Hastings Contemporary is committed to supporting those working on the front line during these challenging times. Our organisation believes that art is a tool that can be used to create pockets of joy and calm for people who are experiencing anxiety and distress.
We know that many children may be experiencing high levels of anxiety at the moment, especially if their parents or carers work for the NHS or for any of the other essential services which are currently operating under unprecedented pressure.
Over the coming weeks, we will be releasing a series of digital resources which parents can use to try and give their children a moment of calm. We will suggest mindfulness and self-regulation techniques and pair them with an arts activity that anybody can do. And we mean anybody. All you will need is a mark making tool (a pencil, a pen, a felt tip) and something to work on (a piece of paper, a post it note, the back of an envelop or even the inside of a cereal packet). Anything that you’ve got, will work beautifully.
The activities will be simple and can be pitched at children of all ages. Adults might also find them useful as a way of connecting with their children as they negotiate stressful and ever changing shift patterns, showing them that it is possible to achieve a sense of calm even when they are faced which great challenges.
If you find any of the activities tricky, then we will also be posting examples of how to take part on our social media platforms so that you have a model to work from.
Hastings Contemporary encourages its valued audiences to promote these resources as widely as possible so that they can reach as many children and young people as they can.
Hastings Contemporary will support artists and practitioners in the town who are developing arts and wellbeing tools for their communities. So many artists have made the gallery their creative home, and we will ensure that it remains that way. Our goal is to show people that art can energise, inspire and sustain people even as they face harsh challenges.