Dear Sarah, I would like to thank you for your excellent workshop at this year’s Beeline Festival. As you know, the festival celebrates storytelling in all of its forms, aiming to engage children in creating stories and the pleasure of sharing them. I can think of few better examples of this at this year’s festival than your fantastic workshop ‘A little book of nature’ which engaged both children and parents alike. It is a very well designed format which has the right balance of story making and artwork. The little books created during the workshop were delightful and it was a pleasure to see parents so engrosed in creative play with their children (and vice versa). I was also extremely pleased with the ‘low tech’ environmentally friendly approach of using recycled materials. Much of the chatter I over-heard on the day was the realisation by the parents that so many fabulous art materials (packaging) were simply disgarded.
On behalf of The University of Worcester and The Beeline Festival, thank you so much and we look forward to working with you again in the near future.
Steve Boffy, Arts Advisor & Beeline Festival Manager, University of Worcester
“It is a pleasure to work with Sarah. She is very professional in her approach to the workshops she does here at New Brewery Arts and she brings such fun, creativity and life to the studio when she is teaching. The children learn a wide range of skills and produce fantastic work in only two hours!”
Holly Burton, Participation and Exhibitions Officer, New Brewery Arts Centre, Cirencester
Quotes below are taken from the arts brochure from the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust/ Arts in Health Porfolio. I was the lead artist who designed all the murals and ceiling tiles for the new paediatric arts and health unit, based on the theme of My World.
“The artwork has given the work areas a sense of tranquillity, improving the environment for staff and patients alike. It’s great to see patients and their carers gazing at the pictures, providing welcome distraction from their ailments. The art work in the children’s section has particularly provoked positive comments from parents who really appreciate the efforts we have gone to to keep the children as relaxed as possible”.Jane Mckiernan Emergency Services, UECC Project Lead The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust.
“The art work provides benefit to both patients and their relatives at what often can be a worrying and distressing time. The art work provides not only a calming environment but distraction and fun to the children who attend the Urgent and Emergency Care Centre” Lorraine Gardener, Emergency Services, UECC Assistant Project Manager. The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust
“Parents have commented saying how lovely it is, they say its inviting, children of all ages have engaged with the artwork in some way. They like the panels on the ceiling also. One parent said it gave them something to do whilst we were carrying out procedures, they could help more by talking about the panels while we carried on. Almost every patient or parent comments positively on the art work” Sister Blackburn, Paediatric Sister, Emergency Department. The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust
Thanks Sarah for coming into our Care Home last week. Several of our residents who came to your workshop are living with Dementia so find it difficult to concentrate for any length of time. Also our residential ladies enjoyed choosing from the dozens of different colourful ribbons to make there own woven piece of textiles. Each person had a lovely keepsake to take with them. This was a lovely workshop which our residents really loved.
Jill – Activities Coordinator, Latimer Court, Worcester
Sarah Millin was lead visual artist on a series of arts and reminiscence workshops with older people in six care homes across the Wychavon district. The workshops ran for 5 weeks each for 2hrs. This project was in partnership with Wychavon District Council and Museums Worcestershire. The aim was to increase the well being of the residents in the care homes through using art and reminiscence. Sarah applied herself well to the sometimes challenging environments of care homes. Even when things changed or weren’t quite what expected Sarah always had a smile and rose to the challenge, creating solutions to problems. She interacted with the residents with dignity and respect and worked well with them on a one to one basis and as a group. The creative element to the project was well thought out and she adapted it to the capabilities of the many varying people involved. The creative ideas were innovative and the results were amazing. She also on this project contributed to the evaluation that was done
Jenny Davis, Arts Officer, Wychavon District Council, Worcestershire.
‘Sarah Millin was asked to run a children’s workshop based on codes, relating to Sir Edward Elgar’s love of creating coded messages to his friends and family and in his music. Sarah’s careful planning and commitment to the brief enabled her to create a wonderful activity which focused on children creating an alphabet code using artistic patterns. Throughout the day she engaged with several children and families, providing new symbol innovations and assistance where needed. The day was thoroughly enjoyed by all families, who left several compliments regarding the workshop. We thank Sarah for all her help and work in creating such a thoroughly enjoyable and well planned family event.’
Alexandra Chatwood, Administration Assistant, The Elgar Birthplace Museum
“Birmingham Conservation Trust commissioned Sarah to devise and facilitate three workshops in three primary schools, using the Newman Brothers collection of coffin furniture, along with the manufacturing processes and themes of our Victorian factory, to inspire three collaborative class artworks. These are now on display in our factory heritage attraction in the Jewellery Quarter. Sarah rose to the challenge of our interesting brief and her careful planning and preparation was key to the success of the work. The children were engaged throughout the session which saw them making coffin handles, designing dies and thinking about funerals and a celebration of life. We look forward to working with Sarah again in the future.”
Suzanne Carter, Development Officer, Birmingham Conservation Trust.
Sarah was successfully awarded a commission in 2013 by The Infirmary (University of Worcester) in a joint project arts and reminiscence initiative working with Age UK Herefordshire and Worcestershire. This involved working with ourselves and Age UK in the planning of a twelve week programme aimed at the specific needs of our participant group. Sarah produced an excellent programme through working in liaison with the participants and made the group feel extremely comfortable and welcome, as well as introducing individuals to a range of new skills through an imaginative programme using a mixture of accessible techniques. In addition to leading all sessions in a supportive and enabling way Sarah was extremely helpful in encouraging recruitment undertaking effective evaluation and in supporting in delivering of an exhibition of participants work. Sarah has subsequently been commissioned to undertake further work in producing a regional resource on How to make a Memory book and a schools resource for making memory books within the classroom. Sarah’s professionalism was excellent as were her communication skills with this Age Group.
Carol Bowsher, Learning and Access Officer, The Infirmary
“All our visitors had a great time making jewellery with Sarah. There was a wonderful
array of materials to re-use, which really demonstrated how easy it can be to turn waste into something lovely. Sarah was brilliant at helping everyone to make something they were proud of, and we’re looking forward to welcoming her back to the M&S Company Archive in the summer.”
Caroline Burt, Education and Outreach Officer, M&S Company Archive
“Sarah provided some inspirational materials for the Year 3 workshop based on Egyptian Art. The results were great and the children were proud of their achievements, wanting to take things home straight away!’
Margaret Yarnold, Art Coordinator, RGS The Grange, Worcester
“The Oxford Waste Partnership was keen to find expert tutors to run the reuse workshops during the European Week for Waste Reduction. Sarah came highly recommended and delivered a high quality session. Everyone went away with the knowledge and motivation to make more beautiful things. Feedback from the workshop was very positive and we would not hesitate to use Sarah again for future projects”.
Eiles Robinson, Household waste reduction officer, Oxfordshire County Council
“The jewellery workshop was a great success for Greyfriars, I had so many comments from visitors saying how much they had enjoyed their visit. Sarah managed to work with both children and adults alike to produce some beautiful pieces made out of household material – one young lady made about eight pieces of jewellery! We look forward to having Sarah back for our next workshop.”
Rachael Trimm, Visitors Services Manager, National Trust, Greyfriars, Worcester
“Sarah inspired the pupils with the possibilities and then supported them in their own imaginative journey of creating. The workshop was exciting and allowed everyone to work with their own ideas and gain confidence to realise them. I liked the way that all abilities could find their own way of working with the materials and discover things along the way. It was an enriching experience for all pupils and staff”.
Jo Dixon, Art Teacher, Rye St Anthony School. Oxford
” Thank you Sarah for a creative, magical day. Who knew that bottle top caterpillars could be used as bath toys, counting aids, colour, in story sacks and so much more. You have inspired us to get junk modelling!!”
Sarah White, Blossom Vale Children’s Centre, Pershore