Bring more colour to your life - Enjoy the Arts in 2024
How the Arts Enhance Our Lives
Sometimes I find it difficult to find the right balance between painting and teaching. But after a Christmas holiday during which I painted every day and had a few creative outings, I feel really inspired to continue sharing my love of creativity with my community.
My first trip was to the Soho Place Theatre in London to see a new musical, The Little Big Things. I had the opportunity to buy a cheap ticket from friend Rebecca Wall of Dramabuds and went with no expectations. However, I was moved by the storytelling and the wonderful performances. It was an emotional and uplifting experience. I was also proud of Rebecca, who had taken ten teenagers to the theatre, many for their first time.
I also arranged a trip with my Monday Budding Artists ladies. We met at the Royal Academy for the Impressionists on Paper exhibition. Afterwards we had a nice tapas meal in the restaurant. It was great to see these ladies out of the class and witness how a real passion for art is developing.
I was also thrilled to see that Hannah and Kieron from the Sound Lounge (a grass roots music venue in Sutton) raised £36,000 almost overnight by crowdfunding so to prevent the venue from closing. It’s really impressive but I am not surprised as they both are so talented, with big hearts, and have brought something special to Sutton. Money for artists is not their primary motivation. It is sharing their passion and that is what makes artists special and that is why we need to support them.
I have not watched it yet but another powerful drama is the ITV drama Mr Bates vs The Post Office. It tells the story of the hundreds of innocent sub-postmasters and post-mistresses who were wrongly accused of theft and wrongful accounting. Thanks to the quality of the drama, the government is finally looking to sort out the compensation.
The benefits of the Arts
Life can be so serious and stressful at times, we need some fun and colour in our lives. Creativity is proven to be good for our well-being. Counsellors
are suggesting their clients go to creative classes to help make them feel
better. In my opinion, art is good for the soul: you use the right side of your brain. It is relaxing, like meditation. Therefore it is great for relieving stress, problem-solving, resilience, self-expression, confidence and self-belief. Creative classes are also such a great way to socialise, meet new people, learn and have fun in a relaxed environment. They can also be powerful and thought-provoking, too.
The Arts are very underfunded and putting on exhibitions and shows takes a lot of hard work and costs, so your support is much appreciated. Please take some time out to enjoy and support the Arts this year. I am sure you will find it most rewarding. A great day out would be to visit some art galleries, have lunch in Greek Street and watch a performance of The Little Big Things. Let me know if you do it.