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Community Art Project

Manor Mead, Shepperton

Namaste: A Journey of Love, Respect, and Unity


We are delighted, once again, to collaborate with Manor Mead School on a captivating community art project in 2023. This exhibition, titled ‘Namaste,’ explores the theme of positive energy and light, drawing inspiration from the beauty of self-expression. Isabel Gomes, an esteemed educational textile artist, will guide, lead and inspire the pupils throughout their artistic journey.

Having moved to London in 1990, Isabel’s passion for fashion design and textiles led her to pursue further education and training at Cavendish College and Central Saint Martin’s. With a focus on sustainability, she has exhibited her works at renowned venues such as the Craft Study Centre in Farnham and the Riverside Barn in Walton.

Working together with the teachers, volunteers and pupils aged between 8 and 11, each with their unique abilities and disabilities, Isabel will embark on a creative journey that celebrates their voices and fosters well-being. This transformative eight-week project will enable the students to share their experiences and emotions through the power of art. Working with a variety of artistic mediums, each pupil will create small individual pieces to finally be assembled into a grand embroidered and hand painted artwork. The aim is to stimulate the senses, inspire their imagination, and nurture a sense of personal growth, ultimately encouraging a sense of overall well-being.

Aligned with sustainability principles, Isabel will utilise scrap fabrics in this artistic process. These repurposed materials, combined with embroidery, will create a captivating tapestry of art and resilience.

At the core of this project lies the concept of Namaste - an ancient word that embodies love, respect, and unity. The pupils will come together to craft a vibrant patchwork of flowers, symbolising the essence of Namaste and representing the interconnectedness of all things.

The final outcome will be a merging of ideas formulated by the children and artist working together through an engaging and enjoyable process to create a final art installation to be on show to the public in the Gallery space. We invite you to join us in celebrating the extraordinary achievements of these young artists.

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