Men's Shed art project for Bideford

North Devon Gazette

The Burton at Bideford art gallery & museum is working together with Red Earth Developments on a new Men’s Shed art initiative. Â

Red Earth are currently developing the new Brunswick Wharf site on the East-The-Water side of the old Bideford bridge. Five new design studios will be built alongside the apartments, retail units, restaurant and café. The project will also provide a brand new landscaped public square and riverside walk.      Â

Red Earth’s Simon Friend said: “It has always been central to the project's ethos that the regeneration of this site involves all aspects of community engagement. We have already worked alongside The Burton regarding the commissioning of art for Brunswick Wharf and we are particularly pleased to be supporting this new venture.  Â

“Both the Men’s Shed initiative and the Women First Art Club reach those in our communities who are most vulnerable. People who are isolated, often on the margins and in need of support.”  Â

Men’s Sheds are a UK-wide association that offers community spaces for men to connect, converse and create. The activities aim to help reduce loneliness and isolation, whilst creating a communal and enjoyable environment. Â

The new Men's Shed initiative will run alongside the current ‘Women First Art Club’, run in collaboration with the Women First project. A partnership between Encompass Southwest, NDADA and Mind who support women who are rough sleeping, sofa surfing, or living in temporary or insecure accommodation.Â

“The sessions that have been run by Burton@Bideford and supported by Red Earth have been fantastic for our clients, who are often marginalised by the community for the trauma that have or are currently living. To be included in such high-quality workshops and given resources to take away with them at the end of each session has really helped them feel empowered and included”. -  Emma IDVA Women first projectÂ

Ian Danby, Director of the Burton, added: “We have been delighted by the number of applications and the extremely high standard of project proposals received. The Burton would also like to thank Red Earth for their support with the wider transformative projects with local community groups.” Â