This blog is about the good things we come across in the day to day life at Well Kneaded: pizza is a near-constant, laughter, culture, hope, community, the WK team, friends, other food traders and/restaurants all come into it too. This week, we want to tell you about some friends who are running a project called Bezalel Workshops:
"BEZALEL IS A COLLECTIVE OF ARTISTS IN ALL DISCIPLINES, CHAMPIONING AND ENABLING FELLOWSHIP AND EXCELLENCE IN CREATIVE CULTURE."
Bezalel Workshops was an idea sparked by a drawing class the Bezalel community held about a year ago through the initiative At The Table. The workshop was entitled ‘Do You See What I See’, inspired by John Berger’s ‘Ways of Seeing’. In the workshop, guests were taught to approach an object mindful of contours, light, shades and detail, instead of looking at the way they thought it ‘should’ appear or had drawn before. Guests learnt to rely on their own unique perspective of the object, focusing on details that particularly interested them. It was clear that each person had their own unique angle and take on what they were seeing, therefore each drawing was celebrated and necessary in order to capture the object in its entirety.
Running Bezalel Workshops are Becky, Christy and Dom, each of whom are artists and entrepreneurs. It is clear that one of their primary aims with the Workshops is to use creative expression to bring people together and to start a dialogue. To encourage people to set aside time to be with others, learn a new skill and do something fun and a bit different! They launched the project with a Kickstarter to help raise initial funding to rent a space, buy materials and pay the artists they work with.
Their hope with the programme, which includes drawing, weaving, flower arranging, calligraphy, cooking and photography, is to enable artisans and makers to share their skills with the people that want to learn from them. The team hope to make the classes as accessible as possible, by keeping the ticket prices low. However, they are also set on paying their workshop leaders well, in order to place proper value on the skills and talents they contribute.
Another of their core ideals is that the profit from their programme goes towards work with local charities. From each ticket sold, the team puts aside money which covers the cost of materials used for separate workshops run with the aim of helping people living with poverty, or in difficult situations.
The team's vision to encourage practical skill sharing, as well as their community focus is something we (Well Kneaded) LOVE! If you're interested in attending one of their workshops or want to find out more about Bezalel, check out their website: www.bezalel.org.uk