arthur+martha: BLOOM

Via Philip Davenport:

The current arthur+martha project in Four Acre, St Helens has been short-listed for the national Bloom Awards. The Bloom Awards are for excellence and innovation in improving the quality of life, dignity and well-being of older people receiving care and support. We would really value your support. To register and to cast your vote on the various projects in the awards please follow this link and look for St Helen’s Council- Arts Service: Art of the Unexpected. Voting closes 24th June (5pm)

Poems about succumbing to temptation iced onto cakes, childhood memories painted onto plates, or poverty stitched onto tablecloths, bunting that questions etiquette, fading memories written on doilies, ‘sugar’ graffiti that evokes long gone childhoods, hardship and friendship. We have been invited older people in the an economically-deprived area to make a mix of poetry and art, celebrating their lives and visions. We’re trying to reach those who might not normally join in with art activities, by taking our workshops to the local Bingo night, housebound people’s homes, the doctors surgery, Tescos, a day centre for people diagnosed with dementia, a local library…

To read the latest about the project visit

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