ABOUT THE PROJECT
We’re excited to be working on a fantastic new project called Flags For Hope. We’ve teamed up with the fabulous Sonder Radio, delivering creative writing and storytelling workshops in 3 local Care Homes in Tameside so we can connect with elder members of our community, gather stories, ideas, and images around the theme of ‘hope’.
We’ll then take those stories to our in-house artists and translate them into large-scale hand painted silk flags expressing the experiences of elder residents who’ve been acutely isolated through the pandemic. These flags will be toured to the grounds of the care homes in the summer as beautiful, powerful, site-specific installations which highlight the creativity and resilience in our communities.
This project will demonstrate to care home residents, staff and elder members of our community that they have not been forgotten and that their voices, and creativity, still matter.
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
Our partners Sonder Radio will be facilitating these creative chats in Care Home settings and asking residents to share their stories. Sonder Radio is a station catering for elders living within a care environment and independently in the community. Sonder Radio was established in 2016 in response to some of their founder's own personal experiences of relatives living within care environments and with conditions such as dementia. We're excited to be working with this great organisation.sonderradio.com
As well as working in Care Homes we wanted to connect with you! Do you have elder relatives or friends? Do you consider yourself as an elder? Do you have access to digital devices? We would love if you could connect with your family/friends and ask the following questions, or send us in your own answers. We will then share your submissions with our artist team and partners to influence our designs.
> If hope was a colour, what colour would it be, and why?
> If you could represent hope in an object or a shape, what would you choose, and why?
> What have you learned about hope throughout your life and what would your advice be to others around hope?
You can pass on the results of these conversations in various ways:
> Record your conversation with your phone or other devices.
> Write down the answers if you don’t have access to a device.
> Film your conversation as a video (either socially distanced together, record over Zoom or equivalent)
> Get the stories to us another way…i.e. drawings or poetry.
We’ll then collect all your stories and pass them onto our artists and get an idea of what our collective view of hope is as well as those we’ve talked to in Care settings.
SENDING YOUR FILES*
If you could send your stories/photos/videos to [email protected] as a WETransfer or equivalent attachment and include the following details:
Name of who was being interviewed:
Date of interview:
Please get in touch if you have any questions.
*By sending us this information you agree that we can use any images and audio recordings and share with our partners Sonder Radio, as well as use on our social media channels/website and marketing materials.
If you wish to opt out of any or all of the public sharing, please let us know.
We will be closing submissions on Friday 21st May 2021 but please send before then.
FLAGS FOR HOPE ARTISTS
Meet the team who will be translating stories into our flags