Memories are Made of This – Intergenerational arts project


Residents can have their memories captured through creative writing and photography as part of a new project exploring communication and technology developments over the past 60 years.


Fusion Arts has teamed up with Sanctuary Supported Living, Banbury and Bicester College, Cherwell District Council and North Oxfordshire Academy to host weekly reminiscence sessions for older residents living in and around Lavender Close in Banbury.

Memories are Made of This – Intergenerational arts project


Reflecting on the evolution of communication through the ages – is it harder or easier to communicate today than it was years ago? This intergenerational project sets out to discover how technological developments fundamentally have changed the ways in which we communicate with others and the impacts of those changes.


Artist Anne-Marie Cadman will be working with elderly and vulnerable people residing at Lavender Close over a period of 10 weeks to create a unique wall hanging on the themes of memory and communication.


The elderly participants will be encouraged to share some of the meaningful moments and events in their lives and how these moments were shared at the time. Anne Marie will be showing participants how use a range of print and artistic processes to help encapsulate these reflections and work them together for a large collaborative artwork.


Working in tandem, another artist, Miranda la Mutanta, will be working with younger participants from a local college and secondary school to digitally capture the process and produce still images that can be rendered into the artwork or used to create postcards or other recordings to be shared with a wider audience. The overall aim will be harness creative communications to help address issues of loneliness and isolation, particularly as experienced by our youngest and oldest adults, through opening new channels of communication.


Young people taking part will have the opportunity to work alongside experienced artists on a live project and develop their skills of applied art in a social context. Using techniques employing textile and print, digital art, film and video, it is hoped the younger people taking part will help shape and determine the key outputs of the project with their own ideas as well as contribute to evaluating the process undertaken.


It is hoped that through working in this intergenerational approach, new relationships and greater understanding will be fostered between the two age groups through the opportunity to learn new skills from experienced artists.


Cllr George Reynolds, deputy leader for Cherwell District Council, said: “We have undertaken some consultations with older residents and one thing which was highlighted was a concern about isolation. This project is intended to address that issue by creating a sociable environment where people can share a cherished item and reminisce about their favourite memories. Furthermore, by working in partnership with local schools and colleges we will be able to break down the barriers of intergenerational interaction and bring the older and younger generations together in a friendly and relaxed setting.”