For Dementia Awareness Week we are having an exhibition of recent Resonate artwork at Chelsea Theatre, 7 World's End, Kings Road Place London, SW10 ODR, with a private view on Monday 16th May 4.30-6.30 (please RSVP if you would like to come). The exhibition continues at the theatre til Monday May 30th. We are showing the Snapshots photo exhibition, work from a current Creative Befriending project and artwork from a recent mosaic project in the Cahmeerlain Centre in Kensington & Chelsea. To get to the theatre you take the tube to Sloane Square and then a bus up the Kings Road, about 10 mins.
The Snapshots BLOG is now live on our website! We will be posting a new story based on an artists' visits to all the participants from the 2015 Remembering Together project to see how they were displaying their artwork in their homes. We will put up a new blog weekly til they are all up so do keep a look out. NB Next blog will be on the website on Monday 22nd May
Meanwhile elsewhere in London… artists Iris Musel and Sarah Lott have been working at the Pullen Day Centre creating Musical Memory Boxes and some of the artwork will be on display at Westminster Archives during Dementia Awareness Week. The archives are behind Westminster Abbey at 10 St Ann's St, London SW1P 2DE and are open 10-7pm Tues to Thursday and 10-5pm Fri and Sat. NB If you would like to come along to the celebration with the participants at the Pullen Centre on Monday May 23rd then do get in touch
If you happen to be in Fulham library pop in to see a banner and some photos from the lovely mosaic project at St Vincent's day centre with artist Seiwa Cunningham. The library is open 10-8pm Monday to Thursday, 10-5pm Friday and Saturday and 11-5pm on Sunday, and is at 598 Fulham Rd, London SW6 5NX
NB This month there is no Music for The Moment concert as the students at the Academy are busy with exams and end of year recitals. The next concert will be on Thursday June 30th at Marylebone Church. However there is a special concert for Carers Week on Tuesday June 7th at 11am with the Heath Quartet at Wigmore Hall, for which there wil be a small cost of £3 to include refreshments
The Living Words poetry project at the Butterworth Centre held a celebration event for the residents and staff who had worked with the artists and graphic designer. The participants were presented with their poetry books after extracts from each were read out, and staff were presented with certificates for undergoing the training sessions held at the home. In the eveining the artists hosted a panel discussion at the Dementia Research Centre in Holborn to examine their experiences of the work before they go into the devising process for a performance that will be shown at the Folkestone Normal? Festival at the Quarterhouse on Friday May 27th
This month there are two Music for The Moment concerts: Friday April 8th at Wigmore hall and Thursday April 28th at Marylebone Church
We have begun to put out listings on the website so see News for more information about what is going on for people living with dementia in the boroughs of Westminster, Kensington & Chelsea and Hammersmith & Fulham
Artist Sarah Gudgin, one of the apprentices on the Remembering Together project, has been visiting all the partiicpants in their homes to talk to them about the artwork that was created for them at the end of the project. She wil be posting a log on the website in May to coincide with Dementia Awareness Week and putting together an exhibition fof the Chelsea Theatre. Apart from meeting with old friends, this is a chance for her to evaluate the impact the project and the artwork has had on particpants.
This month we say goodbye to Visiting Arts who we shared an office with and have enjoyed spreading out in the space!
Kathryn supported the V & A learning in an away day for artists working on their dementia programme. The V & A are planning an event for carers during Dementia Awareness Week we will input to wtih aq creative workshop session
Artists Sarah Lott and Iris Musel are starting a new project at Pullen Day Centre in Pimlico, creating Musical Memory Boxes with the day centre users. Each week the participants will share poems, songs and stories and create something for their memory box based on a different aspect of their personal histories. Their are some lovely singing voices and everyone loves to sing, so they are choosing their favourite song to create a wind up music box
Our next Music for the Moment concert series for people with dementia and their friends is on Thursday 25th February at 2.30 at St Marylebone Parish Church (no need to book)
Happy new year to all! We are busy matching the new Creative Befrienders volunteers with people in their own homes and there is lots else to look forward to at the start of the year with a new mosaic project and a
new Music for Thought project with the Royal Academy of Music and
Wigmore Hall, plus lots more! Our next Music for the Moment concert series for people
with dementia and their friends is on Thursday 28th January at 2.30 at St Marylebone Parish Church (no need to book). We welcome Rebecca Milner to the team on placement with us from Goldsmiths University
We have now held two training sessions for new Creative Befrienders and are very excited about the new team - we are going to be placing them with people across all three boroughs in the triborough health area ie Westminster, Hammersmith & Fulham and Kensington & Chelsea which is a first. We presented about offering poetry interventions across three different care settings at the Creative Approaches to Dementia conference in Bristol.
This year's Dementia Congress in Telford saw us presenting on our Creative Befriender programme alongside presentations from West Yorkshire Playhouse and Liverpool Museum's house of Memories. We are busy recruiting for new Creative Befrienders - volunteer artists to work one to one in people's own homes, chatting about all things creative and creating art and visiting galleries, concerts, theatre etc together, so do get in touch if you are interested. The stunning artwork from the Remembering Together project was given to the participants in a very moving get together event where we also saw the film of the whole project made by Viveka Chauhan. It is obvious we will have to mount an exhibition of the artwork in photo format as taking it away from its rightful owners would be cruel!
On October 23rd we have the next in the Music for The Moment series at 2.30 at Marylebone Parish Church. Hao Zi Yoh, who was involved inthe Music for Thought project in Kensington & Chelsea will perform a programme of piano music.
October 8th is National Poetry Day so here is a little taste of one of the Come into the Garden poems. We hosted another event on Friday October 4th as part fo the Age UK Health Fair at Kensington Town Hall to share some of the poems, read by participants, who are getting quite a taste for performing.
The Music of the Garden
In the garden
There is music.
The whoosh of children running -
One brother, seven sisters -
The incantation of the Mother,
"Today another three flowers opening,
Today another five.."
Hymns from the church two doors down,
The silence of the mountain.
A subtle score
She does not know
But finds in the piano
At the age of five
And later plays
With passionate virtuosity
On the Concert Grand.
The pink and white flowers,
The strawberries and figs,
The giant oranges,
The picking and the eating
Echo in the keys.
In the garden
There is music.
- written by Di Sherlock with Shizue
Di Sherlock, who created
the beautiful poems in the Come into the Garden poetry project, is performing a reading of her poems on Thursday 24th
September at 7.30 at Omnibus, 1 Clapham Common Northside, London SW4
0QW, tickets £10, £8 concession from omnibus-clapham.org or 020 7498
4699. Come into the Garden is a series of poems written in
response to her mother's expereince of vascular dementia. Accompanied by
live music, the poems describe the confusion, the bravery, the love and
the absurdly funny moments. Performed by Di Sherlock, Nell Dunn, Anna
Raeburn with solo clarinet accompaniment by Neyire Ashworth, the
perormance wil be followed by a Q & A with speakers from the
Alzheimers Society. http://omnibus-clapham.org/event/come-into-the-garden/
We are taking bookings for an art and music event at the Wallace Collection and Wigmore Hall as part of Silver Sunday on October 4th 12-4pm; also the Big Draw at the Wallace Collection on October 21st 2-4pm. Please contact email@example.com for details and to book.
Friday September 25th sees the third in our concert series Music for the Moment with musicians from Royal Academy of Music at Marylebone Parish Church at 2.30pm. Alicia Gurney who was one of the musicians on our recent Music for Thought project in Kensington & Chelsea will be offering a lovely programme of vocal music.
The mosaic project at St Vincent's Day Centre continued through the month, creating a series of beautiful artworks as the paricipants design the final mosaic for the garden.
We continue to support people to get to lunchtime concerts for example at St James' Piccadilly and the Holland Park Opera afternoon concert at St Cuthbert. Lucy offered a taster printing workshop to carers in Hammersmith & Fulham to get to know people there.
A new Music for Thought took place in Kensington & Chelsea at St Cuthbert's Community Hall, resulting in a CD of music for all the participants including original composition and lyrics.
We were very excited to double attendance at a second Music for the Moment concert at Marylebone Parish Church, only the second one! The artist was Mary Reid, the harpist who had worked with people during Music for Thought.
The Come into the Garden poems were performed again during a poetry workshop at Cremorne Club Room and an anthology of all the work will be drawn together in the autumn.
Lucy Warren our new Resonate Projects Co-ordinator is getting about meeting people and offering taster workshops, supporting sessions at the Victoria & Albert.
Creativity and Wellbeing Week and
Carers' Week saw us at Victoria library for a beautiful afternoon of poetry created by Di Sherlock with
people from the memory cafes in Kensington & Chelsea and
Westminster, read by Di and some of the participants . The place was packed to the rafters with visitors, participants and curious locals, and we took the opportunity to celebrate the 80th birthday of one of the participants. The poems were performed again later in the week at another CAWB event at Paddington Arts.
At the end of the month we welcomed Lucy Warren to the organisation as Resonate Projects Co-ordinator.
Celebrating Dementia Awareness Week, Westminster Arts has mounted the Pullen mosaic artwork All the Flowers in Pimlico library. A poetry session place took place at Wigmore Hall with writer Di Sherlock to create poems that will be read by Di alongside some of the participants at a tea party event at Victoria Library, 160 Buckingham Palace Rd, London SW1W 9TR at 3.30pm on June 10th. The event is part of Creativity and Wellbeing Week and also Carers' Week. Places are limited so to book a place email firstname.lastname@example.org
Remembering Together has now begun with 10 people living with dementia and their family carers. Twelve apprentices, including a film-maker who will document the project, have also begun, following a two day training with Pam Schweitzer of the European Reminiscence Network.
Please note, applications for the Resonate Projects Co-ordinator are now closed.
Theatre director and librettist Diane Sherlock has written a beautiful book of poems, entitled Come into the Garden about her mother's experience of dementia. She has also been creating poetry with people living with dementia in Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster and will offer these together in an informal sharing on June 10th at 3.30pm as part of the Creativity and Wellbeing Week and Carers' Week. There will be time to discuss the work over refreshments. All the Flowers, artwork and photos from a project to create mosaics at Pullen Day Centre will also be shown
Susanna Howard of Living Words who has run several poetry residencies in care homes with Resonate has recently developed her one woman show which was originally funded by Westminster Arts. 'Crackpot' will be performed at the Quarterhouse Theatre in Folkestone, Kent on on Friday 22 May, 8.15pm. Bookings on 01303 760750 or www.quarterhouse.com
The Music for Thought project with Wigmore Hall and Royal Academy of Music has culminated in a CD of original music and folk songs performed by the group who got together to hear the music for the first time to the great delight of all. Meanwhile, the artwork from the Pullen mosaic project has been on display at the Abbey Community Centre.
We will be running another Remembering Yesterday, Caring Today apprenticeship programme with funds from the European Reminiscence Network in Westminster. This lovely project, called Remembering Together in Westminster, brings people living with a dementia together with family members or long term friends to look at times shared using art, music, drama, poetry etc
Following the successful securing of funds form the local Clinical Commissioning Groups, new links are being made across the three borough area of Kensington & Chelsea, Hammersmith & Fulham and Westminster. This will really make a difference to the work of the Resonate Programme. The participants from the Remembering Together project got back together to celebrate the beautiful artwork created for them by the apprentices, which then went on tour to the Westminster Memory Cafe and in libraries at the launch events for the Reading Well books on dementia across the three boroughs of Westminster, Hammersmith & Fulham and Kensington & Chelsea
The apprentices from the Remembering Together project are busy creating the artwork for the couple that they worked with ready for a celebration event on January 9th 2015.
Wishing all the very best for the festive season to all our friends and colleagues.
We are delighted that Pam Schweitzer, who developed Remembering Yesterday, Caring Today that our Remembering Together project is based on, was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Dementia Congress at a star studded awards ceremony.
Team Resonate raised spirits and cash for the Resonate programme at Marshall Street baths on October 12th. You can still give at the My4Donate website, every penny is most welcome.
How about sponsoring Team Resonate in their intrepid swim at Marshall Street baths on October 12th. Just visit our
MyDonate website, it’s all very simple and you will get a cheery message in your inbox! What greater incentive could you possibly need?
We are still have spaces on our course in Reminiscence Arts led by Pam Schweitzer, Director of the European Reminiscence Network, 16th -17th July. The price of the two day course is a very competitive £100. To book, or to join a waiting list for the apprenticeship scheme, email email@example.com
It’s National Care Homes Open Day on Friday and Susanna Howard of Living Words is presenting some of the wonderful poetry she has created with residents at Meadows House in Kidbrooke as part of Resonate.
Last week was National Carers Week and we had the first session of the Kensington and Chelsea Remembering Yesterday Caring Today project in association with Age UK.
Dementia Awareness Week 2014
May 19th is the start of Dementia Awareness Week and with a great ground swell of interest in dementia this year looks set to be full of interesting offers from workshop to the Dementia Friends sessions for the public.
Westminster Arts are offering a dementia awareness session for frontline staff at the Victoria and Albert. Some of the staff will be involved in arts sessions this summer delivered by Age Exchange which we are supporting. It’s great to see large cultural institutions taking up the challenge to be more ‘dementia friendly’.
After 10 wonderful years in the role Mary-Alice Stack is standing down as Chair of Westminster Arts. She is being replaced by Jude Sweeting, Head of Quality and Enjoyment at Ladder to the Moon, who brings years of experience within the field of dementia and the arts to the role. Jude was very involved in the work of Westminster Arts when she was the Dementia Development Officer for Westminster so knows the organisation’s work well. We are delighted to make this appointment and look forward to working with Jude on new and exciting developments.
13 November 2013
A revealing and reflective dementia day at Arts of Wellbeing.
20 people including music therapists, carers and people with varying degrees of dementia assembled around a stack of percussive instruments – from the Wigmore Hall’s Music for Life programme, dedicated to providing music sessions for people with dementia – and were led in an interactive session by professional musicians.
The Royal Academy of Arts presentation described how it engages older in their permanent collection through multi-sensory sessions. While Resonate, the Westminster Arts programme was introduced by Kathryn Gilfoy who screened wonderful animations of people’s life memories created on site in care homes with Salmagundi Film. But it was David Little who so beautifully portrayed Domenica in his stunning 10 minute film Le Peregrinazioni. Since her husband died, the onset of dementia seems to encourage her to draw lines and flowers that fill dozens of sketch books as she talks about her memories.
Care workers and people at varying stages of dementia and family members attended English National Ballet’s workshop and discussion. Accompanied by a musician and ballet facilitator, it was an informative and fun session that reached out a creative hand to people at risk of isolation.
David Clegg who has spent 10,000 hours listening to people with dementia and piecing together their stories, gave a brilliant talk. He gave an insight to his new project Room 21, where 2 of the 3 tenants who occupied the same room (at different times), thought there was a river under the floor connecting them to their past.
As the audience listened intently, I really appreciated how artists are able to express and share the thoughts and minds of people who have lost or are losing the ability to themselves.
Join us for further subjects and approaches this Wed-Fri – see http://thecockpit.org.uk/wellbeing and @cockpittheatre
Creative Producer for Arts of Wellbeing, Westminster Arts
12 November 2013
When Westminster Arts set up a programme showcasing how the arts can impact on health – therapies and art classes could have fitted the bill – but would have overlooked the many original projects and performances that are pushing boundaries even further. Artists, directors and writers are making provocative, original work that responds to distressing truths about subjects such as rape and acid attacks.
On our first day of Arts of Wellbeing 2013 – a week-long programme of performances, workshops and talks – I experienced a dance performance with Q&A between a group of Bengali women – who had never been to the Cockpit despite living a stones throw from it – and the chief executive of the Acid Survivors Trust, an International organization with over 300 staff in at least 5 countries. We all came away with a strong sense of responsibility and will to raise awareness of these horrendous crimes, and like Amina Khayyam Dance Company did today, feel determined through the power of the arts.
In the studio upstairs, and on the sorrowful day after the typhoon in the Philippines, a dance and music workshop for 3-6 year olds entranced the little kiddies, their nursery teachers and mums, with forest sounds created by bamboo instruments, gongs and the clopping of coconut shells. The experience gave so much joy and was adorable to see – a reminder that such as beautiful craft could be lost to history, if not shared.
To end the day,
The Cockpit’s award-winning programme Theatre in the Pound was a packed wellbeing special with six brand new 15 minute comedy and physical theatre shorts around subjects such as memory loss, eating disorders, mental health and bullying. This has to be the best broke in London deal– for only £1 you get to see 6 premieres, have the chance to tell the directors and actors what you think of it, and come away feeling ever so well…a human being.
Creative Producer for Arts of Wellbeing, Westminster Arts
11- 15 November 2013
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