Ambassador assistant Beth Hopkins tells us how a recent trip to Bristol with Hannah Whitlock, artist development co-ordinator, proved to be an inspiring experience.
Recently Hannah and I travelled to Bristol to meet new artists and train new ambassadors. After a great couple of days I’m prouder than ever to be part of Outside In.
It was my first time helping to run an Artist Support Day and it was a fantastic experience. We were based at M-Shed, part of Bristol Museum. Artists booked a one-to-one slot with us for an hour to create or update their profile on the Outside In website. Hannah and I took pictures of the work which we then uploaded onto the Outside In website, so the artists could have their own gallery online to share with others.
I met some amazing artists and it was a real privilege to see their work close up. Among them was Hassan Sheikh who shared how drawings help his wellbeing: “My mental well being inspires me, I just want to take away my mind and sometimes I want to focus on something that interests me.
We also met Lotte Lane who paints abstracts which explore emotions and the human condition. She said: “My artwork enables me to express myself without using words, it is easier for me to talk through paint than anything else.”
The next day we trained new Outside In ambassadors. It was a lively session, with lots of discussion and some roleplay to test out conversations you may have as ambassador.
Ambassadors are key advocates for Outside In, their lived experience and understanding of the charity make them powerful spokespeople. Ambassadors help spread the word about Outside In, engaging people with the work and aims of the charity. If you would like to become an ambassador, email firstname.lastname@example.org