Fermynwoods is commissioning artists Stand + Stare to produce to an interactive artwork for older people in Corby. This work will respond to the needs of the community by engaging and inspiring elderly individuals, some of whom live in social isolation as well as have physical disabilities.
Fermynwoods has partnered with the Royal Voluntary Service to deliver this innovative and socially-engaged project. RVS provides practical and emotional support for older people across the UK. The Corby branch runs a Good Neighbours scheme in which volunteers befriend older people in their own homes across the Corby and Kettering areas, their objective is to provide valuable company and friendship as well as making sure the older person is safe and well.
Befriending volunteers will be able to take a portable work of art into the homes of elderly people many of which are no longer able to visit galleries or museums. The artwork will contain visual and audible material inspired by interviews with elderly people as well as archival material. So that the outcome is accessible to older people with sensory impairments, it will be tactile as well as multi-sensory.
Made possible with support from Arts Council England, Northamptonshire Community Foundation, Garfield Weston Foundation and Made In Corby