In Summer 2016 Hampshire Cultural Trust, in partnership with Basingstoke Young Carers, and supported by funding from both the Four Lanes Trust and NADFAS, delivered a project for a group of Young Carers aged 8-11. The project introduced the Young Carers to the life and work of landscape artist Capability Brown, to mark 300 years since his birth. Young Carers gained new knowledge, artistic skills and improved their creativity by taking part in a number of artist-led workshops and trips.
The project started with two clay landscape pot workshops led by potter and clay artist Lucy Burley. The Young Carers were taught how to create a pot; cutting the clay, structuring the pot, decorating it using various tools and finally applying colour to the pots in order to complete the landscape scenes. The pots went on display in the Willis Museum’s community gallery in Basingstoke. The project continued with a day of artistic inspiration led by artist Rob Luckins. The Young Carers spent the day sketching, drawing and gathering information at a Capability Brown exhibition at the Willis Museum and Broadlands (a local Capability Brown site). All of the drawings and inspiration that the Young Carers gathered were to help them create clay landscape tiles at a later workshop with Lucy.
A celebration event at Basing House helped to bring the project to an end. The event was a chance for sponsors, family and friends to hear about what the Young Carers had done during the project, and to see the wonderful work they had produced. It was fantastic to give the Young Carers the chance to visit new places and have new experiences, and for them to benefit from some respite and to have a positive experience for themselves.
The project was also featured on the main Capability Brown website.