Churchill Fellow becomes care home’s artist in residence

Published: 22 Aug 2017

Author: Claire Ford
Churchill Fellow becomes care home’s artist in residence

2011 Fellow Claire Ford and fellow artist Kate Sweeney have moved their respective studios and created a new studio space in Northbourne residential care home in Gateshead.

Over a 5-week period, they will live, explore, react and respond creatively to residents, families and care staff’s creative needs, stories and thoughts. Alongside developing their individual practices, they will create new work, aiming to capture the ‘real world’ of a care home.

Artists such as Claire and Kate are usually afforded only a very limited amount of time in care homes. At Northbourne, they intend to immerse themselves into the setting, removing any time-based restrictions or limitations, working day and or night.

A resident at Northbourne care home enjoys a creative digital projectFor her Fellowship, Claire travelled to the USA to observe and explore creative access for individuals living with dementia in public spaces. During her travels, she stayed for two weeks in an assisted care facility in Milwaukee, and has wanted to create a similar approach back in the UK ever since. Claire’s residency at Northbourne will allow her to fully utilise the skills she has developed over the last six years both in traditional and digital methods and techniques.

This project is funded by Arts Council England and Equal Arts based in Gateshead.

You can follow Claire and Kate’s journey via their blog

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