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June 2017

Resonate Arts are currently recruiting for our exciting Creative Befrienders, deadline Thursday 8th June for training day Saturday 10th June 2017. Find out more about Resonate's Creative Befriending Opportunity!

May 2017

After a fantastic first year collaborating with Opera Holland Park​Opera for Thought is back this May! This is a unique opportunity to explore the opera Don Giovanni with Opera Holland Park. Each week singers and musicians from the company will join the group to perform for us, discuss the opera, and of course have plenty of tea and cake together. The project culminates mid-June with a lunch party at Opera Holland Park and attending the matinee performance of Don Giovanni!  This year's places are already full but contact Lucy if projects like this would be of interest to you. lucy@westminsterarts.org.uk 

Don't forget that Dementia Awareness Week is this month between 14th- 20th May 2017, check out events​ close to you and how to get involved. 

As well as our monthly lists of things to do across the Tri-borough included in our calendar at the top of the page, this month you'll find extra events we are hosting as part of DAW. Here are the lists for Westminster, Kensington & Chelsea and Hammersmith and Fulham​.

 

April 2017

Westminster Arts are thrilled to be working in collaboration with artist Zoe Gilmour, residents and staff at St Vincent's Care Home in Hammersmith and Fulham and the V&A Museum. This four week project will involve a series of multi-disciplinary creative activities and interventions inspired by the V&A's Gilbert Collection, making and creating in group settings and working one-to-one at bedsides. Have a look at Lucy's recent blog on the V & A website​ which gives much more information about the project and the intriguing Gilbert Collection​

 

March 2017

Remembering Together has begun with a lovely group of participants from across Westminster all bringing their incredible life stories and experiences to our weekly Monday afternoon workshops. These sessions are ran by Kathryn and Caroline with support from the European Reminiscence Network in collaboration with this year's apprentices. 

In other news, we are delighted to welcome our new part time Project Assistant and Administrator Emma to the team. Emma is a Creative Practitioner that works predominately making participatory performance and is really excited to join our small but mighty team! You'll no doubt meet her across the projects at some point.​


Febuary 2017

We are recruiting for apprentices for the next Remembering Together project. Dates of project session are Mondays 3.30-5.15pm March 20th to June 19th (your commitment would be 2.30-6.30pm) Training dates 9.30am-5pm Wed 8th and Thursday 9th March with Pam Schweitzer, Director European Reminiscence Network. 

Training details available here: 2017- RYCT Training

NB - Can be undertaken without going on to complete the apprenticeship

 

We are also recruiting for  participants for Remembering Together, a 12 week project on Mondays 3.30-5.15pm for people living with a dementia and their family carer together, starting in March. We use a range of arts activities to explore shared memories and stories. Contact Kathryn on 0207312 2702 or kathryn@westminsterarts.org.uk for more information or to make a referral.


January 2017

We are holding our next Creative Befrienders training day on Saturday February 18th, 10am - 5pm at the ICA. If you are interested in working with someone living with dementia in their own home, please see application details here - Creative Befrienders 2017 advert please send your CV and cover letter to Lucy at lucy@westminsterarts.org.uk by 5pm February 16th.


December 2016​

We are recruiting! Projects Assistant/ Administrator - to support the Director and Projects Co-ordinator to develop a wide range of arts projects with people living with dementia in the south of Westminster/Kensington & Chelsea, and to offer administrative support to the team. 

J​ob description and Person Specification here: Westminster Arts Projects Assistant Administrator​

  • ​​2 days/ week (flexible on days)
  • ​Deadline for applications: ​5pm ​20th January 2017
  • Interviews: Friday 27th January 2017​

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October 2016

​In October we ran three fun workshops with Alex Hirtzel and The Wallace Collection for Big Draw 2016. A group went to the Wallace Collection to explore objects from​ their fabulous porcelain collection and be inspired to decorate their own crockery to take home. Lucy, Alex and Edwina from the Wallace also took some of the procelain collecion to Quest Day Centre where participants designed and made their own pattern-inspired tablecloth, and delivered a session with Nubian Life Day Centre inspired by an Asanti Mask from the collection to celebrate Black History Month.


September 2016

We are running a new Music for Thought project in Hammersmith - a 6 week music project with musicians from the Royal Academy of Music beginning 9th November at  Age Uk Resource Centre, 105 Greyhound Road. Please contact Lucy on 020 73212702 or lucy@westminsterarts.org.uk to make a referral or for further information

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Aug​​ust 2016

We are working with the Wallace Collection and Paintings in Hospitals on a project to highlight the upcoming exhibition of Tom Ellis at the Wallace. Participants at the Victoria Memory Café looked at his work and responded with charcoal drawings, which will be on display at the Wallace when we visit to see the exhibition in September.

As there is no Music for the Moment concert this month, if anyone would like to join us for a lunchtime concert on Wed 17th August Kathryn is going to St James' Picadilly for a concert as partof the Beethoven festival, and Lucy is going along to music in the atrium at St Paul's, Hammersmith.  Let us know to look out for you on 020 7322 2702 or kathryn@westminsterarts.org.uk /  lucy@westminsterarts.org.uk​ and we will go for a coffee afterwards locally. 

​We are recruiting for new Creative Befrienders to visit people in their own homes: the next training day is August 20th 

Creative Befrienders 2016 advert - please contact us if you are interested​​

 

July 2016

Our Music for the Moment concert series had its season finale at Wigmore Hall: 95 people attended for truly wonderful performances by pianist Hao Zi Yoh  and harpist Mary Reid. The next concert will be at St Marylebone Parish Church on September 16th 2.30-4pm

We also celebrated the Musical Memory Boxes' return to the Pullen Centre where they were made with artists Iris Musel and Sarah Lott. The group made lavender bags to add to their boxes, after their extensive tour to Whiteleys Shopping Centre for the Housing & Care 21 Dementia Awareness Week event, Chelsea Theatre, a Dementia Friends session at Paddington Library, the Victoria  & Albert conference and Westminster Archives. The participants were delighted to be able to take their boxes home to show family and friends, and we have been hearing lovely feedback ever since: 'I am so proud of her. I'll keep going through the box with her. And will keep telling her how talented she is.' – proud daughter of one of the participants about her mum's box


June 2016

Congratulations due!! Jessica Mcdermott, one of our wonderful Creative Befrienders, recieved a ​certificate of Highly Recommended at the Westminster Community Awards on Wednesday June 1st.  Jessica was awareded with a framed certificate for the Sir Simon Milton Foundation Award by Lisa Milton, Simon's brother, and the new mayor of Kensington & Chelsea Cllr Steve Summers. The award came with a cheque for £250 for Westminster Arts. Jessica worked for a year with 94 year old Gina using a range of arts techniques. They created a portrait photograph using various elements of Gina's life which is showcased on the Photographer's Gallery website. Jessica is now doing a similar Creative Befrienders project with Susan, you can see her work here - http://jessicamcdermott.com/​ 

 

​May 2​016

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

April 2​016

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



March 2​016

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


February 2​016

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)


January 2​016

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​


December 2​015

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.


November 2​015

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!


October 2​015

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 on​​​​e 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.

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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

She hears,

But finds in the piano

At the age of five

And later plays

With passionate virtuosity

On the Concert Grand.

Schubert, Schumann..

           

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


September 2015

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 info@westminsterarts.org.uk 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.


August 2015

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.


July 2015

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.

June 2015

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.

May 2015

​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 kathryn@westminsterarts.org.uk

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.

April 2015

T​heatre 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


March 2015

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.


February 2015

​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


January 2015

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 bo​​roughs of Westminster, Hammersmith & Fulham and Kensington & Chelsea

December 2014

The a​​pprentices 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.


November 2014

​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. 


October 2014

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?


June 2015

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 kathryn@westminsterarts.org.uk
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.​

May 2014

 

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’.

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April 2014

 

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.

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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

 

Beth

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.

 

Beth

Creative Producer for Arts of Wellbeing, Westminster Arts

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11- 15 November 2013​​

Our full Arts of Wellbeing Festival programme has now been published!

Download a copy now

For further information and ticket reservations please email us on info@westminsterarts.org.uk

 

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