Since October a group from Mary Seacole House in Toxteth have been involved in a project with National Museums Liverpool, which included behind the scenes tours, curatorial talks and learning sessions.
The group made several visits to the International Slavery Museum over a number of weeks. Inspired by their trips the participants worked with artist, Carol Sorhaindo and staff from Mary Seacole House and the museum to bring their ideas to life. They selected objects or artifacts, which inspired them as a stimulus for their artwork.
The final piece, called Travellers Palm, was created using mainly recycled and natural materials. It was important to the group that the piece be bright, uplifting and different, especially as it was being displayed in the Legacy section of the museum.
The resulting artwork was unveiled last week at a packed launch event and is well worth a look!
The project was funded by Liverpool PCT for the 2010 Year of Health and Wellbeing. The aim of the project was to see how engaging with museums and galleries can enhance the state of a person’s mental health.