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Care Home residents explore Simon Starling's exhibition

Care Home residents explore Simon Starling's exhibition

Care Home residents explore Simon Starling's exhibition

Care Home residents explore Simon Starling's exhibition

Care Home residents explore Simon Starling's exhibition

Care Home residents explore Simon Starling's exhibition

Care Home residents explore Simon Starling's exhibition

Care Home residents explore Simon Starling's exhibition

Imagine

Enriching the lives of people with dementia through creativity

The Imagine Project is a partnership between City Arts & Nottingham Contemporary. Imagine explores the impact of creative activities and making art on people with mild to moderate dementia. Through supporting and guiding the arts coordinators within care facilities, The Imagine Project aims to have a positive impact upon the engagement of its participants in creative pursuits.

The project’s partnership, which has had two phases up to date, is part of a wider project and study between City Arts, Nottingham City Council and many care homes within Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. The most recent of these phases spanned several months and was led by associate artists, Gillian Brent and Jo Dacombe, and was spilt in to two stages.

The first offered care home Activity Coordinators the opportunity to work intensively with our Associate Artists, to broaden their skill base and confidence levels when planning and delivering creative activities for their residents back in the car homes. This took place within Nottingham Contemporary, drawing influence from and working with the active exhibition.

The second stage was to bring residents from two care facilities together within the gallery for a tour and workshop, with an emphasis on the social aspect of the occasion and the showcasing of work and skills. The day culminated in coming together and celebrating each other’s work.

So far, the project demonstrates that people with mild to moderate stages of dementia can participate in gallery based programmes that involve viewing art, discussion, reflection and actively responding in a creative manner. It is the hope that the work taken place in Imagine can be carried forward to the activities provided within the care facilities themselves, leaving a lasting impact.

We would like to thank videographer Melvin Rawlinson and the staff, carers and participants from all the care homes and organisations who have participated in the project.

More information on Imagine can be found here: http://imaginearts.org.uk/partner/nottingham-contemporary/

For more information on similar projects please contact us on: 0115 948 9750 or learn@nottinghamcontemporary.org

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