2016 Arts Council England funded project and exhibition "Synergy"
This exhibition through workshops and drop in sessions with those not engaged in the arts or creativity. It also focused on those who have no voice in society and are hidden away we worked with mental health support groups, care homes, those with Alzheimer’s.
Through different mediums each person produced a piece of artwork which were then combined to show how each individual has a voice and when these individual members of societies voices are pulled together we obtain synergy. Each person also created an artwork of a leaf which was then exhibited as a whole tree to make this point, as well as commissioned artworks by the lead artists on this issue. This also raised awareness of the issues raised and led to wider arts engagement and its benefits being experienced.
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
2017 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.
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.