The exhibition showcases work created by older participants throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, many of whom had never painted or drawn before. The artists have challenged themselves through their participation and creative output, gaining self-confidence and independence along the way, a testament to the power of collective art. The project has been curated by Adalberto Lonardi (artist, KLS Elders Worker and a graduate of our MA Interior Design) with the involvement of Kerry Hagger (KLS Age Well Worker, Arts Graduate).
The project takes place during this year’s Age of Creativity Festival, an annual event that supports older people across England to have more accessible, age-friendly opportunities to get creative. Despite personal challenges, the participants' work demonstrates how art is a powerful tool for wellbeing. Lonardi says 'Art helps our older members to access parts of themselves that are often unavailable or hidden. The arts allow them to dream and express things that they couldn’t say with words.