Summer 2021, as Artist James Aldridge worked outside with isolated older people across Wiltshire. As we head into the Autumn, sessions have continued and wi the partial lifting of Covid restrictions, larger gatherings have become possible outdoors, alongside some small group indoorContinue reading “Moving Into Autumn”

Drawing and Wellbeing

A gentleman I was working with in Trowbridge last week made a comment that really stayed with me. He was talking about the need to slow down and notice, and the role of the arts within that – something that is very close to my own heart. I’ve paraphrased him a little but this isContinue reading “Drawing and Wellbeing”

The Shape of the Project

The majority of Noticing Nature participants have three sessions, one a week for three weeks. In the first session it’s very much about meeting and getting to know each other. I’m very aware that for some people having a stranger (me) come to meet, talk and make with them in their gardens is a newContinue reading “The Shape of the Project”

Making Connections

This week I’ve been travelling around the north of the county, getting to know parts of Royal Wootton Basset, Chippenham and the villages in between. Although the project is about reaching out to older people who may be feeling isolated due to Covid and associated lockdowns, it is also about them showing me around theirContinue reading “Making Connections”

All the Little Details

As I travel around from town to town, garden to garden, its lovely to be able to share in people’s pride for their little plot of land. We sit outside and talk about how our week has been, about the weather and the birds that we hear singing or which visit the bird tables. TheContinue reading “All the Little Details”

Making a Start Together

It’s been brilliant to get started on the Noticing Nature project sessions, after launching the project with the online resource pack and film a couple of weeks ago. Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been working with four different participants in the north-west of the county, two men and two women. Together we’ve beenContinue reading “Making a Start Together”