ArtFelt was an exciting arts project that brought together young children from an Edinburgh nursery and older people from a local care home to explore and celebrate their creativity.
This unique collaboration between Luminate, Scotland’s creative ageing organisation and Starcatchers recognised the positive impact that strong intergenerational partnerships can have on communities and the role the arts can play in helping to strengthen these relationships.
The children, from Forbes Nursery Greenhill, Edinburgh, and residents of Morlich House, Edinburgh, collaborated with artists over three months (October – December 2018), taking part in a range of creative activities first separately and then together, culminating in an event sharing what they had been working on with families and friends.
A key aim of ArtFelt was to evaluate the impact that artist-led activities can have on intergenerational partnerships.
It also aimed to increase the confidence, knowledge and skills of both artists and the professionals working in the nursery and care home.
Rhona Matheson, Chief Executive of Starcatchers, said: “Intergenerational relationships are so important. We’ve seen first-hand through our other community engagement projects how much joy and inspiration can come from an adult and child taking part in artistic and creative activities together. The experience can help build new relationships and strengthen existing ones as well as help build individuals’ confidence and self-esteem – whatever their age.”
ArtFelt artist Deirdre Nelson worked with residents in Morlich House, visiting once a week during October 2018. Early Years artist Kirstin Cunningham did the same at Forbes Nursery Greenhill. The children joined Morlich House residents, with both artists, during six sessions in November and December before inviting family and friends to celebrate what they had been working on.
ArtFelt was be independently evaluated by Ruth Stevenson of Ruthless Research with a final evaluation available for shared learning in 2019. View the evaluation below.