The Citizens Learning team deliver a year-round creative residency at the Elder Street project, a respite shelter for women experiencing homelessness based in Govan. The residency includes creative writing, drama, songwriting, art and upcycling.
Since the first session in February 2019 the weekly workshops have thrived, with enthusiasm from both the residents and staff. The staff have embraced the project by taking part and encouraging the women to develop their creativity during the sessions. The group have produced incredible pieces of writing, poetry, art and print work, songs and upcycled clothing and jewellery.
We created a window art installation during the winter months and enjoyed switching on the lights, illuminating each individually decorated, stain glass window effect across the building.
Their first performance at the centre took place in June 2019. The event was attended by members of the local community, Women’s support services and MP Alison Thewliss.
The women are also invited to Citizens Theatre productions. They have attended several shows over the past year including The Dark Carnival, Nora: A Doll’s House and Pinocchio.