Imagine is one of only four national programmes from across the UK to be awarded funding from Arts Council England and The Baring Foundation’s Arts and Older People in Care fund. The 3-year project will use the arts to enrich the lives of older residents, better involving them in the wider community and supports residents to connect with people of all ages.
City Arts manages the Imagine programme on behalf of a partnership which consists of The Abbeyfield Society (including a number of other care homes), Nottingham’s arts organisations, Nottingham City Council and academic researchers from the University of Nottingham. This is part of City Arts’ long-standing commitment to give older people in care access to the artistic events and performances the rest of us take for granted. It will offer residents the opportunity to be creative and involve them in commissioning new artwork.
The partnership strongly believes that older people in care settings have an entitlement to the kind of cultural opportunities that the rest of us. This innovative programme brings together care and the arts in order to challenge, engage and stimulate older people in accessing opportunities for self-expression to help improve their wellbeing.