What matters to you matters to me was a commission for Arts Derbyshire’s Cultural Prescription program, that brought about partnerships between the culture, health and wellbeing sectors and the social prescribing agenda. The commissions main objective was to support Derbyshire’s Link Workers in their work with vulnerable members of society. Practical and discursive sessions, held fortnightly over 6 months, led to the co-designing of a series of works which enabled Link Workers and their clients space to create and make informed choices.
Delivered remotely due to Covid and the disparate working areas of the Link Workers. I began by creating and posting out editioned artworks for use in Zoom sessions. These mail art interventions took Still Life painting and the Social Prescribing strap line – what matters to you, as starting points. The sessions included the use of these artworks to initiate conversation, for example a labelled hankie became a space for focusing on objects and their meanings.
The works we produced created resources and methodologies that inform both Art Derbyshire’s strategic ambitions and impact the delivery of Social Prescribing regionally and nationally. They include: a publication titled Joyful Interruptions, in an edition of 4000, featuring photographs and texts produced by workers and clients and an invitation to consider moments of joy. And a Manifesto, in an edition of 2000, which outlines the Link Worker role, skills and needs.
Funded by Derbyshire County Council
via Arts Derbyshire