To Wander is To Adventure is an ongoing collaboration between Purple Patch Arts and grassroots arts project Wur Bradford, working with adults with learning disabilities to explore creative and mindful ways to walk. For 18 months, To Wander is to Adventure took place in Oastler Market, Bradford. In 2020, the project continued over Zoom, where a new group of participants were introduced to mindfulness, mindful walking techniques and creative practices.
In early 2021, we began to co-create digital mindfulness resources with the group to share our experiences and learning. The sessions focused on developing the participants’ mindfulness practices, as well as building their skills in creating and leading their own mindful activities. Consequently, as well as co-creating a variety of mindful walking resources, To Wander participants shared their work to the Purple Patch Arts community through its LifeLong Learning programmes. The next phase of the project in begins Autumn 2021.
Wur Bradford (Wur means ’our’ or ‘we are‘) are a grassroots arts project run by artists Jean McEwan, Chemaine Cooke and Uzma Kazi, working responsively with people to explore how creativity can empower and connect us. Wur Bradford work with a wide range of communities, often in public spaces.
Since 2009, Purple Patch Arts has existed to improve the lives and life chances of people with learning disabilities and autistic people by providing innovative, inclusive, creative learning experiences for them and the professionals who support them.