On The Sense Awards

Alex McEwan receives the 2015 Creativity Award at Sense National Awards Ceremony.
Alex McEwan receives the 2015 Creativity Award at Sense National Awards Ceremony. Pictured with hosts Julie Peasgood and John Crabtree, Chair of Trustees.

Celebrating Creativity in 2015

Thank you to everyone at Sense who helped make the annual Sense Awards such a special and inspiring day, back in early December 2015. A beautiful venue, Kings  Place, played host to so many people dedicated to this excellent charity. I was in awe of the achievements of fellow nominees across all categories, many going to extraordinary lengths for a cause they are passionate about.

I was thrilled to receive the Creativity Award for a series of multi sensory textile projects and it sits in pride of place in my studio.

But you can not be creative in a vacuum, collaboration is key so this award is not really mine, it belongs to a whole host of people… who I didn’t get to mention on the day so I am crediting them now, because credit is very much due!

Glass Star Award
Glass Star Award

All the amazing Sense Makers I have met on the  textile projects so far. Including the Tactile Histories Makers, The Material Memories Makers and the Quit Tales One & Two Makers, who have gone the extra mile, given their patience, energy and trust to ideas that pushed them out with their comfort zone and who have shared their life stories and creative flair so willingly.

It belongs to the various funding bodies who have made these projects possible, you know who you are and I hope you know what a difference you are making!

It also belongs to our generous host venues, especially The Islington Museum and The V&A Museum of Childhood for giving us such willing access to your museums treasures.

Our textile projects and ‘off the wall’ creative flights of fancy would be simply left grounded and stranded on the drawing board without our community minded volunteers who give that most precious of resources, their time. Thank you all.

And it belongs to the Sense Arts & Wellbeing Team, past and present,  who have given invaluable support, confidence and belief for every stage of every project with boundless energy and passionate verve. It is a privilege to work alongside such committed professionals.

Here’s to an even more inspiring 2016!

Alex McEwan

Author: Alex McEwan

Alex is an artist who specialises in inclusive and accessible community arts projects, such as Sense's TEXTtile and Quilt Tales.

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