Art collaboration between kids and OAPs ends up with exhibition

Margaret's monkey and Erin's giraffe
Margaret's monkey and Erin's giraffe

The fruits of a fantastic five-week artistic collaboration between children in Hazeldene Family Centre and the elderly residents of Mearnskirk House Care Home have gone on display in Mearns Library.

Hazeldene, which has a roll of 200 children, has long-standing links with the facility, but a visit by the youngsters to the home’s art room at Christmas inspired ‘Art in Hospital’ artist Anne Bjerge Hansen to create an opportunity for collaboration on a much deeper level.

Art collaboration proves a huge success

Art collaboration proves a huge success

From February 23 to March 29 this year, Anne worked with fellow artist Sharon Goodlet and staff at Hazeldene to run a series of workshops where care home art class regulars joined up to ten children to produce drawings and paintings using various materials.

And the results, including heart-warming comments from both the seniors and the juniors, form a wonderful exhibition taking pride of place in Mearns Library until June 24.

A fabulous monkey and stumpy giraffe are flanked by the comment, “I love children. It has been a pleasure working with them.” While five-year old Maria writes nearby, “I liked doing the money under the paper. Margaret and Eric were really happy to see us.”

Four year-old Yuvraj said, “I used straws, ink and salt to make a picture with Jean.”

Art project involving young and old had benefits for all

Art project involving young and old had benefits for all

Robert (98) sums it up beautifully with, “It’s been lovely seeing the children every week.”

Sharon Goodlet concludes, “This collaboration has been a great success. The children were delightful and the residents thoroughly enjoyed engaging with them in the creative process.

“It has brought fresh energy to the art room at Mearnskirk House and has been a fantastic opportunity for residents to connect with the community and the younger generation.”