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Getting Creative in The Art Room at Selfridges

28th May 2015

The Art Room
The Art Room
The Art Room
The Art Room
The Art Room

A tiny hub of creativity on Oxford Street

On Saturday I attended a workshop run by the The Art Room and held in Selfridges. The Art Room is a national charity which offers art as a therapeutic intervention to children and young people. Its patrons include Kate Middleton and Grayson Perry.

The aim of the charity is to build self-esteem and confidence, particularly to those facing challenges in their lives. Each Art Room is designed as a safe place where children and young people can relax, talk and be creative. This valuable practise helps them to re-engage with education and avoid exclusion.

At the Selfridges workshop I was given the opportunity to select an everyday object – clock, apron, bag, mirror, canvas etc – and customise it using any of the paints or items on offer. This methodology is to introduce children to a sense of empowerment through transforming objects, and through this change exploring the possibility of changing themselves.

I was extremely timid in my selection and chose one of the small canvases. I’d love to start oil painting again, and so I thought this might break the ice. I must also apologise for simply copying a Matisse, my former university fine art tutor would be shaking his head at the plagiarism!

I had a wonderful morning, chatting to the art room practitioners while listening to Beethoven. It was a really relaxing experience, and it made me think of the art classes I loved in school. Nowadays we’re all so busy, and I personally can’t recall the last time I painted for two hours, without the distraction of technology. I emerged from Selfridges feeling calm and energised, what a lovely way to spend a morning.

The Art Room
The Art Room
The Art Room
The Art Room

As part of the Selfridges Work It series The Art Room asked 90 leading artists, architects, designers and fashion icons to customise a chair to be displayed in the main atrium. All the chairs will be auctioned next month with proceeds going directly to The Art Room. My favourite chair was the one by Lulu Guinness complete with strawberry milkshake.

The Art Room

A huge thank you to The Art Room for welcoming me. If you’d like to get creative in Selfridges there are only a few places left so don’t delay!

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12 Comments

  • Reply Emyii Rankin 28th May 2015 at 11:38 pm

    Omg this place is like heaven =]

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    • Reply Candy Pop 1st June 2015 at 2:23 pm

      Thank you, it certainly was!

  • Reply Ingrid Orens 29th May 2015 at 6:27 am

    Now that is a wonderful initiative from the Art Room (and Selfridges, to participate) !

  • Reply Heather @ my little red suitcase 29th May 2015 at 7:21 am

    A nice moment to be creative, I didn't know it was there. I hope this summer I will manage to get some water-colours out and have a go, just flowers or something! X

    • Reply Candy Pop 1st June 2015 at 2:27 pm

      Thanks Heather. An afternoon in a field with some flowers and water colours sounds good to me.

  • Reply http://evaettorocoro.com/ 29th May 2015 at 7:21 am

    I would like been creative in Selfridges ! It's one of my favourite's shop. Have a nice weekend 🙂

  • Reply Vintage Sheet Addict 29th May 2015 at 3:17 pm

    Brilliant, I worked in craft sessions with women experiencing extreme challenges in their lives. The combination of craft, community and creativity really helped these women accomplish so much 🙂 xxx

    • Reply Candy Pop 1st June 2015 at 2:29 pm

      Thank you. That sounds like a wonderful and rewarding job.

  • Reply KatGotTheCream 31st May 2015 at 8:50 am

    I love the canvas you created! Xx

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