Drawing on Wisdom with Hannah Whittaker

On the left in a circle, a black woman is concentrating on writing in a notebook. Next is the You Me Us project logo which is a blue circle with hands of different skintones around it. In the centre of the circle are the words You Me Us. To the right in a circle frame is a older white man with grey beard. He is talking to someone on a mobile phone. He is smiling as he is talking.

In March 2021, a community panel made up of people from Medway and Swale and local organisations and community members chose 4 artists to lead groups for our You Me Us project

Here you can find out more about Hannah Whittaker’s project Drawing on Wisdom.

Hannah Whittaker – Drawing on Wisdom

Writing, Storytelling, Drawing, Painting, Collage

A black and white photo of Hannah Whittaker. Hannah is a young white woman with long mid-colour hair. The photo shows her head and shoulders. She has a smile on her face. The photo was taken by Greer McNally.
Photo: Greer McNally

My project in one sentence: Drawing On Wisdom is a community storytelling project to creatively share experiences and wisdom.

Hannah says;

“Everyone loves stories – they provide escapism, empathy, wisdom and connection. But we often overlook those around us as a source for such stories. My hope is that this project will be a platform for sharing the wealth of experience that those in our community have to offer.”


More about the project

Drawing On Wisdom was an community storytelling project that brought together the older and young members of the community in Medway and Swale, to think about their shared experiences of challenges they’ve had.

Older members of the community were asked to write memories of their of childhood, challenges that they faced and any wisdom they would like to give to the younger generations who face the effects of uncertainty that Covid-19 has had on their lives.

Those stories were then used in online workshops, where people listened, talked about, and noted their your reactions and what they felt about the stories.

They then created images (drawings, paintings, collage, etc) to illustrate the stories, focusing on the part of the story that most stood out to them the most – whether it was a detail they saw or an emotion that the storyteller was felt.


Drawing on Wisdom book

There will be an illustrated Drawing on Wisdom book, combining the older storytellers writing with illustrations and pictures from the workshops.

Copies will be given to those who took part and local libraries, as well as being available online.

The books will include a QR code in the back which readers can scan to submit their personal responses to the stories via their phones.

Every time a response is received these will be given to the original storyteller, who’ll know that people are reading and connecting with their story.


Find Drawing On Wisdom on social media: #YouMeUsWisdom

Hannah’s website



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