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Notions of Home – Part 10

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Imagination takes us home: Walking through Walls. In 2016 long term residencies in three HC-one care homes were made possible with funding via the charity Attend.  One of these care homes – Tower Bridge Care Home – continues to be the epicentre for our creative research, informed and forged by the long-term collaboration between artists, residents and staff…

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Notions of Home – Part 8

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In the following email-letter, artist and musician ESKA, an Albany associate and MMA artist at the time, describes her first impressions of a care home (having never visited one before)…

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The show must go on…

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One of our biggest strengths is now a threat. We bring formerly isolated people into circulation and visibility in our city. Now, with the outbreak of coronavirus, we’re faced with the challenge of how to take reasonable steps to safeguard our members…

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Notions of Home – Part 7

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In 2010 Entelechy arts began their first programme of long-term collaborations in care homes with a four-year residency at Manly Court nursing home in New Cross Gate. Manly Court became the site of an exciting creative hub co-created by residents, staff, family, friends and artists…

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Notions of Home – Part 6

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Peggy was a much-loved resident at Tower Bridge care home and an experienced artist throughout her life. With her permission, her piece was shared at the performance of ‘Memory and Place’ in Elephant and Castle shopping mall, in 2016.

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Notions of Home – Part 2

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Basically, we’re all trying to get home, by Kirstie Richardson. Recently I started work in a care home which specialises in people living with dementia alongside residential assisted living and a nursing wing for end of life and more complex conditions…

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Caring for the Artist by Kirstie Richardson

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As I laid in bed with a pulled muscle, kicking myself because I should have known better, I felt propelled to write down my thoughts about a subject I have been on my soapbox about for over a decade: Recognising in myself that even knowing all this stuff around self-care, I choose at times to press the override button and ignore my very own advice!

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Thoughts on Learning by Gill Moore

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During my 17 years of working in Ambient Jam, I have grown, often imperceptibly, in lots of important life principles. In my current role as lead artist for the Friday Ambient Jam 1 improvisation events, I oversee the health and safety and practical hosting of each session, as well being part of an improvisation team of dancers and musicians…

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Remembering who we are by Zoë Gilmour

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I’m a musician, artist and contributor to the Ambient Jam team. For the last few years, I’ve been working in a care home in Ladywell, south-east London. Simon and Doreen who work at the care home write poetry and shake maracas with us on a regular basis. Other members of staff, family and friends haphazardly join us to dance, share stories and sing with the residents…

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