Dementia arts exhibition ready to tour south Lincolnshire

LOST & FOUND: South Holland artist Ernie Butler works with a care home resident during a weekly arts session funded by Arts Council England.  Photo by the Lost and Found Project.
LOST & FOUND: South Holland artist Ernie Butler works with a care home resident during a weekly arts session funded by Arts Council England. Photo by the Lost and Found Project.

A project where residents at care homes in Moulton and three Lincolnshire towns have produced artwork is to tour next month.

The project, called ‘Lost and Found’, ends tomorrow after a series of weekly creative sessions at each of the homes over a ten-week period.

The aim of the exhibition is to raise awareness of issues faced by older adults in care homes

Carol Parker, ‘Lost and Found’ Creative Sessions, Lincolnshire

South Holland artists Ernie Butler and Carol Parker have helped adults with dementia at Abbeygate Rest Home and care homes in Bourne, Boston and Grantham to communicate through art.

Carol said: “This is a project funded by Arts Council England where we worked with vulnerable groups in care homes while they were all engaged in an extreme cross stitch activity.

“We’ve been working collaboratively because we found that two artists are needed when working with dementia patients so they can have one-to-one attention.

“All four care homes are very different which is why we picked them, including Abbeygate where I’d run arts classes before. Staff there were really keen to carry on with the relationship and the aim of the exhibition is to raise awareness of issues faced by older adults in care homes.”

The exhibition runs from April 25 to July 18 and is ready to tour care homes, libraries and other community venues on invitation.

As part of the tour, a free training day for carers and care workers is taking place at Abbey Court Care Home in Falcon Way, off South Road, Bourne, on Thursday, April 27, from 2pm till 4pm.

Carol said: “Family members of care home residents joined in with the workshops and it was great to see them integrating with the residents, allowing the staff to see them in a different light.”

For more details about the training day, call Ernie on 07581 425722 or email ernie.butler@gmail.com