An Arts Council England funded project delivered by collaborating artists Carol Parker and Ernie Butler

For ‘Lost & Found’ we will take a range of high quality participatory arts, 2D, 3D & digital, to 4 care homes in rural South Lincolnshire.  The project supports NICE Quality Standard 50, Quality Statement 1: Participation in meaningful activity.

We will deliver a series of ten weekly 2 hour creative sessions in each care home.  The sessions will be person centred and provide cognitive stimulation to older adults and those living with dementia with involvement from staff and carers. Art is pitched at a level that is neither threatening or challenging, there is no pressure to take part, observers are welcome or participants can come and go as they wish.

We want to create a desire to continue with participatory arts once the project has finished, in residents, staff, carers and the wider family unit and leave all participants with a sense of achievement, enhanced well being and being a valued part of a much wider community.

At the end of the project there will be a touring exhibition of participants’ work and our own work inspired by the people we meet and work with; it will tell the emotional, practical and physical stories of the older adults in care homes and raise awareness of the issues they face with a wider, cross generational audience locally & through national care home providers & library networks.

A training session will take place on 29 April (venue and time to be confirmed) for care home staff, activity coordinators and carers.

The artists will receive CPD & mentoring from Guy Begbie, an international contemporary book artist

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The Blue Mill Project is a collaboration with artist Angela Daymond and Moulton Mill. We have been successful in securing support from the Heritage Lottery Fund to share knowledge and skills on the heritage woad plant and its cultivation in Lincolnshire.

Keep checking back for more news about how you can get involved in practical workshops, demonstrations and talks and get in touch with us if you have any memories of woad growing in Lincolnshire – we need to document your memories before they are lost!


SYNERGY LINCS – living and working in a rural landscape 2015

A socially engaged funded project, increasing arts engagement by delivering participatory workshops to rurally isolated and socially excluded groups including: the elderly, those living with dementia, those living with anxiety and depression

supported with public funding from Arts Council England


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KNIT2GETHERLINCS – 2011 – funded by the Arts Council, Legacy UK Trust, EMDA, ERDF

From April-August 2011, I project managed and was lead artist for knit2getherlincs collaborating  with Unique Cottage Studios, a not for profit organisation in the South of Lincolnshire.

I toured the geographically spread, rural communities of Lincolnshire, often working with hard to reach groups, young people and the elderly; delivering workshops in community centres, libraries, schools, museums, festivals and at community events.

The project encouraged engagement in the arts in an area of low engagement. The workshops provided the opportunity for skill sharing and social networking for rural communities in Lincolnshire.

The project was so successful that I’m still touring communities passing on the skills of knit and crochet and often leaving behind a knitting group as a legacy of my visit.



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