Erewash Borough Council’s Arts Development team have received funding from Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme to continue their successful arts and wellbeing work with older people across the borough.

They are now looking to hear from care homes in Erewash who would be interested in engaging with a mini arts project between residents and artist Howie Johnson.

The Art at the Heart project will take place over one month, and will involve residents thinking about the different seasons and what makes each one special to them. Howie will then deliver various creative activities to get conversations flowing and use the collected memories and stories to create photos and quotes.

The end result will see residents producing a large hanging backdrop of their images, printed on to chiffon. These techniques of opening up thoughts and feelings have been particularly successful with previous art projects, especially for those living with dementia.

Up until his retirement, Howie designed window and interior displays for major retailers and since then has become more involved with photography, exploring ways to be creative with images. His work, from creating swirls and twirls in nature, to life size ghostly images printed on chiffon, has been exhibited many times across the region.

Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, giving preference to venues the project has not worked with before. Planning is due to start in December and January, with workshops beginning in February 2020.

Contact Katherine Brown at or on 0115 907 2244 ext 4604.

Erewash Borough Council

Erewash Borough Council, Town Hall, Wharncliffe Road, Ilkeston, Derbyshire, DE7 5RP
0115 907 2244
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