Artists Barney George and Sylvie Fourcin worked with residents at Aire Court Day Centre, a day centre for older people suffering from mental health issues.
Many of the participants had issues relating to visual impairment e.g. Macular degeneration, as well as various mobility issues, which had impacted on their confidence and self-esteem. By using a technique that is usually used with a younger age range, the artists were able to challenge preconceptions surrounding stereotypes of working with older people.
Over the six weeks the day patients made clay models for clay motion animations, paintings inspired by the artist Paul Klee for backdrops, and coloured cellophane cut out landscapes to create exciting visual effects and animated shorts. The members of the group really embraced the challenge of working with new techniques.
The culmination of the project used all the models placed within a vibrant mini set stage, using the Nutcracker Suite by Tchaichovsky as the musical background.
Funded by Arts and Minds