Inspired by the words of wisdom of Sanctuary Care home residents, the Northfield Arts Forum is launching an exciting new exhibition.
Northfield Arts Forum (NAF) volunteers visited Birmingham’s Castlecroft Residential Care Home, which provides care for the elderly, including residential care and dementia care, in October for poetry workshops with the residents.
Following this, several poems were created – some of which the residents wrote themselves. A piece called ‘Christmas in the War’ was also written by poet Matt Windle – inspired by the residents’ accounts of the war.
Workshops were also run for over 50s groups in Northfield and the poems created have been blended with photographs of the workshops and the city’s new library to create 12 large pieces of artwork.
These are featured in a free exhibition being launched at the Library of Birmingham on Monday (10 March). Running until Thursday 20 March, it will then tour local libraries.
Castlecroft’s manager Jean Chapman said: “Our residents are so creative and absolutely loved having the opportunity to work with these youngsters.”
Aysha Begum, a young poet and volunteer from NAF, said: “The poetry workshops were a great way to bring young aspiring poets together with elderly residents, to allow them to interact with one another and create beautiful words together.”
Words of Arts is supported by Birmingham City Council and Arts 50 Alive