Illustrator Tara Dean shares her practice through experimental art workshops across North Wales. Creating projects where participants explore and discover materials through printmaking and other creative processes.
Finding a SPACE and delivering workshop in schools, care homes, village halls or on a field anywhere where participants can experiment and discover together.
About – Projects and Workshops
As a Freelance Artist my practice revolves around Printmaking and Illustration. Creatively developing workshops, promoting an experience that encourages discovery and exploration.
Community Arts Projects 2020
Workshops with Vale of Clwyd MIND, The Vale of Clwyd Stroke Support Group and The Lost in Art project in Rhyl and Prestatyn. At the beginning of March I worked with residents at Llys y Felin in St Asaph as part of the Celebrating Age Project and with Dolwen Care home residents and Ysgol y Parc students in Denbigh.
Community Art Projects 2019
Age Cymru Phase 3 of the cARTrefu project worked with the Activities Coordinators at Ty Cariad in Abergele to develop activity plans for themselves and carers to deliver based on my practice.
The Carriageworks CIC –Building Creatively workshops introducing printmaking to the Community in Groes, linking surrounding villages.
DVSC ( Denbighshire Voluntary Services ) Dementia Awareness Grant, Gwasg Gee Printing collection at Denbigh Museum with Dolwen Care home residents in Denbigh.
LLAWN 2019 in Llandudno with Helfa Gelf, creating a stencil mural trail inviting participants to take an alternative route around the town.
Completed my final residency with Age Cymru as part of cARTrefu Phase 2 at Walshaw House in Rhyl. This project introduces artists across Wales to elderly people their carers and family. Together we explored creative activities through a twelve week residency.
Vale of Clwyd MIND in Ruthin creating images inspired by the Vale of Clwyd with reference to ‘Our Picturesque Landscape’. I have worked with MIND supported by the Denbighshire Arts Service in Denbigh, Llangollen, Rhyl and Prestatyn. Establishing links after a pilot project in October 2015. ‘Come and Create’ in association with The Carriageworks CIC Gallery in Denbigh.
Theatr Clwyd Mold exhibition in the cARTrefu CUBE a collaborative piece of work combining drawings by residents and my drawings, describing a collage of moments over the two year residencies in homes across North Wales http://www.agecymru.org
Woodland Skills Centre, Bodfari Denbighshire, Deck Chair project, a collaborative project, Colin designed the chairs so that the frames could be constructed and I delivered a screen printing workshop where participants created paper stencils inspired by the surrounding landscape over two days.
Inspired by canal boat painting with The Vale of Clwyd Stroke Support Group in Denbigh supported by Denbighshire Arts Service. I began working with the Stroke association in 2015 with the ‘ Making Our Mark’ project at the Carriageworks in Denbigh. The project delivered a series of workshops where the participants experimented with different mediums producing work that was exhibited in the gallery space.
Explorative art workshops at Hafod y Green a residential Nursing Care Home in Trefnant, Denbighshire. The residents live with different complicated disabilities. Together with the care team we experimented with different mediums and enjoyed the outcomes that printmaking delivers.
Community Projects 2018
Regional Print Centre Wrexham. ’ Drawing with the screen’ we explored the process of screen printing and the possibilities it can create with those new to the process.
cARTrefu Residency 4 Age Cymru, artists across Wales work with residents, their carers and family. Together we explore creative activities, I had the opportunity to work at Bron Haul care home in Rhyl
cARTrefu artists exhibited at the Courtyard Theatre Hereford. Where all twelve artists created work in response to their experiences.
Arts and Friendship at the Carriagworks Denbigh. Working with the villages surrounding Denbigh, the Carriageworks CIC project placed artists into these communities. This project developed from the Arts and Friendship workshops that were initially delivered at The Carriageworks CIC Gallery 2015 – 2019. Working with people in the community who perhaps are feeling lonely and isolated from opportunities. In a relaxed atmosphere we explored different art, craft and design activities supported by Denbighsire Arts Service .
Blind Veterans UK in Llandudno and Helfa Gelf. Workshops with the visitors to the centre. Inspired by the picture ‘ Gassed ‘ by John Singer Sargent we created a piece of work that reflected the shapes of the figures in the painting. The final work combined tile work with printed planks of wood secured by screen printed white material.