Thank you to West Yorkshire Print Workshop for hosting our Spring EvoKe Network Meeting.
After updates from Rob Vincent (EvoKe’s Chair) about EvoKe’s work, we heard from Nat Walton about plans for Woven Festival, EvoKe is partnering with Woven on the delivery of Woven projects and events for children and young people.
Clare Grace, a textile printmaker and Joint Chair of WYPW, took us on a fascinating tour of the West Yorkshire Print Workshop and we heard about all its work and especially the work they do with children and young people. It is an amazing place full of interesting things to see, touch and smell! Everyone had lots of question and thank you to WYPW for hosting. The tour was followed by refreshments and networking, which is an extremely valuable space to make new connections, develop relationships and discuss potential collaborations.
The final section of the EvoKe Network Meeting focused on arts and mental health and emotional wellbeing. We heard from Kirstie Wilson from Kirklees Libraries Service and Susan Burns from Chol about a project they collaborated on called Shelf Help. The project brought young people together to explore issues connected to mental health and emotional wellbeing by working with artists in workshops to explore novels that have been chosen to help young people with difficult feelings and experiences that can affect their wellbeing. This led into a break out group discussions on this subject with the intention of sharing knowledge relevant to Kirklees and raising issues for consideration by EvoKe, who is recruiting partners to work together on developing an arts and mental health and emotional wellbeing offer for children and young people in Kirklees.