“Frost Inside the Window”: Care home residents share magical memories for interactive artwork

Date published: 19 Feb 2016

Posted by: Joe Pick

Camera man filming interactive artwork

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Recollections of “real lions in the Market Square” are amongst the memories shared by some of Nottingham’s older people in an art installation they created with local artists.

We worked with residents from Sycamore House and The Oaks, and visitors to Radford Care Group, to create the 6 by 12ft interactive artwork in the window of our Hockley premises. The amazing art installation shows that no matter what your age you can create exciting and innovative art.

Care home residents interact with art installation

Residents visited the artwork on the 12th February, touching areas of artist Joe Pick’s huge illustration to trigger their memories of the seasons. These are powered by conductive paint linked to a sound board. The artwork incorporates a projected stop motion animation, created by artist Graham Elstone and care home residents, and Mik Godley’s portraits, produced with the Brushes app for iPad.

Singalong with Care Home Residents

BBC East Midlands Today showed up to film the visit, as well as capturing a little of the special event we laid on for our guests where musicians Angela Warren and Paul Quinn led a rousing singalong to songs including Summertime, Autumn Leaves and Winter Wonderland.

Take a look at this unique art project in Nottingham, unlocking the memories of people with dementia. Just pressing a panel on this Hockley shop front means you can hear tales of times gone by in the city. Best friends Barbara and Mary, both in their 90s, are among those taking part.

Posted by BBC Radio Nottingham on Monday, 15 February 2016

The work will be on display until the 29th of February. It was created for the Imagine: Arts and Older People programme, one of only four arts projects in the country to be awarded money from Arts Council England and The Baring Foundation’s Arts and older people in care fund.