In March and April 2019 Confidance led Creative Movement sessions for 2-4 year olds and their parents. Sessions were held in the Learning Lab with integrated visits to the galleries where children investigated objects from the Collection that were used to inspire movement and promote engagement.

Feedback indicated how beneficial the sessions had been. One parent said they: really enjoyed the sessions. We go to a number of groups and I have never come across any groups like this before. I wish there were more sessions as would love to do something like this regularly. Participants enjoyed learning about the Collection during the visits to the galleries: I didn’t observe all the things as closely, and I like the way they became part of the session. Plus, children’s confidence improved: I can see that my child is much more confident in leading the ‘copy’ dance activity. They also seem more confident in speaking in a group

During June and July 2019, professional musician Joe Browne and music facilitator Helen Hendry led music sessions for 2-4 year olds and their parents/carers. Participants were invited to join in on an adventurous musical exploration of The Beaney. During the interactive sessions, participants, parents and carers were invited to create musical stories together inspired by the museum’s Collection and to experiment with different musical instruments to make new, exciting sounds. They experimented with many different musical instruments: drums, xylophones, maracas, tambourines, claves, bells, rain stick, thunder sticks, guiro, guitar and violin.

Participant feedback highlighted how positive these sessions made them feel: Felt really good, happy and energised, relaxed. One parent commented on how they enjoyed being in the museum setting: ‘Wandering around the museum, playing a variety of instruments and exploring the instruments.

The next Health and Wellbeing project will be Art in Museums and that will start in December 2019.

Please contact frances.chiverton@canterbury.org.uk if you would like more information.

We have a number of artist commissions that are linked to Health and Wellbeing projects, you will find these listed on our Artist Opportunities page here:  http://canterburymuseums.co.uk/participate/artist-opportunities/