SOW: Sensing Our Way
SOW is a collection of sensory-seeking objects, co-designed with children and families and made to enhance your experience at The Mosaic Rooms through sensory awareness and play. SOW is presented by artist Sarah Marsh (@TheSensoryToolkit), who has created a bespoke ‘Sensory Toolkit’ for our visitors.
Through creative workshops over the last six months, Sarah invited families to build a picture of the gallery’s own “sensory language”. As a collective, we created a colour and pattern palette that we feel matches the gallery spaces. Families explored our spaces through smell, touch, sound and sight, enjoying different textures that enhance our experience of being with one another at The Mosaic Rooms. Together with families, Sarah then used the workshops to create our own collection of multi-sensory objects; inspired by children, for all to enjoy!
Every Friday from 11-3 – FREE
Family Fridays is an open and welcoming space for for children and their accompanying grown ups every week at The Mosaic Rooms where children can explore our wonderful collection of sensory objects. Find soft, colourful objects scattered around the gallery which are inspired by The Mosaic Rooms’ spaces and surroundings. Our Play Area is open too, for crafting and creativity. Free, no need to book. Tea and coffee available for grown-ups.
About Sarah Marsh and The Sensory Toolkit
The ‘Sensory Toolkit’ by Sarah Marsh is a developing collection of objects, ideas and ‘spaces’. Initially inspired by engagements with autistic children and their parents, this body of work is now accessible for people of all ages and abilities to interact with. The collection contains handmade, fabric focussed objects that explore sensory themes such as; weight, scent and flexibility. The objects invite you to experience the space from different vantage points; encouraging the viewer to become a participant.
With a background in Education and Project Management, Marsh is extremely proactive in the promotion of Creativity as a tool of expression, communication and wellbeing. She has many years’ experience of working with international Art institutions and organisations that include; Tate galleries (L’pool), UCLAN, The Whitworth (MCR),The Royal Academy (Ldn), U-Jadowski contemporary gallery (Warsaw , PL), Galeria Labirynt (Lublin, PL), ?aznia Centre for Contemporary Arts (Gdansk, PL), Manchester Art Gallery, The British Council, Arts Council England, a-n: The Artsits Information Company, Access Art, The Wildlife Trust, Clore Duffield Foundation, Heritage Lottery Funding and city councils across the UK.
Images: Courtesy of the artist.