Nightingale star in Belfast Arts Care exhibiton

Nightingale Care Centre in Dungannon was invited by the arts in health charity Arts Care to take part in the “Here and Now Older Peoples Festival” celebrating 70 years of the NHS.

Arts Care, in partnership with Health and Social Care Trusts throughout Northern Ireland, aims to make all forms of art accessible to patients, clients, residents and staff. Those who participate have the opportunity to experiment with forms of expression not usually available to them.

Members of the team met with artist Gwen Stevenson and various ideas discussed. Gwen liked the Nightingale name and proposed a project incorporating Florence Nightingale and the bird Nightingale.

Gwen visited Nightingale weekly and decoupage was chosen as a medium with which our residents could work. Residents showed great enthusiasm in choosing colours and pattern and in cutting and gluing and were enthusiastically supported throughout by the home's two PALs (Personal Activities Leaders) Christina and Laura. 

The end result was three striking canvases, which then went on display at the In Full Bloom exhibition as part of the 'Here and Now Older People's Arts, Health and Well-being Festival 2018/19” 

Christine and Laura then attended the gallery in Belfast and saw the exhibition in prime position at the entrance to the exhibiton. They reported back that the display was exceptional and a reflection on how well the residents had engaged with the project and how it was managed and delivered.

Due to the commitment shown and the reception given to Gwen by residents and staff at Nightingale, she has asked to return to Nightingale this year to work on a new project - so watch this space for Nightingale's next exhibition!

Date published: 4 February 2019

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