Look what we made! – Completing our Donnington intergenerational project

Loving gaze! 15.4.14

On Tuesday we completed our Donnington le Heath based intergenerational project, working with participatory artist Rikke Digerud and film maker Trevor Cobbe.

There were hugs and kisses and once again I felt a little bit sad at our work coming to a close – until I spent some time looking back over the photos and film and now I’m just happy we were there, sharing five fantastic weeks with some real characters, old and young and we’re already planning something new!

During our final session together Trevor and I filmed some evaluation interviews with the adults and children who had taken part, while Rikke supported buddies making thank-you cards for each other.

Below are a few photos of some cards and above are the finished pieces of artwork held by me (left) and Rikke (right). I usually hate having my photo taken, but this one made me smile – we were only messing about with this pose, but I quite like it (let’s hope Rikke does too 😉

Agar Nook community centre in Coalville will take one piece away with them and our older residents will have the other for their communal lounge area.

Just to remind you how we did it, Rikke and I worked with our group on a WW1 theme, looking at poetry, animals and words that derived from the conflict. Rikke prepared the wood with maps depicting WW1 locations and together we all made wire WW1’s covered with yarn, sewed WW1 words onto mini cushions, which then had the Union Jack added on by Rikke and created papier mache pigeons and poppies.

I really love the end result and once again, all those ladies who told us they “couldn’t do art” … really? 🙂

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About beautyandutilityarts

My name is Katherine Brown and I run Beauty and Utility Arts, an Arts and Health project management service. I have over a decade of experience working with vulnerable groups and individuals in roles including support worker, Supported Employment Advisor and Community Fundraiser for The Midlands. Now, I manage a range of Arts and Health projects involving carers, people using mental health and learning disability services and the over 50′s. I specialise in developing ideas, fundraising, full project management, consultation, workshop provision, sourcing artists, Social Enterprise, event planning, SROI and exploring sustainability options. Since beginning Beauty and Utility Arts in January 2010 I have worked on a range of projects including comedy workshops, placing public art into health centres, setting up a Social Enterprise, project managing Showcase Smoothie, developing mental health walking projects and running arts based reminiscence workshops for the over 50′s, all of which is detailed in my blog (www.beautyandutilityarts.com)
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