THE lounge at Rose Hill Court is showcasing artwork created by residents and nursery children as part of a £10,000 creative project.
The 12-month project sees the group working with our team to explore a variety of artforms.
Led by professional artists and supported by volunteers, the weekly cross-generational sessions have seen the group turn their hand to a project about home and nature. They’ve explored a range of multimedia techniques including wet felting, printing, marbling, clay and painting.
Anita Bernacka is artist practitioner at Wise Owls Nursery. For the past four months children aged two to five have been heading over to the Brighton care setting to join the group.
She said: “The children have had a unique opportunity to meet and socialise with people from different generations. They’ve learnt so much, how to show respect, kindness and consideration. It’s fantastic to see them working alongside each other and with inspiring artists teaching exciting techniques and big scale art.”
The exhibition in Rose Hill Terrace (off Kingsbury Road) in Brighton is open to the public each weekend in May from 12pm until 4pm as part of the Artist Open Houses festival.
Equal Arts’ Lucy Groenewoud is supporting the group during the sessions. She said: “The residents gained so much from having their work on display at Christmas Artist Open houses and were keen to display again as part of the May Artist Open Houses. It has been so lovely seeing residents chatting to visitors about their work - it has boosted their confidence and reduced isolation. Some residents who hadn’t met before got chatting for the first time during the Artist Open Houses event in December and are now friends.”
Lanie, a resident at the venue, added: “Taking part in the Open House has been a fantastic experience. It is the first time I have shown my work. I have enjoyed meeting people and taking to them about my work. I really enjoyed working towards displaying my work, it was a creative inspiration and goal to work towards. Having such positive comments about my work has boosted my confidence.”
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