Making Time was a discreet programme of workshops which accumulated in a public exhibition of the group’s artwork. The Making Time project worked with five groups from across East Durham; Haswell Mencap, Alzheimer’s Society, Hospital of God Seaham, Hospital of God Minerva House and Eastlea Community Centre. Making Time was specifically aimed at people who are aged 55 and over, including those with dementia, enabling people to engage in creative activity in places and at times that were convenient and safe for them. We have worked with five groups from across East Durham, who engaged in five different art forms with artists from across Durham and the North East. The art forms the groups chose to engage with were Mosaics, Photography, Silk Painting, Dance and Ceramics. The groups were geographically spread across East Durham, ranging from Seaham to Blackhall and across to Haswell.
All the hard work and creativity of the groups resulted in an exhibition that toured across the summer at Murton, Peterlee and Blackhall Libraries. We currently have artwork from the groups displayed in Tonia’s Cafe, Seaham and in East Durham Trust, Peterlee. The Making Time Silk Painting proved to be so popular that the group has continued to meet with the help of East Durham Creates, the Barn at Easington and the Alzheimer’s Society.
Even though the Making Time project has come to an end, we do however have offshoots from Making Time such as the Making Time group for people living with early onset dementia, who are currently meeting weekly at The Barn at Easington. If anyone would like to take part please contact Nicola at The Barn on 0191 527 1331
The Making Time video was made at the launch of the Making Time exhibition, it shows the five groups work and talks about what being part of the projects like Making Time mean to them.