Case Studies

Living Room Artist Residencies

  • Artist(s):
    Mark Riley, Sally Tonge, Jim Morris
  • Artform(s):
    Environmental arts, storytelling, music, sound, illustration, visual arts
Summary:
Over the last 12 months Creative Health has been working with Staffordshire Council, Wolverhampton Art Gallery and Staffordshire Association of Registered Care Providers (SARCP) to explore new models to support high quality arts activities for older people in care homes.

Project Information

Over the last 12 months Creative Health has been working with Staffordshire Council, Wolverhampton Art Gallery and Staffordshire Association of Registered Care Providers (SARCP) to explore new models to support high quality arts activities for older people in care homes. Living Room has been developed through consultation with SARCP members and emerged from ideas around creating temporary Pop-Up Artist studios in the lounge or communal living areas of residential homes.   

Living Room Artist Residencies enables Care Homes to commission professional artists to produce new contemporary artworks during 3-6 month residencies at their care settings. Artists visit the care homes for half-day sessions where they engage staff and residents in the work they are producing while working on the creation of the commissioned piece. While the artist will have an initial outline idea of what they want to create, the work will be produced in response to where it was made and will reflect experiences, interests and needs of care home residents and staff. The resulting artwork will form new displays which engage and enrich the living spaces and environments of participating care homes.

For the first two Living Room residencies environmental artist Mark Riley and storyteller and musician Sally Tonge have been commissioned to work in two Care Homes in South Staffordshire. Over the last three months Mark has been developing ideas for a outdoor sensory installation involving willow sculptures, walkways and arbours in the ground of Perton Manor while Sally has been working with Woodford House residents and staff recording stories, music and sounds to create an interactive sound installation. Both artworks are scheduled to be complete in April. A third residency is just beginning at Showell Court Sheltered Housing Scheme in Wolverhampton where visual artist and illustrator Jim Morris will spending the next couple of months celebrating some of the Care Home’s ‘favourite things’ through drawing carefully chosen objects belongings to residents and staff. These will be blown up onto large canvases to create a dramatic new display for the lounge area of the Care Home.

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