Holme Valley Sharing Memories are running weekly art sessions for people to create textile based artwork ranging from collage to felt making. Run by professional artists, attendees are guided through the sessions, learning new art skills and techniques as they go.
The artwork created, which should include over 100 individual textile windows will be displayed at an exhibition at the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield.
Holme Valley Sharing Memories is a group of 12 elderly people (all in their 70s, 80s and 90s) who work with people accessing the Trust’s mental health services in Kirklees as well as the Packhorse Gallery.
Through this project, the team aim to:
- address issues of social isolation in older people and people with mental health issues
- address stereotypes of what can be achieved by older people, young people with additional needs and adults with mental health issues
- bring generations together to share their life experiences and expertise
- teach new art skills to all participants, which can be passed on to others
- improve health and wellbeing by offering social opportunities where people are working together on a shared project
- develop confidence and self-esteem in participants who are socially isolated
- give the work of older people and mental health users a public profile
Taking part in the group is also an opportunity for participants to find a new creative avenue through which they can express themselves. The flexible and creative approach through which the sessions are delivered enables all to participate, taking in to account their needs.
The exhibition will showcase the artistic achievements of all involved – hopefully addressing the stigma and negative stereotypes surrounding characteristics such as old age, mental health and learning disabilities.