Monday, 26 November 2012

A Creative Mentoring Day Out - Hepworth Gallery and Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Last week I took a day off work to go and visit the Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park with the other participants in the Design Factory Mentoring Scheme. This time had been planned in from the start of the programme for us all to get a day out together, meet up with the other mentor-mentee partnerships and share what we had been getting up and what we had achieved during our time working together.

 As well as the chance to share information with other creative people the day out also gave us the chance to step away from our practice and take in the many inspiring sights of the day. I came away feeling full of new ideas and definitely think the combination of visual stimuli, new surroundings, fantastic hepworth sculptures, creative chatter, time spent with my mentor sharing new ideas and talking about how we are going to spend the last few hours of our allotted time, certainly left me feeling refreshed and positive about my future work.

Here are just a few of the photos I took of the day out. Having never been to The Hepworth Gallery before I just loved sketching the shapes and forms of the sculptures, looking at her amazing collection of hospital sketches, reading about Hepworth and her life, and taking inspiration from a woman who lived her creative life to the full. It is obvious her work still provides inspiration anf enjoyment to visitors to the Gallery and Yorkshire Sculpture park alike.

All in all, a great day, just proving that it's good to take a bit of time away from the studio every now and again, mixing with other creative people, sharing knowledge, opinions and ideas. It is definitely something I'd love to do again.

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