PPUG Celebrating Age exhibition

Celebrating Age exhibition at PPUG, October 2019

Celebrating Age showcases remarkable artwork produced by residents of care homes at creative workshops run by Independent Arts on the Isle of Wight.

The exhibition is at the People’s Pop Up Gallery (PPUG) and has been produced in conjunction with the Celebration of Age Festival which is coordinated by Age Friendly Island and runs throughout October. Celebrating Age shines a light on the wealth of creative expression to be found in our later years. All of the work shown in the exhibition has been produced in creative workshops run by highly experienced Independent Arts practitioners, and covers a range of medium from textiles to print, collage, painting and sculpture.

“We believe that Celebrating Age is the first major exhibition on the Isle of Wight to show the diverse range of artworks created in care homes by older residents,” says Kerry Tindall, Independent Arts Programme Manager.

Throughout the many years that Independent Arts have worked in this sector they have devised a series of workshops frequently drawing on art history, local heritage and natural wonder for inspiration, whereby participants can come together to produce work of real worth and beauty. In addition workshops are crafted to be accessible for participants facing age-related conditions and deteriorating health.

“Typically those living in care face many daunting challenges that can lead to limited dexterity, cognitive decline, deteriorating eyesight, or complex conditions affecting fine motor skills. You might imagine that such hardship would be an absolute barrier to creative engagement, but we have found quite the opposite: residents thrive when they are given the opportunity to participate in meaningful creative activities,” says Kerry.

All the Independent Arts workshops are designed to be inclusive, offering a range of materials, equipment and resources to aid and support participation. Throughout 2019 Independent Arts have run art and craft workshops in eleven homes across the Island, these include Ancona, Cherry Blossom, Cornelia Manor, Eden House, Inglefield, Hazel Lodge, Westview, Fairhaven, Inver House, The Gouldings and Downside.

There are estimated to be around 450,000 people living in care homes in the UK. Older people living in care homes may not have access to cultural and artistic activities, but participation in the arts can have a significant impact on wellbeing, enhancing communication and self-awareness as well as reducing stress and anxiety.

Celebrating Age is on show at PPUG, 33 High Street Newport until 2nd November 2019.
Opening times are Thursday-Saturday 10.30-15.30.

Celebrating Age exhibition at PPUG, October 2019

Capturing the Spirit of Dance

For these workshops residents from Inglefield, Eden House, Ancona, Cherry Blossom Cornelia Manor and Downside looked at the work of Henri Matisse and in particular the theme of dance as it appears in his work. Residents talked about their own memories of dance and dancing, and these were then transcribed onto the large collective frieze you see displayed above. This is the first time Independent Arts has attempted to draw together all the care home residents that join our art workshops to create a single piece of work. Using a cut paper technique pioneered by the practitioner, residents assembled forms to recreate their own memories of dance.

Resident P, said:

"I'm really proud of what we've achieved and so pleased to see it displayed."


Celebrating Age Festival

Age Friendly Island’s annual Celebrating Age Festival takes place during October. Now in its fourth year, the festival’s main purpose is to develop creative ways for older people to be actively involved in their local communities, helping to combat social isolation and loneliness. There are over 100 activities to choose from, for a full list visit Isle of Wight Age UK This project is part of the Age Friendly Island partnership. Age Friendly Island is part of Ageing Better, a programme set up by The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK.

Celebrating Age showcases remarkable artwork produced by residents of care homes at creative workshops run by Independent Arts on the Isle of Wight.

The exhibition runs at PPUG, 33 High Street, Newport IW now until 2nd November 2019.
Opening times are Thursday-Saturday 10.30-15.30.

Moon banner

Man Will Walk on the Moon

This piece (above) was produced by residents at Newport Residential Home (Newport) in a series of textile workshops to celebrate the anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. In creating their design residents were inspired by looking at the work of famous pop artists, press cuttings and music from the era.

The Assistant Homes Manager, said:

"The series of workshops have been invaluable for the residents"