Skimstone Arts is a supportive, structured, creative, collaborative environment in which I have thrived for the past seven years. Here I have experienced through participating and developing skills over a broad range of artistic projects.
I built new friendships with other YAC members who share similar interests to me. I find I am always learning something new when I reflect upon what has happened in a Skimstone session.
I have a battle with a mental health condition called ‘Bi-polar disorder’ for which I have had to have spells in and out of hospital. This has not been easy for me but Skimstone is always there as a support to return to, where as other things in life move on and can leave you behind with nothing. The level of help I have had from Skimstone has allowed me to make full recoveries and restore my health.
Now I have been out of hospital for four years and my psychiatrist has decided to take me off medication as a result. This I believe is largely down to my time spent at Skimstone Arts.
Skimstone is so valuable to me as it gives me structure and application, whilst allowing freedom of expression. I feel that what I contribute is valued and not criticised negatively. Yet I feel challenged in my recent role in the leadership team. I have roles and responsibilities to fulfil and these duties are transferable to the world of work – in which I am currently training to be a classroom assistant.
To be a member of a band made from Skimstone Arts is excellent. I finally had a chance to apply my compositional skills in a productive fashion whereby our songs have been performed and recorded. This is a life long goal of mine to pursue my music more seriously – Skimstone Arts allows this to happen.
Reality Boots / Juice Festival
Louder Than Words / Juice Festival
A Natural Anthem
November Film Project
L.I.E (Limitations Imitations Emulations)
Bronze Advisor Assistant Training