Outside In’s 12 Days of Christmas

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Outside In’s 12 Days of Christmas has been an opportunity for us to celebrate some of our wonderful partner organisations. Each day, for the first 12 days of December 2016, we have shared an image depicting a line from the popular Christmas carol. Each image was created by an artist associated with an organisation that we have worked with this year. Some of the images were existing artworks and some have been created especially for our 12 Days of Christmas. We’ve shared the images across our social media platforms – to spread the word about the fantastic organisations and spread a bit of festive cheer too! All of the images are featured below. Enjoy!

On the 1st day of Christmas my true love sent to me
A Partridge in a Pear Tree
by Arlen Branch
of Barrington Farm

1-a-partridge-in-a-pear-tree-arlen-branchBarrington Farm is a unique independent day services centre for adults with learning difficulties based at Walcott on the beautiful North Norfolk coast. The hub of the facilities is a converted barn which houses an art centre, gym and cafe and social centre. It’s all set in 22 acres, with a lake, gardens and a small, rare breeds farm.


On the 2nd day of Christmas my true love sent to me
2 Turtle Doves
by Jerry Abraham
of ActionSpace


ActionSpace supports the development of artists with learning disabilities and creates innovative projects for people with learning disabilities to engage with the visual arts. At their three dedicated art studios at locations across London, artists with learning disabilities attend weekly Studio Projects and receive guidance and mentoring from specialist artist facilitators. This supports them to develop their practices and establish their own unique artistic signatures.


On the 3rd day of Christmas my true love sent to me
3 French Hens (+ a bonus one!)
by Peter Cutts
of Grace Eyre


Grace Eyre is a dynamic person centred charity that has supported people with learning disabilities for over 100 years. Their services focus on delivering a vibrant learning and skills programme, innovative supported living models and housing solutions. They fundraise for projects to promote the independence, confidence and skills base of people with learning disabilities who use their services.


On the 4th day of Christmas my true love sent to me
4 Calling Birds
by Lesley Thompson, Luca Agathogli, Andrew Johnstone and Jennie Franklin
of Venture Arts


Venture Arts is a Manchester based visual arts organisation that works to build the work and careers of learning disabled people and artists in the arts. Four Calling Birds was created in collaboration between four artists. Collaboration is central to the work of Venture Arts and their pioneering visual arts project OutsiderXchanges.


On the 5th day of Christmas my true love sent to me
5 Gold Rings
by Anji Goddard
of Project Ability


Project Ability is a Glasgow-based visual arts organisation with an international reputation for excellence. They create opportunities for people with disabilities and people with mental health issues, aged 5 years to 80 plus, to express themselves and achieve artistic excellence.


On the 6th day of Christmas my true love sent to me
6 Geese a Laying
by Julia Gabriel
of Artspace Brighton


Artspace Brighton are an Arts and Metal Health Charity providing a unique, community-based art studio to adults with experience of mental health issues. The studio encourages it’s members to decide which creative avenues they wish to pursue, with guidance tailored to their individual interests. People join to share a space alongside other artists, to develop new skills and explore their creativity.


On the 7th day of Christmas my true love sent to me
7 Swans a Swimming

by Amber Southern
of Manor Green College


Manor Green College is a dynamic and inspirational West Sussex secondary school for students between the ages of 11-19 who experience a wide range of learning difficulties. The College actively promotes strong personal and community values helping their students to live happy, productive and successful lives.

7 Swans a Swimming was created by Amber who works in a supported studio in the Further Education department, of Manor Green College. She currently has work touring the UK with Tight Modern.


On the 8th day of Christmas my true love sent to me
8 Maids a Milking
by Darren Vaughan
of SIFA Fireside


SIFA Fireside works with homeless and vulnerable adults in Birmingham. They provide immediate help in a crisis – hot food, emergency housing advice, showers, sleeping bags and clothes; and ongoing support – health clinics, welfare rights advice and employment support, to help people achieve a more stable lifestyle and lasting change.

This artwork was created by using small cartons of milk, which are used in their drop-in service every day to provide on average 150 clients with tea and coffee. 150 of the cartons have been used in the piece to represent each client.


On the 9th day of Christmas my true love sent to me
9 Ladies Dancing
by Atom and Wendy
of Pritchard’s Road Day Centre


Pritchard’s Road is a day service for people of working age who have mental health needs. They provide a range of vocational and creative activities with the aim of developing skills and knowledge and promoting recovery to support their members to reach their full potential.


On the 10th day of Christmas my true love sent to me
10 Lords a Leaping

by Maximillian
of Portugal Prints


Portugal Prints is Wandsworth and Westminster Mind’s creative arts project. WW Mind is affiliated to the national mental health charity, Mind. For over 35 years Portugal Prints has been offering a friendly and supportive programme to people with mental health problems; art workshops, therapeutic groups, commercial design/work experience, gallery visits, education, training, and work opportunities. Portugal Prints is based at Arlington House in Camden Town, London.


On the 11th day of Christmas my true love sent to me
11 Pipers Piping
by Gabby J
of Arts Network


Arts Network provides an inspirational and understanding environment for people with mental health support needs. Through creative activities, exhibitions and events they help people to develop new skills, increase self-confidence and develop relationships, allowing them to achieve their personal goals. Arts Network constantly seek to battle stigma and discrimination by presenting their work and practise to medical practitioners, decision makers and the general public.

11 Pipers Piping is by mosaic artist, Gabby J. It depicts a stained glass Kokopelli musician.


On the 12th day of Christmas my true love sent to me
12 Drummers Drumming
by various artists
at Celf o Gwmpas

Celf o Gwmpas creates projects, exhibitions and residencies that open up opportunities for participation, developing artistic practice and supporting social inclusion. 12 Drummers Drumming was a collaborative project created by 5 or 6 of Celf o Gwmpas’ participants.
Merry Christmas from all of us at Outside In!

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