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C100 supports Sculpture Workshop

29 April 2014

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The Sculpture Workshop CIC in Wadebridge received £1,899 funding from the Cornwall Community Foundation’s business arm towards fees for delivering a series of workshops and to purchase an IT system. Cornwall 100 Club members Nicola Markham, Sales Director of Acorn Blue, and George Carlton-Smith from Carlton Smith Private Wealth visited the workshop and presented the cheque to Richard Austin on 23 April 2014.

C100 member George Carlton-Smith said “It is great to be able to support The Sculpture Workshop CIC. Richard Austin is clearly passionate about sculpture which really comes through in the way he runs the sessions. I was amazed that he has helped people from age 4 to over 100 get to grips with issues that are effecting their lives. The sculpting process allows attendees to use their creative side and gives them a chance to take a break from their other worries. Our grant will help the Sculpture Workshop bring their IT up to date as they look to expand their services and help more people. The future sounds exciting with Richard aiming to make the Sculpture Workshop self-funding and not so reliant on grants, which is fantastic.”

Nicola Markham said “It was a pleasure to present the cheque to Richard at the Sculpture Workshop, to gain an insight into the valuable work undertaken and to have an opportunity to see some of the many sculptures created.”

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The Sculpture Workshop CIC enables people to be creative and engages in creativity through the use of sculpture, with the aim of increasing participants’ self-esteem and sense of worth and enable them to move towards future community involvement and to obtain future training or employment.

The funding enables The Sculpture Workshop CIC to deliver unique creative workshops to people who have never been sculpturally creative before and enable them to unlock their own talent. With this project they will target those hard to reach, such as young parents, carers, those suffering bullying or social isolation. The workshops have been developed over several years to a point where anyone of any age, cultural or academic background can participate, engage and benefit from this activity. 95% of the people attending their workshops are from some of the poorest areas of Cornwall, they often have low self-esteem and are lacking in aspirations.

Richard Austin from the Sculpture Workshop CIC said “Thanks to the Cornwall 100 Club funding I can now deliver some inspirational, imaginative and beneficial creative workshops around Cornwall".

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