Age Cymru is seeking twelve artists for the next phase of cARTrefu (2017-19) which will improve the quality and provision of art in care settings across Wales. We’re looking for innovative artists in any art form who have a desire to create bold and original work with older people in residential care. This project is not about maintaining the norm; we want fresh, new thinkers who will really challenge and develop this area of work. We welcome work that is punchy, risky, rude, controversial – not safe, tried, tired and tested.
You will need to have experience of facilitating workshops using your art form, however experience of working with older people isn’t essential, as the programme is designed to support practitioners to develop their skills in this area. Those with some experience of working with older people are still encouraged to apply if they are keen to develop their skills further whilst working alongside an expert mentor.
Your role as cARTrefu Artist will be to develop your own artistic practice, assimilating your experiences of creating art with older people in residential care. You will complete five residencies over two years in five separate care homes around Wales. Each residency will last for 12 weeks, at the end of which you will be expected to showcase the work produced (by yourself and residents) at public end-of-residency exhibitions / showcases coordinated with Age Cymru.
cARTrefu Artists will be mentored through each residency by an Artist Mentor whose role will be to help each artist develop their creative ideas and professional workshop practice. The mentors will also work closely with care home staff, supporting them to deliver their own creative workshop by the end of the residency.
The total value of this tender is £8,550.
Project expenses such as travel and materials will be paid separately by Age Cymru. The deadline for bids is 21 April 2017 at 12:00pm.
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