Mayflower 400 Southampton

Workshops for visually impaired young people by Artist Rachel Gadsden



Rachel Gadsden, a visually impaired artist, is inviting visually impaired young people who live in Southampton to be part of an exciting free art project.

These art workshops have been created to enable individuals with visual impairment to create sculptures based on themes relating to the story of the Mayflower ship and the passengers who departed from Southampton to travel to America in August 1620.

The workshops will happen in your homes through Zoom, but Rachel will be instructing and supporting you to create your sculptures throughout the workshop session.



Participants can invite a brother, or a sister, cousin, parent, or a friend to take part in the workshops. Just make sure you are safe within your Covid bubble.

During half term, there will be Zoom sessions so that Rachel can meet participants and you can learn more about the project.  You can either join a morning session at 10am, or an afternoon session at 4pm. Let us know on the booking form which one you’ll be coming to.

The workshops will take place in the Easter holidays. For 7 – 11 year olds workshops will take place on April 6th and 13th. For 12 – 16 year olds they will take place on April 7th and 14th. We will talk in our Zoom sessions about what time of day might be best for the workshops.



All the art materials and paints that you will need to create your sculpture will be posted to you, so you will not need to purchase anything to take part. If you have any additional needs that we can help with, let us know and we will try to help with those too.

At the end of the workshops, we would love you to photograph your sculptures, and we will be exhibiting them on the Mayflower 400 Southampton website, so that everyone can see and admire what you have created.

If you are interested in taking part, please ask a parent or guardian to complete and return the booking form below.

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