Today on National Arts in Care Day, we are proud to announce a four-year partnership with arts charity ‘Magic Me‘, to bring modern forms art to residents in our care. Magic me have helped to connect us with four different artistry groups that break the boundaries in their field and use thought-provoking activities to engage with groups; Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, Fevered Sleep, Gecko and Curious Directive.
Each collective has been selected by Magic Me and partnered with Excelcare care homes in Essex (Longfield, St Fillans, Lime Court and Sherrell House), closely matching the art theme with the likes and interests of the residents in each care home.
The project will be delivered in phases over a four year period, the first being an introductory session so the artists and residents can get to know each other, whilst allowing residents to experience a ‘taste’ of their art form.
Sam Manning, Excelcare’s Chief Operating Officer commented, “Care homes and the care of older people continues to change and here at Excelcare we want to be a part of that movement; instrumental in challenging stereotypes, in championing quality and embracing new opportunities. We are very excited to be a partner in this programme and to facilitate this opportunity for both residents and team members.”
The arts organisations are all industry leaders in bringing innovative art ideas to life and this project aims to shake up not just the public’s perception of what life at a care home is like, but also the artists themselves who will be exploring a whole new audience and way of working.
Sessions with each of the arts groups and their matched care home will begin on October 14th and take place through the course of November. We look forward to reporting the outcome of each session and seeing how the residents respond to new, all-inclusive forms of art.