Sunday, 31 May 2015

Sight Support Heritage Project

We have begun working with Sight Support Derbyshire on a heritage WW1 project with their visually impaired members. We are working with groups in Chesterfield, Clay Cross and Derby to create tactile banners that will tour around the county at eye clinics and visual impaired centres.
The Sight Support Derbyshire organisation was set up in 1914, before the WW1 began so the banners will link these two important centenaries.
We have been researching with the groups at Derby Museum and at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.

Owl Kites & Victorian Cameos @ Grove Lodge

We had two busy sessions at Grove Lodge in the park during May half term.
Owl Kites on a very breezy afternoon, and Victorian animal cameos on a very rainy morning.
This is all to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the Arboretum Park being first opened to the people of Derby.

Flying kites in the park on a lovely sunny afternoon


Victorian Animal Cameos

Mindfull of Art - update

This project has been a wonderful insight into working creatively with people living with dementia. We have delivered a wide variety of artforms over the last 4 months with 5 different groups based in a residential home, a hospital setting, a day centre, a memory cafe and the most interesting of all, with 4 families in their own homes. For this last group, we have worked with not only the person with dementia but also their husband, wife, sister or partner.

Watercolour painting
Dot to dot drawing
Hula hoop weaving

Batik painting

Sewing braid onto batik cushions

Painted Wooden Houses

Woven Fabric Bowl

Pipe Cleaner Flower Fairy

Printed Fabric Bag
We held exhibitions of all the work at each centre and also during the month of May at Ilkeston Library. In the next few months we hope to have an exhibition at Ilkeston Hospital.
The project was funded by Erewash Clinical Commissioning Group.