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Summer 2022 Workshops with young members of Children Heard and Seen

Artists Sarah Moncrieff and David Rudge ran a series of summer workshops with members of the charity Children Heard and Seen, a charity supporting young people with a parent in prison. Youngsters got the chance to work on pastel flowers, watercolour mosaics, creating cartoon characters, design their own pencil cases and be free and messy with paint. The results were outstanding and we were delighted to receive enthusiastic appreciation and praise for our work from the children and staff at Children Heard and Seen.  

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Summer 2022 Workshop with youngsters supported by Be Free Young Carers

Artist David Rudge ran a graffiti workshop with young members of Be Free Young Carers, a charity supporting youngsters who have a caring responsibility. Some incredible creative talent was evident and the youngsters enjoyed the chance to learn how to use spray paints.  

Ukrainian families workshop, August 2022

Artist Maggie Hollings ran an art workshop for Ukrainian families as part of Chipping Norton charity, The Branch’s welcome and support package for Ukrainian families.  The workshop enabled families to come together, meet, have fun, be creative and offer each other support.  Maggie’s workshop catered for a varied age group and all ages were able to join in and spend time being creative.    

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Workshops with Chipping Norton charity, The Branch, youth and mental health well-being groups.

Artists Sarah Moncrieff and Maggie Hollings are offering ongoing workshops to some of the groups supported by The Branch. This local charity aims to break cycles of poverty, isolation, violence & disadvantage through nurture, training, connection and opportunity.  

October 2021 to date: Oxford Asylum Welcome

Time for Art ran its first workshop of 2021 with young members of Oxford Asylum Welcome. Oxford Asylum Welcome is a charity that offers support to unaccompanied children of different nationalities who are seeking asylum in the UK and escaping traumatic situations in their home countries.

The art workshops give them a chance to learn new skills and explore their creative sides.

The workshops now run on a monthly basis and to date, the youngsters have enjoyed a graffiti workshop, a lively and fun filled portrait drawing workshop and a session exploring the use of pastels.

Time spent together enjoying these creative activities is an important opportunity for these youngsters to make and nurture links with other young asylum seekers.

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October 2021: Be Free Young Carers

During October half term artist Sarah Moncrieff offered a workshop to members of Be Free Young Carers, a charity in Oxfordshire that supports young people who care for a relative, giving them respite from caring duties. 

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Children Heard and Seen

During the summer of 2019, Sarah Moncrieff led art workshops with a group of children referred from Children Heard and Seen, a charity which supports children with a parent in prison.

Each year it is estimated that 312,000 children are impacted by parental imprisonment.  Children Heard and Seen works alongside children, young people and their families and strives to support their needs, listen to their concerns, and have their views heard and reflected in policy.

Time for Art workshops ran over the period of 2 weeks, and the children had the opportunity to work on watercolour mosaics, palette knife landscape paintings, portraits and experiment with materials such as pastel and acrylic paints.

The work produced by the children went on exhibition at Cornerstone Arts Centre in Didcot, Oxfordshire in October 2019.

Onesimus, Ethiopia


The Onesimus Children Development Association (OCDA) is an non-governmental organization, established in 2006 by Nega Meaza, who is now the Director of the NGO. OCDA seeks to rescue Ethiopian's children at risk, ensuring they remain in or return to a loving family. It provides holistic programs that meet their physical, emotional, developmental, and spiritual needs. 


Sarah visited Onesimus in March 2019 and delivered a week of art workshops to a group of 12 boys. Read her report here OnesimusreportApril2019

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Bullingdon Prison


“Inside spaces” 2019

Sarah led a group of HMP Bullingdon prisoners to produce artwork focusing on their environment.  The project enabled the men to consider and articulate their views on their surroundings and represent them in their artwork. The resulting works went on exhibition in May 2019 as part of the Oxfordshire Artweeks festival and then at Cornerstone Arts Centre in Didcot in October 2019. The project allowed the prisoners time to get absorbed in a creative project with a clear end result that they were proud of.

Empire des Enfants, Dakar, Senegal


The history of street children in Senegal is a highly complex one.  Many come to the city believing they will be educated at one of the city’s Koranic schools only to find they are put on the streets to beg.  Some children remain on the street and live by begging.  Empire des Enfants cares for some of these children and works to reunite them with their families.  Until that time, the children are resident at Empire, a purpose built home.  Sarah has visited on numerous occasions and spent up to 4 weeks there delivering art workshops for the children.

She has devised and run projects on collage, painting, rag rug making for which she provides all the necessary materials.

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