Charity Mencap visits Creative and Therapeutic Arts Exhibition: SEE-SAW


The charity Mencap recently visited the University’s Caerleon Campus to see the stunning work of year 3 students on the BA (Hons) Creative and Therapeutic Arts degree.

The Graduate Exhibition SEE: SAW which is open until the 29th May showcases the work of 13 students due to graduate from the art pathway.

The Mencap Centre Chepstow is one of a number of placement partnerships that the BA (Hons) Creative and Therapeutic Arts course has devised; to broaden the student experience and provide the opportunity to work therapeutically with a wide range of groups for the well-being of others. Mencap works with a diverse range of people with physical and learning difficulties from the ages of 18 to 80 years old.

The group of eight which included three support workers, came to view all of the students work but also of Stephanie Adams, who participated in a 16 week placement at the charity earlier in the year as part of her course. Stephanie met up with the group who she previously worked with at Mencap and was delighted to provide a personal tour of the exhibition, together with placement officer Rhiannon Kemp.

Sam Driscoll a Support Worker at Mencap said about Stephanie’s placement “Stephanie settled in well and almost immediately became one of the family as she quickly made friends and developed strong working relationships. She adapted her therapeutic art classes well to suit everyone, whatever their individual needs.

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Sam added “We have noticed an improvement in the groups of people Stephanie worked with whilst on her placement. Their communication skills have developed and how they interact with new people and their confidence has grown too, as they are more accepting to do things differently than what they are used to in their day to day routines.”

Placement officer Rhiannon Kemp said “It was such a pleasure to be able to see one of our Placement Settings take time out to come and visit the University and look at the work our students create. It shows how much a student on this course can make a difference to peoples’ lives whilst on Placement – so much so that the clients want to come back to learn more about us! It is a great testament to the calibre of our students and of the teaching on this degree course.”

Find out more about studying Creative and Therapeutic Arts at the University of South Wales

Find out more about the SEE-SAW Graduate Exhibition which runs until the 29 May 2014

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