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"Creative Caring"
I have just completed a Market Place CPP project which was engaging older adults in good quality arts practice and access to the benefits of creative activities and experiencing the increased well being the arts brings.  We saw increased numbers, concentration, motor skills and social interaction and hunour resulting in a better state of well being for all participants.

"Lost & Found" was an Arts Council England funded project

Project website: https://lostfound2017.wordpress.com/

Twitter: #LandFLincs‘Lost and Found’ will deliver participatory arts sessions in 4 care homes in South Lincolnshire and celebrate the stories and experiences of older adults in care through a touring exhibition of participants’ and artists’ work.  The tour will raise awareness of and share with the wider community, issues faced by older adults in care homes and help to remove stereotype and stigma.

CARE HOME SESSIONS:WHERE:  4 care homes: Hunters Creek in Boston, Abbeygate in Moulton near Spalding, Abbey Court in Bourne and Apple Trees in Grantham

WHO:  Care home residents, staff and carers

WHAT:   We will deliver a programme of 10 weekly creative sessions in each care home: 2D, 3D and digital   from 23.1.17 to 31.3.17

CPD & Mentoring:    Lead artists will receive CPD and mentoring from international contemporary book designer Guy Begbie.

Touring Exhibition:
Care home participants’ work will combine with the lead artists’ studio work to create a thought provoking exhibition in contemporary book form.  The books will tour the 4 care homes and local libraries from 25.4.17 to 18.7.17.  Local primary schools will be invited to visit the exhibition to provide the younger generation with positive role models and connections to the past.  At the end of the incolnshire tour, the exhibition will be available on loan to other venues across the UK

Training:  Lead artists will provided 1 training session for care home staff and carers

Profile:  The lead artists, Carol Parker and Ernie Butler, have more than 30 years’ experience of devising and delivering participatory arts engagement and socially engaged practice with all ages and abilities.  The  impact of their artistic work has been monitored and evaluated by funders including: ERDF, EMDA, Legacy UK Trust, Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery.