Celebrating 'Art in Care Day' 28th June 2019
Updated: Jul 12, 2019
The Day Centre has always offered art and craft activities to clients; many of whom already have crafting hobbies. Over the last year we have been lucky to have the artistic input of Jenni Tilbrook from Creative Mojo, whose projects have been especially popular with those clients who don’t craft at home, or who suffer with some form of dementia.
This year, Creative Mojo collaborated on a project with The National Trust to decorate a large tree with card butterflies at the Devonshire property of Knightshayes Manor. Using paint and collage, older people from day centres and residential care homes across the country came together to create a wonderful - and colourful – installation for Art in Care Day on the 28th of June.
Over Day Centre clients, who chose to participate in the ‘Tree of Celebration’ project, will receive a certificate and a postcard of the decorated tree.
Inspired by this initiative, New Road Preschool in Over was invited to help Day Centre clients produce a large collage picture on the 28th of June. The pre-schoolers, aided by their Childcare Practitioners, used their hand-prints to paint a rainbow tree that has become the centrepiece of the collage, which measures nearly two metres in length and decorates the main reception room at our Centre.
Left-over butterflies from the ‘Tree of Celebration’ were added to the collage, as were additional flowers and fishes painted by the clients under the helpful eye of Jenni.
'Art in Care Day' 2019 not only allowed our clients to explore their own creativity, but enabled them to be part of a countrywide project, AND to work in partnership with our village community. Moreover, it enabled the young and the old to bridge an age gap by having fun together through art.