QP Creative, our weekly art group, is proving popular as a relaxed space for people of all abilities and ages to explore their talents and make friends.
It's held on Mondays from 7 to 9pm in the large hall at Camphill and is for any creative discipline, including drawing, painting, sculpture, photography and mixed media,
Fifteen to 20 people have been attending each week and the group will be contributing to the Creative Christmas art and music event in the Camphill sanctuary on 7/8 December.
Several artists in the congregation, including church officer Alan Loach, had been keen to set up a regular informal opportunity for creativity to be nurtured at QP, and the group started up in the summer.
Alan, who sets up the hall each week and provides art books and other resources, said: "It's a space for people to be creative. There's no pressure here and none of the distractions there can be at home."
Multi-disciplinary artist Kenny Stewart also sees QP Creative as a way for artistic ability to be used in the church. He said: "We want to try to find out where the creative talent is across all age ranges. We already have a wealth of talent coming along. Now, for example, if a member of the leadership team comes up with an idea, the talent in this group can produce an end product."
Kenny, assisted by Alan, has already done just that by creating the large S-H-I-N-E letters that feature in the Camphill sanctuary for this year's QP vision theme.
The letters were modelled by Kenny on a computer first, then formed from the light durable material used to make property 'For Sale' signs. Kenny confided that the H, I, N and E took three days to make, but the 'S' was particularly tricky and required two days of work.
Karen McAllister, who graduated recently from Glasgow School of Art as a product designer, is a big fan of QP Creative.
Karen, above, said: "This is just what I wanted. I was looking for things to do locally. It's phenomenal, one of the best I have been to. It's great to have people with varied talents, everyone doing their thing, having a chat."
A number of knitters come along also. They have been making clothes for premature babies in Africa and trauma teddies that police officers give to youngsters caught up in distressing situations.
Ray Bayne came along to QP Creative and did colouring in initially. She said: "Then someone suggested I try knitting which is not something I did particularly. We encourage each other."
Gillian Crossley and her mother Jenny make quilts. She said: "We love it. I call it my 'mental health night'."
Jenny added: "It's nice that it is people doing different things."
Ian Turbitt, below, another Glasgow School of Art graduate, explained that QP Creative has allowed him to re-engage with his creativity.
He said: "It has revived things for me. I have shaky hands now so I started with collages and got my confidence back to do painting. It's a real Godsend."
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