What is Marsh, Arts & Us?
Marsh, Arts and Us is a 3 year scheme of projects that combines activities in the landscape of the Broads National Park with creative activities to increase the health and well-being of residents in Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft. During each project, participants from Access Community Trust, Herring House Trust and DIAL enjoy trail walking and boat trips around various beautiful locations in the Broads followed by five creative sessions reflecting and responding to these experiences. Creative activities can be as diverse as sculpturing, painting, making music and creative writing. At the end of each project a local presentation showcases and celebrates their work.
Who is it for?
The projects aim to engage people that may be experiencing social, emotional, physical or mental health difficulties. Both spending time in nature and developing creative practises have a powerful and wonderful healing effect on us all and staff from Water, Mills and Marshes and two local community artists (Belona Greenwood and Ian Brownlie) are in a privileged position to offer these experiences to those that can benefit from them the most.
To date 3 projects have been delivered with trips to Carlton Marshes and Oulton Broad and follow-up sessions that included poetry and short story writing, lino-printing and writing music. Feedback has been 100% positive – the only negative has been that the projects couldn’t last longer!
Needless to say, participants are eagerly awaiting the next round of projects!
The projects are funded by Arts Council England, Great Yarmouth Borough Council, Suffolk County Council, Norfolk County Council and the Broads Authority.