TARGET GROUP: Guinness Partnership Social Care & Extra Care Residents
PARTNER: Guinness Care & Support
GEOGRAPHICAL REACH: South West of England
PROJECT FUNDER: The Guinness Partnership
PROJECT MANAGER: Ursula Billington: Ursula@superact.org.uk
Superact was approached by Guinness Care & Support to provide artists for Creative Times 2015, a project which aimed to combat isolation and enhance quality of life by making creative activity accessible to their older social care residents.
A spectrum of artistic activity on the theme of ‘time’ was on offer for residents and staff to take part in. Superact’s storyteller Stu Packer joined with photographer and film-maker Kevin Redpath to facilitate a story-sharing session which saw Elders from Bristol coming together to tell their life stories, some of which had never been told or heard before. Each participant then had a professional studio portrait taken, and the tales were magically woven together to create a soundtrack to the moving images of the session.
Willow weaver Sarah Le Breton helped older individuals of all abilities from across the South West to create peacocks, reindeer, Christmas globes and sundials from willow.
The finished pieces and story-sharing installation were displayed in a festival of creativity at the Guildhall in Bath where participants, artists, Guinness professionals and members of the public came together to admire and celebrate what had been achieved.
The Superact team found the experience to be deeply impactful for all involved and hopes to continue its work providing arts activities for the Guinness Extra Care residents.
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