Teaching new artistic skills
Encouraging creative entrepreneurship
The Mentorship Programme will match survivors of sexual and domestic abuse with professional artists, resulting in beautiful handmade products. In three half day sessions, running over three weeks, our participants will work one-on-one with professional artists to learn a new creative skill. The first programme will focus on learning to hand embroider, resulting in the creation of three original patches that will be made into batches and sold by Uncovered Artistry.
Not only will the Mentorship Programme teach participants new creative skills, we also hope to create a space in which they can feel validated, empowered and included. Survivors of abuse often struggle with the emotional and mental effects of abuse long after the abuse itself. Studies have found that channelling their energy into creativity helps survivors gain self-worth and promotes mental wellbeing.
The Mentorship Programme will also encourage and support the small artisan businesses of abuse survivors. Our participant will be paid up-front for each design and receive 10% of all profits. The remaining profit will go directly back into future projects and programmes. This income, along with the time spent in an alternative working environment, has the potential to help survivors to find independence. In cases of sexual and domestic abuse, this can be particularly important.
Survivors will gain confidence and a sense of validation by improving their craft and selling their work.
Supporting the Local Community
The Mentorship Programme will be hosted by the independent, local organisation Wild and Kind Studio. Wild and Kind Studio are a Community Interest Company and part of the Glasgow Collective, who are located beside the Barras Market. They encourage and celebrate creativity in those identifying as female – see what they’re up to here. Wild and Kind Studio will also make up our participant's patch prototypes into larger batches that will be sold by Uncovered Artistry.
In this way, any patch bought on the Uncovered Artistry shop will have been designed by a survivor of sexual or domestic abuse; guided by a professional local artist; and created by an independent arts organisation in Glasgow’s East End.
Become a Mentee
The Mentorship Programme consists of three half day sessions, running over three weeks. You will work one-on-one with a professional artist to learn a new creative skill. The first programme will focus on learning to hand embroider, resulting in the creation of three original patches, which will be made into batches and sold by Uncovered Artistry. You will be paid up-front for each design and receive 10% of all profits. The Mentorship Programme will be hosted at Wild and Kind Studios in Glasgow.
Applications for the Mentorship Programme are not yet open. Keep an eye on our website and social media to find out when it will launch!