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Bringing generations together in Govan

Our Govan Craft Cafe recently completed a project working with the local Pirie Park Primary School.

The project saw 32 children and 22 members work together for 4 weeks, with the older Craft Cafe members passing on creative skills to the Primary 7 pupils, including mosaic, grouting and book-binding. The artwork they produced will now be displayed in a local shop window for the rest of the area to enjoy.

It was a lively project and the members have now got some new, younger friends in the community! Here are some great quotes from members, children and class teacher:

"I have enjoyed the art stuff and meeting new people, and the art that people do here is awesome. I enjoyed making new friends and meeting staff members."
Keird, Pirie Park student

"I really enjoyed it. I think it was so fun, I loved it. Everyone there was so funny!"
Aliyah, Pirie Park student

"I enjoyed marbling and I don’t want it to finish because I really like art."
Morgan, Pirie Park student

"I thought it was absolutely brilliant! It brings you back to your own childhood days, but I wasn’t as clever at school – some of their drawing were amazing. They were enthusiastic, inquisitive – always asking questions. I have now got a few new pals!"
Danny, Craft Café member

"They did not see us as ‘old’, they called us by our names and just accepted us. They were also asking from week to week ‘how are you doing?’ it felt like they saw us as friends."
Suzanne, Craft Café member

"It was interesting to see how some of those pupils, who can be disengaged in class and find it challenging to collaborate with others, engage and work with their senior partners so successfully. Some of the pupils described the members of the centre as their friends and it was a valuable way of developing social skills and empathy. The sessions surpassed my expectations and the ‘feel good’ factor it created in the children and adults was palpable. It was a great way to bring the generations together and I hope this can continue."
Annie Tumelty, class teacher

For more about Impact Arts' older people's projects, please visit the older people's section of our website.

Craft Cafe Gallery in Edinburgh to host exhibition by artist Lesley Redfern

We are thrilled to announce that artist Lesley Redfern, daughter of one of our longest attending Craft Cafe members in Edinburgh, will be exhibiting her artwork at the Morningside Craft Café Gallery and workshop space later this month.

Lesley is a photographer and filmmaker. She also attends Craft Cafe workshops in Edinburgh every morning with her mother Greta to work on various projects, while putting herself through a photography degree with Open College of the Arts.

The show, entitled Metamorphosis, is part of Lesley's final submission. It relates to the journey that her mother is on as her dementia progresses. The collection of work depicts and visually articulates the effects on the brain, memory, life and moments of someone living with dementia.

An honest yet gentle approach to a delicate subject, the Craft Cafe Gallery is the perfect setting for an artistic response to the changes caused by dementia.

Metamorphosis will be open to the public from Friday 28th April until Monday 1st May (10am - 4pm) at the Craft Cafe, Marian House, Oswald Road Edinburgh, EH9 2HE.

For more about the Craft Cafe and Impact Arts' work with older people, please visit this section of our website.

Govan Craft Cafe members knit for dementia patients

Our older people's Craft Cafe in Govan this week welcomed the textile artist Deirdre Nelson. Deirdre has created a project for Inverclyde's Orchard View, a continuing care facility supporting patients with severe dementia.

The project involves knitting dogs to comfort and be companions to those with severe dementia, who will often have very limited mobility. Designed to suit individual patients, the knitted dogs are produced to be in their favourite colours and feature details that connect with the history of their lives.

We have many Craft Cafe members who are keen and accomplished knitters, and they are keen to create work that feeds back into the community and helps those in need - so this was a perfect fit. The knitted dogs they make will be shared between the Orchard View and care homes local to Govan. More to come as knitting begins!

Special exhibition of Craft Cafe work to open in Paisley

A special exhibition of artwork produced by older people is to open in Paisley next week.

“Memories” is an original collection of multimedia artwork created by older people who take part in our Craft Café workshops in Paisley, Barrhead and Johnstone.

Following a launch on Tuesday 28th February 2017, the artwork will be on display at Paisley Museum and Art Galleries from March 1st until to March 4th, with members of the public encouraged to come along and appreciate the craft behind the work.

Celebrating the Bard at the Craft Cafe in Govan

The Craft Cafe in Govan kick started the year with a celebration of the Bard Rabbie Burns, in collaboration with some fantastic local organisations!

We teamed up with Urban Roots and the Glasgow School of Art Sustainability Project to provide a delicious Burns Supper for the older people who attend the Craft Cafe.

Also in attendance were Urban Roots volunteers and staff from Elderpark Housing Association, who help fund our creative and arts workshops at the Elder Park Centre.

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  • Thanks for coming! Amazing work by children and young people with plenty of thoughts on their local environment… 9 hours ago
  • RT @Nic_ImpactArts: I have loved this project, such brilliant, thought provoking work from young people and our youth ambassador Natash…… 9 hours ago
  • The inspiration and starting point of the project was geography, map-making and the environment within Dennistoun -……12 hours ago



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