This week three local teenagers revealed art works they have created depicting the lives of residents at Windlesham Manor care home in Crowborough.
Beacon Academy’s Year 9 student Katie, and former students Sam and Eve, were paired with Windlesham residents, Edith, Gaye and Doreen. Over the summer the young people spent time getting to know their partners, finding-out about their lives, taking photos and gathering information to support their research.
I enjoyed getting to know Doreen and hear about the fascinating things she has done in her life.
Artytime is a Crowborough-based not-for-profit with a mission to bring arts and craft to all ages and abilities. Founder, Beverly Pashley, explained they are planning to repeat the project during October half-term:
Life Lines is a real living history project that offers enormous benefits to both the students and their partners.
Some of the residents remembered the war years and rationing, the technology they used, or lack of, in their chosen professions and general life in yesteryear’s.
It is a really important and interesting project for young people to be involved in – we plan to run another project in October this year. The project is open to all aged 14 to 22 with a ‘have a go attitude’ – art techniques will be discussed so don’t feel you need to be a budding Leonardo Da Vinci.
Katie described the significance of the roses and mountains:
I have put mountains in my art piece to represent Switzerland as Edith and her husband used to go there a lot. There is sheet music in the piece to represent the music in her life. The roses represent each child Edith has helped. The big pink rose represents Edith and the vines shows Edith’s connection with them and how Edith is sharing the love around with everyone.
All art materials and a project manager were provided by Artytime, a Community Interest Company.
Artytime is now offering other young people opportunities to get involved in a number of rewarding and enjoyable activities, including the next Life Lines as well as a street art project in Jarvis Brook.
Please contact Beverly Pashley at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about how you can get involved.