Working together in peoples own homes, we will create our visual centre point, an embroidered quilt. A poem and song soundtrack will be inspired by lullabies. Text, image, dialogue, crafts and music will all combine. Lullabies bring calm and comfort, and also tell insightful stories that pass on the depth of human experience from generation to generation.
We will work with The Institute of Mental Health, who will produce an independent report, pinpointing learning points and exploring the significance of this type of focussed work with a marginalised group. The aim is to achieve a new model of artistic practice with isolated older people. Loneliness is a huge problem for older people, The Campaign to End Loneliness states: Making art develops intimate connections […] it counters loneliness, brings togetherness/intimacy, builds confidence, enhances feelings of being valued.
Artist Lois Blackburn will lead the quilt design and making, poet Philip Davenport will lead the creative writing. We are excited to be working with singer songwriter Matt Hill aka The Quiet Loner, again, who will take the lead with creating new lullabies.
We will celebrate the work with community/participant events, and a 12-month exhibition tour.
A Necklace of Stars, is supported by Arts Council England, Arts Derbyshire, DCC Public Health and Derbyshire County Council Home Library Service.