The MESS ROOM is an innovative, creative, accessible, community space on the ground floor at Sun Pier House in Chatham, Kent.
This not-for-profit organisation has been established by award winning artists Wendy Daws and Christopher Sacre. The MESS ROOM hosts artist led projects in partnership with local communities and beyond. Facilitated by Wendy and Christopher who have over 30 years experience between them working with diverse groups with particular emphasis on blind and visually impaired and deaf and hard of hearing people.
The MESS ROOM offers a unique experience with no limits on how to express your creativity – get messy! – the kind of mess we make in our own studios.
WHO ARE WE
Wendy Daws studied BA(Hons) Three Dimensional Crafts at the University of Brighton. She designs, creates and delivers sustainable projects for marginalised groups, specialising in identifying opportunities for large scale participatory art projects. She has extensive experience working with all abilities and across generations. Wendy works across sectors: Arts, Heritage, Public Heath, Local Authority, Education and collaborates with many arts organisations always with the emphasis to empower others.
Wendy believes that art is for all, regardless of age, ability or background. Her dissertation ‘The Value of Touch – Blind Alphabet C and Museum Approaches to Visually Impaired Visitors’ feeds directly into her art practice.
Christopher Sacre studied BA(Hons) Fine Art Sculpture in Wolverhampton and has been a visual artist and arts workshop facilitator since 2000. He specialises in providing workshops/arts activities that are fully accessible to deaf people and their families, and supporting other facilitators to improve the accessibility of their provision at galleries, museums and other creative events.
SEE and CREATE was initiated and led by Christopher, the aim is to provide fun, creative events where everyone can participate on an equal footing. This is especially important for families who use both British Sign Language (BSL) and spoken English, as it can help bring family members closer together through joint participation, helping deaf families meet and share their experiences.