This week, we would like to introduce you to Hayley O’Gara, an artist who has been volunteering with our Saturday visual arts classes since the start of the year. Like our other volunteers, Hayley has been an invaluable addition to the team.
“It has been a pleasure to volunteer within the surroundings of such an intimate and supportive environment, created by the fantastic staff and participants of Project Ability. This is a place for users of the ‘Create’ group to express themselves freely without dealing with any outside pressures, they are simply there to be expressive, to learn and to engage. It has been a pleasure for me personally to be allowed back to a moment where such an environment exists.
This has been a warm welcome back into the creative world of making for the purpose of self-fulfillment and expression, rather than for briefs and strict deadlines. After acting in the role of support assistant for a variety of charities during this passed year, my time with the create group has cemented my passion and focus to hopefully obtain a career within the supportive arts sector. I find it deeply rewarding helping others express themselves via the means of art when spoken words do not suffice.
I am very much looking forward to the results of my suggested pinhole photography workshop which Project Ability have kindly allowed me to run, it will be fantastic to engage with the young participants within a process that I am very much passionate about.”
Thank you Hayley!