A collaboration between artists and a hospice has reminded everyone involved of the importance of artistic expression, writes Jane Wells.
The Art at Ashgate was an Arts Council funded project developed in partnership by Ashgate Hospicecare and Junction Arts. It comprised of two artists residencies and had a number of aims, including:
- Making high quality arts accessible to people at a time when seeking out such opportunities is difficult
- Supporting professional artists to acquire the skills and experience to work successfully in the palliative care setting.
- Finding new ways to integrate the arts into our care.
Artists Fi Burke and Miriam Robinson were appointed and the first residency in early 2020 went pretty much to plan. The second residency however was entirely different. Lockdown resulted in long delays followed by the need to develop new ways of working because there could be no face- to- face activity. This was a steep learning curve for everyone involved, staff, clients and patients... Keep reading on Culture Health and Wellbeing Alliance.