Case Studies

Living Room Artist Residencies: Showell Court

  • Artist(s):
    Jim Morris
  • Artform(s):
    Visual art
  • Funder(s):
    Staffordshire County Council and Wolverhampton Art Gallery
  • Venue(s):
    Showell Court Care Home
  • Duration:
    March - May 2015
  • Health Need(s):
    Dementia, Older People
Summary:
‘A Few of Our Favourite Things’ was the title of Jim Morris’s first residency at Showell Court Extra Care facility in Wolverhampton. Over the period of two months, the artist wanted to explore and celebrate the lives and interests of Showell Court tenants through inviting people to donate favourite personal belongings for him to draw.

Project Information

‘A Few of Our Favourite Things’ was the title of Jim Morris’s first residency at Showell Court Extra Care facility in Wolverhampton. Over a period of two months, the artist wanted to explore and celebrate the lives and interests of Showell Court tenants by inviting people to donate favourite personal belongings for him to draw. Setting up his sketch pad in the lounge area at the beginning of each session, he was amazed at the response and objects tenants brought along for him to draw.  

While Jim captured these treasured belongings in pencil, pen and ink and watercolour, staff and tenants were encouraged to engage in the process by sharing memories about why these ‘favourite things’ were important. By the end of the residency the artist had created a large number of drawings and tenants were invited to make a final selection of six artworks which were then blown up and commercially printed onto large canvases to create a new permanent display in the lounge.

“It’s been smashing, particularly having been involved in the process from the beginning. It’s been very interesting bringing belongings down and seeing Jim bringing them to life!” Tennant

“Lovely. All the Artworks are very well done.  My drawing is very lifelike. It brings back memories.  I liked the statue of mother and child but wouldn’t like to say which one I like the best as they’re all really nice.” Tennant

Jim Morris is a Birmingham based artworker with over 20 years experience working in participatory arts. He works with all ages including major puppetry projects in schools and community settings. His paintings and illustrations have been exhibited widely across the West Midlands region and collected internationally.

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