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Coopers Court & Halley Primary School

An Arts & Ages Partnership

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YEAR 1

Constellations (January – April 2019)

I really loved the project and didn’t know three months had gone by and we have done so much

Younger participant

Constellations was the first collaboration between Coopers Court Extra Care Scheme and Halley Primary School, working with artists Lehni Lamide Davies, a theatre practitioner and Liane Harris, a photographer.

At the beginning of the partnership Coopers Court expressed an interest in creating a piece of artwork that could be permanently displayed in the lounge. Using this to spark the group’s ideas, residents from Coopers Court and children from Years 4, 5 and 6 came together to create Constellations.

Using photography, storytelling and sound, everyone worked in small groups to create their own unique story. Together they created an exhibition of photographs and sound recordings which tell these stories. The exhibition includes 23 individual and group photos, sound recordings and text – and we imagine it like a time capsule which will become a gift to generations of the future! The artworks are installed in the lounge at Coopers Court and were exhibited to friends and family at the end of the project.

YEAR 2

Spaces & Places (September – December 2020)

Continuing their work with artists Lehni Lamide Davies and Liane Harris, Coopers Court and Halley Primary began Year 2 of their partnership with a one-off workshop reuniting participants from Year 1. Coopers Court used this one-off workshop to introduce working with younger people to new older adult participants.

Following this workshop, with support from Magic Me, artists and partners developed a shorter project structure, which included an introductory workshop, three intergenerational workshops and a sharing event. Partner staff such as the Activities Co-Ordinator (Coopers Court) and the Arts Specialist (Halley Primary) began to input into creative planning sessions with artists and deliver activities in workshops.

Spaces & Places explored photography and storytelling, with older and younger people creating visual storybooks with themselves as the main characters.

During Year 2, partners also developed ways to incorporate intergenerational events into their current programmes. This resulted in a group of older participants attending the school’s Winter Art Day to create Christmas decorations with a group of children and their parents.

Photo credits:

Featured image by Holly Falconer

Constellations Celebration image by Samia Meah

Spaces & Places Storybook image by Liane Harris

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