Creative Health charity Independent Arts is celebrating age this Autumn with a special mixed media art exhibition created by residents from 13 care homes across the Island during the past year. On display are works inspired by Monet’s ‘Waterlilies’, Matisse, painted seascapes, a sensory garden, along with modern sculpture, photographs, textiles, ceramics, and mosaics. The unique exhibition was curated by the charity’s team Nicola Ward, Kerry Tindall and Jo Rigby to showcase the amazing talent of both residents and the dedication of professional arts practitioners who supported them, Kirstie Hayler, Lou Elliott, Miranda Amapola and Davina Smith. “Last time we displayed art created by care home residents everyone was hugely inspired and this time our elders have done it again!” says chief executive Lisa Gagliani. “It’s simply amazing how taking part in some form of creative activity can unlock hidden talent - along with happy memories. We can all learn something from this this poignant reflection of creative ageing.” Independent Arts delivers music and crafts to more than 30 care homes across the Isle of Wight. Called ‘Workshops for Wellbeing’ these paid-for workshops are more than simply entertaining activities for elderly residents, with a focus on wellbeing and reminiscence of happy memories. In the past year alone 10,600 care home residents enjoyed one or more activities delivered by Independent Arts through their 20 highly skilled and vetted professional arts practitioners. The Island-only charity also offers bespoke one to one art workshops to residents who are elderly, have dementia or to adults with learning difficulties. Anyone can visit the Exhibition, which is open Monday to Friday 10am-4.30pm and on Saturdays 12-2pm at Independent Arts Creative Hub, 48/49 High Street, Newport, Isle of Wight PO30 1SE. Entrance is free, but donations are very much appreciated by cash, debit card or monthly standing order. For more information about the services Independent Arts provides to Island care homes, visit www.independentarts.org.uk/join-in/for-carehomes/
Independent Arts are delighted to once again be the associated charity of Wight Proms festival, taking place at Northwood House. We will be on site every day with merchandise, creative activities, and raffles. For more information and tickets please visit www.wightproms.co.uk
Friends and family of Pete Holden have raised thousands of pounds for Independent Arts in his memory.
There will be more ways to dance yourself to health and happiness this year through Independent Arts’ popular dance for wellbeing programme DanceMakers, and its sister project DanceSense, thanks to new to funding from The National Lottery and Sport England through Energise me.
If we raise £3,000 in seven days, it will be doubled to £6,000 of funding to allow more young people to join our Supporting Young Minds programme.
Real-life characters from the Island’s past will be brought to life on stations across the Island Line rail network this weekend (Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th September) as part of a living history project from local arts for wellbeing charity Independent Arts.