2011 Archive

Independent Arts featured on IW Radio

Our project manager Caroline Ash talked to Heather McCallum of Isle of Wight Radio on Monday 26 September 2011 about the plans to celebrate Independent Arts' 25th anniversary next year, and our SingAbout project. Listen to the Isle of Wight Radio interview by clicking here.


Independent Arts in the news

The Isle of Wight County Press featured news of Independent Arts' upcoming Silver Celebration in its Christmas edition


Christmas changes to schedules

Over the Christmas period there will be no SingAbout sessions or Binstead Art Group sessions taking place.
Sessions resume on the following dates:


SingAbout Freshwater: Monday 9 January 2012, 10.30am – 12.30pm
SingAbout Ryde: Monday 9 January 2012, 2 – 4pm
SingAbout Newport: Tuesday 10 January 2012, 2 – 4pm

Binstead Art Group resumes on Tuesday 10 January 2012 at 1pm.

Independent Arts at Brighstone Christmas Tree Festival

Once again, Independent Arts was delighted to participate in the Brighstone Christmas Tree Festival, which ran from 8–11 December. Our trees in St Mary's Church, Brighstone, will remain in place throughout the Christmas period, so do take a look. One is a Memory Tree, created by participants in our reminiscence sessions in residential homes. The other celebrates our SingAbout sessions.

Proceeds from the Festival are distributed to a number of Island charities, including Independent Arts.

Independent Arts and SingAbout

We're delighted that Lloyds TSB has recently granted £18,700 to help fund Independent Arts' SingAbout project on the Isle of Wight, based on the initial Singing for the Brain sessions we ran on behalf of the Alzheimer's Society in 2010, which were extremely well-received.

The funding means we can roll out SingAbout to more island venues in 2011. New sessions will be starting in Freshwater and Newport in March. Details here.

Initial Singing for the Brain sessions were funded by Age Concern and the Rural Communities Council.

According to the Alzheimer’s Society,

"Singing is not only an enjoyable activity, it can also provide a way for people with dementia, along with their carers, to express themselves and socialise with others in a fun and supportive group.

"Hidden in the fun are activities which build on the well-known preserved memory for song and music in the brain. Even when many memories are hard to retrieve, music is especially easy to recall."

Charlotte Hofton wrote supportively in the Isle of Wight County Press (19 March 2010) about Singing for the Brain after visiting an Independent Arts session led by practitioner Sandy Kealty:

The view from here: The sound of music that's worth the expense

Snapshot In Time

In 2010 Independent Arts ran a series of workshops for people who would not normally be able to access specialist art and photography tuition. The project was funded by the West Wight Landscape Partnership.

Participants recorded the landscape and images of six locations in the West Wight including Brighstone Village and Yarmouth Town.

The group exhibition featured the work of members from John’s Club, Residents of Porter Court, Ainsworth Court and The Adelaide and was exhibited at Freshwater Library in early 2011.

Outcomes Matter in Dementia Care Conference

Our services co-ordinator, Anita Treso, attended the Outcomes Matter in Dementia Care Conference on the 14th April, held at the University of Surrey, Guildford. The conference offered sessions on training within dementia care and how the Care Quality Commission will assess care homes' evidence within new regulation and practice.

There was also a chance to meet home managers, nursing consultants, chaplaincy advisers and exhibitors such as Mulberry House and The Alzheimer’s Society.

The conference was interesting in two ways; firstly, it confirmed the work Independent Arts is doing within the homes is not only needed, but will become more essential in meeting positive outcomes for homes. Secondly, the conference offered Anita an opportunity to understand what the homes wanted in terms of using services like those of Independent Arts to support the good work they do in caring for their clients.

Memory tree

Independent Arts' Memory Tree at Brighstone Christmas Tree Festival

SingAbout tea-break

Taking a break at Newport SingAbout