2018 Artist Residency
We hope to foster an understanding of the value of the arts and creative activity, particularly in a care setting, and demonstrate and celebrate the positive impact of ageing creatively.
Artist in Residence a Care Setting initiative 2018
Fairland Collective is a group of visual artists who collaborate together on socially-engaged art projects. They produce work that recognises and prompts creativity in daily life, often using cooking and meals to engage networks of people and communities. Through art and action, their work facilitates encounters that imagine and create new common ways of working and living together.
Over the course of three months the Fairland Collective worked with the staff and residents of St Joseph’s Day Care Centre in Shankhill Dublin, a care setting specialising in Dementia care.
As part of the residency Fairland Collective created Tea House – a multi-sensory space for drinking tea, which was developed collaboratively with the residents of St Joseph’s. The intention is for Tea House to be full of colour and rich in smells, but also familiar – celebrating the everyday ritual of drinking tea. To realise this the artists and residents worked to create a variety of objects – including ceramics, hand-printed linens, and flower arrangements – through workshops, conversations and many shared pots of tea.
“We are excited to have this fantastic opportunity to collaborate with the staff and residents of St. Joseph’s Day Care Centre. We envisage Tea House as a warm and uniquely personalised space, which celebrates the imperfection of handmade things. Drawing on the ‘Butterfly Model of Care’ offered by St Joseph’s, Tea House will provide space and time for moments of enchantment and creativity in everyday life, for residents, staff and visitors” – Fairland Collective.
The 2018 Age & Opportunity Artist in Residence in a Car Setting was funded by the Arts Council of Ireland.
We believe that, whether you are 8 or 80 years old, we all should have access and opportunities to attend and participate in the arts and to realise our creative potential. Fresh thinking, bold experimentation and creativity are all fundamental to delivering a high quality of life for older people.
Research shows that arts programmes involving music, visual arts and drama, among other activities, have a profound influence on the quality of life of older people, with positive impacts on health, psychological well-being, confidence and autonomy as well as other benefits such as:
- mental wellbeing
- reduced stress
- improved cognition
- sense of identity and personhood
- increased self-esteem and confidence
- reduced boredom.