Creativity to the core
We believe in the Arts - any creative moments which excite the soul and allow the mind to wander... We work on the basis that creativity can be nurtured from the smallest of seeds. An ember within us all might not seem significant from day to day, yet at RAW-i we cherish it. We provide the space and guidance to build this ember into a glowing beacon of personal vision. Through ongoing support, challenge (direct and remote) and a professionalism which seeks to equip individuals with skills, language, knowledge and passion we develop an inspirational place that we all may flourish within.
"Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people." (S. Jobs)
Immersive & Supportive
"The hands have an infinity of pleasure in them. The feel of things, textures, surfaces, rough things like cones and bark, smooth things like stalks and feathers and pebbles rounded by water, the teasing of gossamers. . . the scratchiness of lichen, the warmth of the sun, the sting of hail, the blunt blow of tumbling water, the flow of wind - nothing that I can touch or that touches me but has its own identity for the hand as much as for the eye" (Nan Shepherd ' The Living Mountain')
Landscape & Nature
"I was obsessed with the incredible beauty of that landscape. I was haunted. I had the same quickness of heart and very intense feelings that human beings have when, in an utterly invaluable way, they fall in love. . . what happens between the heart and a piece of land, what happens between the mind and a piece of land..." (B. Lopez, 'Arctic Dreams')
What others say about us?
Showing romantic allegiances” (Simon Morley)
Her [Wendy Connelly] small liquid watercolours remarkable for their freshness, stand up to those of her seniors [Maurice Cockrill, Maggi Hambling, William Tillyer] (Felicity Owen – Country Life)
..larger than usual atmospheric studies of the Lake District which evince an increasing interest in abstraction (Iain Gale – The Independent)
Ideas, Inspire, Individual
A longtime member of the Chelsea Arts Club where artists can relax, discuss, and share ideas. The AN provide a network of opportunity and support artists with legal and liability support. As an Arts Award supporter we are able to offer nationally recognised courses.