Lonely Roads

 

In 2014, Fusion Arts collaborated with Age UK on ‘Lonely Roads’, an intergenerational project designed to promote awareness of loneliness in both old age and youth: the two times when we are most likely to experience loneliness in our lives.

 

Engaging with the wider Oxfordshire community, Fusion Arts hosted several arts events, including ‘One Bowl’, a social sculpture performance by Dianne Regisford, and we ran participatory workshops to create a clay figurine installation at Elder Stubbs Festival and the Blackbird Leys Fair. Workshop participants generated ideas, words, and textual material to capture their unique thoughts on isolation and loneliness in youth and old age.

 

Gathered over two months, these ideas were used by prize-winning poet Charles Bennett and highly-acclaimed British composer Bob Chilcott to inspire a new choral work, ‘A Mass for Our Age’, as part of a national campaign to promote awareness of loneliness in these two age groups.

Lonely Roads

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