Posted by Connor Palmer on 16 July 2013
I recently came across 2 really wonderful projects happening at the moment, both called Making Memories. One of the projects brings on board Claire Loder a professional sculptor working alongside and mentoring elderly carers from the rural Cotswolds and with a group of residents from Hunters Care to help learn or rekindle skills while reminiscing and creating lasting memories in clay.
Making Memories has been funded by The Baring Foundation as a pilot Arts Participation Project for the elderly. Whilst celebrating the creativity of Claire Loder and her students the exhibition is designed to provoke debate about and inspire future arts participation for the elderly in the region.
The free exhibition is being showcased at the New Brewery Arts, Gloucestershire from the 13 July – 8 September.
arthur+martha are currently devising a set of creative exercises to use alongside reminiscence boxes for older people. These will be in the form of prompt cards, giving ideas for making poems and artworks.
They collaborate with the individuals through their workshops. The pieces are people’s own words, drawings, textiles, sound recordings. Their aim is to bring ideas that might spark a poem or artwork. They are lending their skills and the people in the sessions give both their abilities and memories. In some groups they will note down a conversation – this will often be the basis for a poem.
The project has been workshopping since March. If you are involved in arts and health work, particularly with older people, you might find there are things you can use, adapt, or improve upon – you’d be welcome and they would love to hear your feedback too.
arthur+martha is an arts organisation directed by artist Lois Blackburn and poet Philip Davenport. They are currently working in partnership with Gallery Oldham and the project is funded by The Baring Foundation.