A very uplifting article for a rainy Monday. Read more here.
Beautiful article about a London artist and his contribution to a community. We like it.
Read the article in The Guardian.
If we could nominate...this project would be in our top 3 of best projects ever.
The Chandelier of Lost Earrings has brought many people together. Lauren Sagar and Sharon Campbell collected the earrings that were left behind when the other one got lost. These individual gifts come with amazing stories.
The installation is now exhibited at the lovely St Mary's hospital, a maternity ward in Manchester. It will move to Brunley in April.
More about the project you can find here.
Article taken from Norman Lebrecht's website:
A pilot study by a London organisation, Arts 4 Dementia (A4D), to be published later this month, has yielded significant indications of ways that artistic activity can help delay and offset the distressing aspects of dementia.
- 94% of people with dementia were energised, unstressed, happy and alert for at least 24 hours after an arts session
- The energising effect lasted for up to a week in 60% of participants with dementia
- Visual arts generated the greatest immediate sense of achievement
- Music and dance (both of which have a physical component) demonstrated a significantly longer energising effect than other art forms
- 84% of people with demntia recognised that they had learned new skills.
A total of 17 projects – in art, music, dance, theatre, poetry, photography and media – were evaluated. These attracted 209 participants – 128 people with dementia and 81 carers – and offered 119 workshops. Several people with dementia took part in multiple projects (one actually attended nine) and some were not in the early stages; overall,therefore,there were 93 assessments of people with early dementia, involving 41 different individuals. They were between 66 and 91 years old, with an average age of 77.
Participants strongly agreed that the course had enhanced their quality of life.The workshops were the highlight of their week. They valued the inspirational venue and creative challenge, as well as the collaborative social opportunity, and felt able to access creative responses. Of those with dementia,
• 99% felt more fulfilled through their creative achievement • 99% planned to develop their art, as this enriched their lives
• 97% recognised that creative activity overrides memory worries
• 89% claimed to feel more confident
• 84% recognised that they had learned new skills
• 75% felt more energetic and 75% keener to socialise
Carers enjoyed the creative, cultural and social opportunities – some discovering a new cultural world – and all were happier at their companions’ restored energy, interest and relief of stress.
According to carers, 94% of people with dementia stayed energised, unstressed, happy and alert overnight, 80% for three days, 60% for a week. Whereas visual arts generated a personal sense of achievement, participants in music and dance remained energised longer. Only 7% – whose partners were not in the early stages – noticed no change, indicating that this dynamic approach is particularly appropriate for people in the early stages of dementia.
Maggie's Cancer Caring Centres exemplify the importance of building design within healthcare, recovery and bereavement. Some of the biggest names in architecture such as Zaha Hadid, Frank Gehry and Richard Rogers donated their time to create these amazing centres.
Have a look at the Maggie's website for more information and to see the beautiful buildings or watch the video below.
The time that hospitals were decidedly boring is most definitely over.
At the Royal London Children’s Hospital the kids have their own Wonderland-looking playground with a fantastic interior, great toys and a giant interactive television.
The interactive game, Woodland Wiggle, allows kids to paint pictures and play music through their own movements. Whilst creating the game, the designer considered movements that would be the most beneficial to their health.
To know more about the artist Chris O’Shea, have a look on his website.
Arts to educate, a perfect example.
To read the whole article please visit The Guardian or click on the image above.
Only today we found out that Stephen Wiltshire also drew Hong Kong.
Stephen was diagnosed with autism at the age of 3. It didn't stop him to do some amazing things like sketching accurate cityscapes from memory.
If you want to know more about him, please check out his website or watch this stunning video.
Besides from being a very nice and inspirational man, Brian Chapman is also the director of Lime, an Arts in Health organisation in the Manchester area. You can listen to what he has to say about Arts & Health over the years, by clicking here.
Art is ageless.
Read a heartwarming article about an outreach programme for the elderly in the London area. Please click here to get to the article on the Guardian website.
Tell me and I will forget;
show me and I may remember;
involve me and I will understand.
Old Chinese Proverb