Creativity shines on Girdlestone Estate
Every week on an estate in Archway a group of Islington residents meet for an art class to test their creativity and meet new people.
The class, run by artist Marta Corada, is just one of the activities provided by Islington Council to help more residents get involved in arts. It also helps to reduce isolation, boost self-confidence and strengthen communities.
Julie, who has been going to the class since it started last year, says: “I love it. These classes get me out of my house and I’ve made some great friends.
“I couldn’t draw or paint very well before I joined the group, but now I have a lot of work that I’m really proud of, including sculptures made from felt!”
Another participant said: “My husband passed away over two years ago – this class and the friends I have made here have really made a difference.
“We do lots of things together, for example, the class recently went on a trip to Southend together.”
A man who attends with his wife said: “We’ve always enjoyed arts and crafts, so when we heard of this group we thought why not come along and give it ago.”