We are delighted to announce that City Arts is part a consortium that has secured £248,000 to bring high quality arts to older people living in care homes in the Nottingham. We will be co-ordinating the project, which is one of only four nationally to be awarded money as part of Arts Council England and The Baring Foundation’s Arts and older people in care programme. The bid’s success means that City Arts has helped bring over £1.75 million in arts funding to Nottingham & Nottinghamshire in the past year.
Older people in residential care can often feel isolated and socially excluded. City Arts has seen the positive impact that the arts can have on the lives of older people in care. Art can promote a sense of identity, offer new opportunities for self-expression, improve confidence and help people build new friendships. The 3-year project will use the arts to enrich the lives of older residents, better involve them in the wider community and support them to connect with people of all ages.
We are excited to be working with international care provider, Abbeyfield Society (who are the lead partner), Nottingham City Council, Nottingham arts organisations and academic researchers from the University of Nottingham. All of us share the vision that older people in care are entitled to the best quality of life possible, which includes the pleasure and benefits that experiencing great art can bring.
This project will give older people in care access to the artistic events and performances the rest of us can enjoy. It will offer them the opportunity to be creative and involve them in commissioning new artwork. Ideas for the project include setting up choirs, running group gallery visits hosted by expert artists and using the latest Internet technology to live stream performances from venues such as Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham Playhouse and Lakeside into residential care homes.
We will share what we learn from this project with care homes and arts organisations across the country. It is a fantastic opportunity to put Nottingham on the map and recognise older members of our community, their life experiences and zest for life.