Living Room Artist Residencies
Over the last 12 months Creative Health has been working with Staffordshire Council, Wolverhampton Art Gallery and Staffordshire Association of Registered Care Providers (SARCP) to explore new models to support high quality arts activities for older people in care homes. Living Room Artist Residencies enables Care Homes to commission professional artists to produce new contemporary artworks during 3-6 month residencies at their care settings. Click here to see the Living Room Artist Residency film.
Living Room Artist Residencies: Woodford House
‘I’m On The Phone..’ is the title of the audio artwork artist Sally Tonge produced during her four-month residency at Woodford House Nursing Home in Tyrsull near Wolverhampton. During her residency the artist worked with residents, many in the later stages of dementia, to create stories, songs and music which were recorded and mixed into a soundtrack and installed on an mp3 player in a retro telephone. When the handset is lifted it triggers songs, stories and music, including poignant reminiscences by residents.
Living Room Artist Residencies: Bradwell Hall
For the Living Room Residency at Bradwell Hall, Sal Tonge proposed to lead a group of residents in the development of a short musical review to be performed to family and friends along with other residents at a final celebration. Sal set out to explore residents’ favourite songs from the past, those which evoked shared memories from a particular era or well known event, music genre or tradition.
Living Room Artist Residencies: Showell Court
A Few of Our Favourite Things was the title of Jim Morris’s first residency at Showell Court Extra Care facility in Wolverhampton. Over a period of two months, the artist wanted to explore and celebrate the lives and interests of Showell Court tenants by inviting people to donate favourite personal belongings for him to draw.
Living Room Artist Residencies: Springbank Care Home
For his Living Room Residency at Springbank Care Home, Jim Morris adapted his approach in A Few of Our Favourite Things to residents who were less independent, many of whom were living with dementia and unable to recall detailed history about their favourite personal belongings.
Living Room Artist Residencies: Waveney Court
Waveney Court is a Sheltered Housing Scheme in Newcastle-under-Lyme in Staffordshire, consisting of 25 flats with communal lounge and facilities on site, together with a number of satellite retirement homes in the nearby area. Staff and residents living at Waveney Court expressed an interest in the Living Room Residency programme and chose to work with visual artist Jim Morris, based on his previous project A Few of My Favourite Things. The aim of the Waveney Court residency was to engage residents and bring them together - particularly those at risk of social isolation – by providing an opportunity to take part in activities and develop friendships.
Living Room Artist Residencies: Perton Manor
Mark Riley worked with staff and residents at Perton Manor care home to create a new willow sculpture garden comprising of walkways, arbours and a central sculpture.
Living Room Artist Residencies: Limewood Dementia Care Home
Over three months, The Cultural Sisters – artists Fiona Waddle and Deborah Rogers – developed art and reminiscence workshops to find out about the lives, interests and memories of over 30 residents and staff at Limewood Dementia Care Home in Staffordshire.
This Way UpA space to make, time for you
This Way Up is a new wellbeing project for people living in Wolverhampton and Staffordshire. Tailored to different community groups, This Way Up provides an opportunity to take part in a regular artistic activity with other people, led and supported by a professional artist, and inspired by gallery collections. The aim of This Way Up is to contribute towards an improved sense of wellbeing by providing a creative outlet, a break from everyday life, a safe social space and an opportunity to pursue individual creative interests. This Way Up has worked with artists Louise Blakeway, Claire Hickey, Jim Morris, Ben Sadler and Sarah Taylor Silverwood to provide sessions for adults, refugees, asylum seekers and migrants, over 50s and Wolverhampton City Council Employees.
Wolverhampton Conversation Clubs
Conversation Clubs are based on a simple but effective concept, encouraging older people to get together for a good conversation. Click below to read more about the project and download the Evaluation Report.
Imagining a Difference Programme
Imagining a Difference is a one year pilot Art & Dementia programme delivered in Telford exploring creative participation with people affected by dementia in order to inform future offers that impact on wellbeing. This report is an evaluation of the work undertaken involving a series of projects in various dementia care settings together with an Action Research Project based at Oakengates Theatre.