Inspire art enabled our citizens here at Cerebral Palsy Midlands to feel inspired and empowered by discovering and obtaining new skills in all kinds of art. What ever a clients ability we here at CPM are able to provide the necessary support without comprimising the artist and their talent or creativity. From card making, creating improvised music, movement and dance workshops, painting and and sculpting, we really do try our hands at everything here at our community centre.
The Art Project is a more bespoke and sohisticated group of artists here at Cerebral Palsy Midlands. The group was set up to encourage our client’s creativity and imagination through the creation of various art pieces. These range from paintings, sketches, 3D sculptures and many more. The group is led by Wendy Ann Titmus, a staff member we are lucky to have in our service that studied 'Fine Arts' at 'Birmingham City University,' 'Margaret Street School of Art', and gained her Master of Arts with a Distinction. Wendy has both the knowledge of working in care to understand how to adapt the practice of art to give confidence to our developing artists. She encourages clients to express themselves, through art, in whichever way they wish. Anyone in the centre is welcome to come and join.
The group get creative in the art studio a couple of times a week on Tuesday's and Thursday's.
Please take some time to look at our current artists and their individuals works and our incredible Royal Collection below that is presently exhibited in the main hall of our CPM centre.
Meet the artists
Our Royal Collection
A major big thank you to Darren and Steven that spent many hours with Wendy displaying the artwork and then they both displayed the interior for the CPM jubilee celebration.
'Past to Present'
Nathan Tamangi in collaboration with Wendy Ann Titmus (2002)
Acrylic, liquid acrylic on canvas, vintage jewellery, photography paper.
Large format (5ft x 4ft).
This work entitled 'Past to Present', organically evolved through a period of months. What began as a drawing experiment aided by the use of technology gradually developed into a large format painting. The work primarily aimed to be a contemporary representation of the iconic imagery taken from the Queen's coronation on 6th February 1952, yet intricately evolved into the hear and now. The conceptual properties aim to explore time and space during the reign of Queen Elizabeth.
'United' CPM Collaboration (2022) Acrylic and liquid acrylic on canvas.
'United', is a group collaboration that encouraged the participation of all members of the CPM Community. The foundation of the painting is constructed by the multiple finger prints and hand prints of individuals that chose to participate. The conceptual properties aim to celebrate the meaning of inclusion and we at CPM unite to become one.
Throughout the Reign of Queen Elizabeth II, one can identify the positive social change that has occurred for people with disabilities. All Health and Social Care fields such as CPM are structured on British values and our mission is to combat inequalities by means of promoting inclusion, diversity, respect and dignity.
'Drawing a line' Kerrie Taylor and Nathan Tamangi (2022) Ink, liquid, acrylic, fabric paint on fabric
We are not always conscious of our actions and the choices that we make, until we begin to analyse what has been created. The simplicity of colour and the fluidity of numerous line drawings gracefully interlink to form an intimate connection. Kerrie and Nathan's contemporary approach to drawing organically developed to depict a depth of conceptual properties relating to the present world crisis.
Repetitive lines form connection between countries that are represented through the use of colour as a means to define how the UK aim to be a support mechanism so that those confronting devastation will not stand alone.
'In a different light' Anthony Lunney in collaboration with Wendy Ann Titmus, (2022) Acrylic and watercolour on canvas
The work entitled 'In a different light', was inspired by the iconic photograph of Her Majesty, the Queen entitled 'The lightness of being', by Chris Levine (2007).
Through his life Anthony Lunney has persisted to form an intimate link with The Queen and Royalty, which has generated into an archive of correspondence. Click here to see Anthony Lunney's Royal Connections.
Anthony's admiration for The Queen was immediately impacted when he viewed 'The lightness of being', by Levine.
To paint a portrait inspired by Levine's work quickly transpired into Anthony's personal goal and aspiration, in which I agreed to create a collaborative painting alongside Anthony with the means of heightening his confidence and levels of self esteem that have dramatically been affected due to his inability to practice for two years duration from our centres closure during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Image below on the left; 'She's Royal' Clifford Adams, (2022) Acrylic on canvas. Image below on the right; 'City to Celebrate' Louise Keough in collaboration with Wendy Ann Titmus, (2022) Drawing ink, fine line marker, liquid acrylic on canvas.
'Ways of seeing', we all hold our own perception of The Queen. This work entitled 'She's Royal', by contemporary artist Clifford Adams strongly depicts his diverse qualities and an artistic approach that celebrates his individuality. During the Development of his work, Adams explored newly adopted techniques that have been implemented into his art practice as a means to enable him to work with minimum levels of support. Adam's work is developed through a process that explores the amalgamation of selective painting and drawing techniques that are layered.
London is considered to be one of the greatest cities in the world, the home of many majestic Royal Palaces and some of the world's most significant works of architecture. Louise's outstanding ability to capture intricate detail and thrive towards perfectionism is entwined within the architectural structure of London that has persisted to be acknowledged as one of the greatest cities in the world. Her Intricate detail is juxtaposed by her expressive use of ink and vibrant colours that visually aim to illustrate the capitals diverse population, defined to be the most diverse city in the world. Louise has aimed to amalgamate these aspects with the objective of illustrating the overwhelming sensation one will experience when the population of London celebrate the Platinum Jubilee.
In memory of our great artists Carl Johnson and Jeff Young, may their creative legacies live on!
Carl Johnson, one of our citizens and artists, passed away Wednesday 30th March 2022. Carl was known most for his work in the art room and his paintings. He loved his art he was an accomplished artist, had a great sense of humour and was very generous to his friends and those around him.
Carl had been a member of CPM for around twenty five years and produced pieces of art that had meaning to him. He liked to be a hands on sort of artist, creating 3D sculptures. His legacy and love for art will carry on. We have lots of his work in and around the centre, so we can still capture his creations.
Jeff's paintings were highly talked about her at CPM, not only for the fact that he has created so many pieces, but also the quality of these paintings. Each one is different and provides an insight into the area Jeff lived in. Jeff's stories about his past are clearly shown through his paintings.
Jeff has over 300 paintings at our centre and has more paintings than any of the other artist here. This was his passion and love. He would recite from memory areas in the community. Places locally around Bartley Green, Harborne and Weoley Castle are just some of the places he has recited. He was a perfectionist in his work and a very creative man. His enthusiasm to capture the beauty in the area he has seen is delivered in his paintings. Sadly our beloved friend is no longer with us but his work is still honoured.