Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK

Friday 1st June we went to InPractice at RA, an event where creative people facing barriers accessing the art world share their practice with others.

We were honoured to be one of the first groups to inaugurate the brand new Clore Learning Centre in the new refurbished building of RA.  

The artists presentation were very inspiring, it gives us hope to keep going wherever struggle we are facing in life, they give us such amazing example of positivity, it is a bliss to be with them and share our experiences. 

It was a very busy evening with many people interested to make dolls while we were listening to the artist’s talks. Toria, Sarah, Nicola, Juliet, Nora, Dina, Keith, Janny, Silvia, Sylvie, Juliette, Elys, Barbara, Maria, Tom, Eliz came, we made 16 dolls, 3 of them I finished off at home and most of them I sewed the legs.  

Some comments:

‘Making a body full and firm, then locating the heart, made me think of all the dreams we have that make us what we are. Brilliant.’

‘I shall miss my doll. I feel we could have been very good friends.’

‘I loved making my joyful dream-doll. Thank you.’ 

‘It might be like the doll of the story ‘Vasilisa the Beautiful’, the doll that helps in all sorrows, and it works.’

I love to receive people in the group, they arrive at different times, they are at different moments of the process with different needs, I take care of every doll so they don’t get lost, and when it becomes a bit calmer I take some photos and sometimes I remember to ask them to write down their comments about their experience… I love that buzz!

Thank you Molly for organising this amazing event, it is such a privilege to join the group, thank you.

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