We are working with residents to support their ‘Memory Cafe’ opened in/ May 2015 at Ibbison Community Center.
We are putting together suitcases to include photographs and memorabilia for residents and people who come along to the cafe to look at and add to.
The idea is for local memories to be included in the cases. By keeping memories and having interactive local information available at the cafe this will also help support people who’s lives are affected by dementia and keep the history of the area alive for people of all ages. There are many local residents here who have a wealth of knowledge and memories to share. We hope to encourage an intergenerational exchange of this history as part of our creative working practice.
We have been gathering some 1950’s stories and read them to people at the Memory Cafe before placing them in to the 1950’s suitcase.
Creative workshops at Ibbison Community Center Blackpool
Funded by ‘Friends of Muir Housing’
and the Blackpool Area Forum
Over the next 6 months we have booked 5 artists to facilitate workshops for older members of the Revoe community. We are aiming to support volunteers who run their own groups and work hard for their community to learn new creative skills that can be passed on to more individuals of all ages.
By targeting specific individuals who already work with their own groups we hope to maximize the effect of the workshops on the community.
Below are the dates for the workshops taking place at Ibbison Community Center. Funded by the local area forum and Friends of Muir Housing.
July 28th Pottery with Jeanette Lawton
August 18th Silk Painting with Tina Lane
The above workshops have now been carried out successfully. We would like to thank our two artists Jeanette and Tina for their engaging and interesting workshops.
Now looking forward to Linzi Cason – Squirrel and Tiffin
taking us through the process of screen printing in the next workshop
September 15th screen printing with Linzi Cason
October 13th Glass art with Colette Halstead
November 24th Collage and Poetry: making items for Christmas with Kate Eggleston -Wirtz
Please look at the websites of these artists for more information on their work.
These artists are all based on the Fylde coast and have a wealth of experience working with community groups individuals and local organisations.
In December Boz Phillips and Mr Dee will be running a family needlework workshop – ‘Graffiti Cross Stitch’ workshop on a Monday night
Up to 5 family places available
Some participants from the 5 previous workshops will be able to support us with the family workshop and gain experience of intergenerational art practice.
These workshops will lead on to further opportunities for community creativity over the following twelve months.
We participated in the Festival of Stories at Lytham Arts Festival on August 7th – 9th 2015 and had a fantastic time. Thank you to Alex for all her hard work organising the Festival
This looks like being an exiting event for Lytham and the Fylde Coast
Mr Dee will be working with poet Mark Mace Smith
Workshop participants produced graffiti at the skate park at Lytham Park View
We have also secured support again this year from POSCA pens who have sponsored us with pens to use in our workshops with older participants as well as with our younger participants.
New for 2015
We are undertaking research in to working with people and the carers of people with Dementia thanks to funding from Blackpool ‘LeftCoast’.
During April we met with
‘Magic Me ‘ http://magicme.co.uk/
with regards their and our intergenerational projects in London.
Sydenham Garden http://www.sydenhamgarden.org.uk/
In September we hope to visit Norther Ireland to take in murals and art works there funded by LeftCoast as part of our research.