Armchair Gallery has engaged older people in 3 care homes in Nottinghamshire that include Ashdale and Newgate Lodge in Mansfield and The Beeches in Arnold.
Visual artist Sam Metz, movement practitioner Andrea Haley, digital artist Graham Elstone and Becky Cullen, poet in residence at Newstead Abbey, have been working with older people in care to experience a series of virtual tours of Newstead Abbey. Newstead is a beautiful historic house set in more than 300 acres with paths that meander past lakes, ponds and waterfalls. It was founded as a monastic house in the late 12th century and was later home to the poet Lord Byron between 1808 – 1814. Inside the Abbey there is much to explore including Victorian room settings, and the poets private apartments.
Participants have experienced a wide range of artistic interventions over 7 weeks within each care setting. Residents have taken part in print-making, movement, creating animations and sound pieces, devising and reciting poetry, visual arts and drawing. The outcomes have been fantastic with many of the residents themselves having personal connections with Newstead Abbey and telling us their own stories.
This project has been funded by Nottinghamshire County Council and Nottingham City Council.