The Joy of Stitch

This Arts and Humanities-funded Symposium is organised by Dr Fiona Hackney.

Date: 11 March 2014

Beyond the Toolkit: Understanding & Evaluating Crafts Praxis for Health and Wellbeing

This Arts and Humanities-funded Symposium organised by Dr Fiona Hackney, Associate Professor Design Cultures & Community Engagement in collaboration with Arts for Health Cornwall, explores the benefits of creative making for health and well-being. Whereas evaluation tends to rely on ‘toolkit’ models, ‘Beyond the Toolkit’ focuses on the experiential affects of crafts practice, taking us beyond standard models of impact assessment. 

Sarah Newton, MP for Truro and Falmouth and Vice Chair of the All-Parliamentary Group on Social Care, will open the Symposium, which includes keynote lectures given by Monika Auch and Clive Parkinson; papers by Jayne Howard & Sarah Desmarais, Alison Gilchrist, Betsan Corkhill, Dr Anni Raw; and practitioner workshops led by  Sarah Corbett, Mah Rana, Shane Waltener ,  Jacqueline Atkinson and Deirdre Buckley. An exhibition of work by community groups in a range of arts for health settings accompanies the event.

The event took place on the 19th and 20th of February 2014 
at Falmouth University.

The Joy of Stitch is part of the ongoing practice-based research project It’s Nice to Make

Image credit: Stitch work by Mah Rana

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Website: Beyond the Toolkit