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Full of Life at the Dulwich Picture Gallery

I conceived this collaborative project and developed it working closely with the Good Times team at Dulwich Picture Gallery. I worked with a core older peoples group to develop the artwork and enable them to work as group, develop an large site specific installation which none of them had experience of previously. As well as paintings from over 100 participants there were models, tracings and maps created. Two participants created poems especially for the project as well. It was delightful getting to know so many older participants and enabling them to be creative in new ways.

For this project I undertook specialist dementia training and worked with over 100 older people of all different ages and abilities.

The gallery says:

In an ambitious project, nearly 100 older people attended outreach sessions at local community centres and residential care facilities and created watercolours and collages inspired by the Gallery's most recent exhibition 'Art and Life'. A selection of the work was then curated by a management team of older people and integrated into one large vinyl artwork with guidance from glass artist Binita Walia. The installation is now displayed along the Gallery's cloister windows creating a dazzling light and colour spectacle.

Dulwich Picture Gallery celebrated U.N. International Day of Older Persons with 'Full of Life', a site-specific, collaborative installation both created and curated by older people. The work was on display until 5 October 2014.