Our outreach takes place in Schools, with community groups and in residential care settings.
Inspiring and empowering
We believe that regardless of their age or background, everyone can benefit from creative inspiration in their lives.
Our principle aims
As a charity are to provide art and creative activity to inspire, empower and enable people to develop and grow. We are based in the heart of Somerton, in the historic old town hall, where we provide a diverse and inspiring exhibition programme which forms the basis of our comunity engagement and outreach work.
“In addition to the support for professional artists and makers, ACE encourages all sectors of the community to take part in good quality arts activities through their varied range of practical workshops, talks and presentations.”
Pauline Burr Arts Development Officer, South Somerset District Council
One of our most popular exhibitions of 2017 was the series of portraits known as The Dementia Darnings. These works explore the ageing process and dementia through large scale portraits of the artist Jenni Dutton’s mother in wool and thread (pictured left). They were produced by the artist whilst she was a carer for her mother, who had developed dementia. Making her mother the subject and focus of her work, helped her to deal with her decline into dementia.
We have since established, and continue to support, the Somerton Area Dementia Action Alliance, and are working towards our gallery becoming fully dementia-friendly and accessible to all.
What We Offer
We offer enjoyable creative activity sessions designed to increase the happiness and wellbeing of elders in care settings.
Our sessions increase social interaction and create a sense of community, introducing new skills and working with familiar media, for example: Felt making, working with clay, painting and drawing and printmaking.
We provide all art materials and ensure the sessions are suitable for people of all abilities and enable everyone to take part.
We offer a variety of themes and vary sessions to the interests of participants.
All our Creative facilitators are experienced teachers and encourage life long learning.
“I can see the immediate positive effects. The group of residents that choose to be involved were engaged and communicating with the facilitator who were absolutely brilliant with them; they shared little stories and it is such a wonderful sociable time for all. We aspire to give our residents quality of life with the appropriate stimulation of their choice and these sessions provide them with not only one of their interests but will also help them to engage with each other on a familiar subject. The management and staff of ACEarts who were instrumental in providing these sessions, have been professional, thoughtful and kind to us. We are very grateful for the opportunity to improve the quality of life for our residents”
Tricia Yahya Manager, Wessex House Care Home, Somerton
SUITCASE LIBRARY – INTER GENERATIONAL PROJECT 2019
‘An Intergenerational project that builds links in our local community between elders living in Care settings and children in local school.’
A partnership between ACEarts, Wessex House Care Home and King Ina Junior school.
The project will enable the placing of artists in the local school and in care settings where the activity will take place. All participants will create their own artists books* on the theme of ‘PLACE’.
The works produced will go into the ‘suitcase libraries’ and be exchanged between the partners in their own venues. There will be a grand suitcase opening event where all participants can come together and share their work, talk about the project and enjoy being socially engaged and part of a bigger collective.
For more information about the Suitcase Library project email email@example.com or click here Suitcase library
*artists’ books = ‘Artists’ books are books made or conceived by artists. Artists’ books that maintain the traditional structure of a book are often known as book art or bookworks, while those that reference the shape of a book are known as book objects.’ V&A http://www.vam.ac.uk/page/a/artists-books/
Art In An Envelope
Aimed at individuals living with dementia, their families and carers, Art in an Envelope is a scheme that supplies creative activity packs to households where people are living with dementia.
Each pack contains all of the materials and resources needed for the carer to confidently deliver and participate in creative activity with their loved one.
If you would like to know more or register for our scheme please email firstname.lastname@example.org
For an example of pack contents click here Welcome to Art in an Envelope
INTER GENERATIONAL POSTCARD PROJECT
Inter generational postcard project that builds links in our local community between elders living in Care setting and children in local school.
Very often living in residential care can mean having little or no contact with younger generations. We have seen time and time again the benefits of different generations coming together, a visit from children lifts the spirits of residents, improving mental health and bringing happiness.
Having already engaged with our local school and care setting with previous projects and would now like to work on a project with both together.
Placing an artist into our local care setting, Wessex House, the artists introduces the project and leads the creative activity to produce a ‘postcard’ to be sent to a named pupil in the local school, King Ina Academy.
An artist then to be placed in the school setting, interacting with the pupils, looking at and discussing the postcards received and then leads the creative activity to produce the ‘postcard’ to send back.
A celebratory event brings together pupils and residents for tea, cake and conversation.
To compliment the current exhibition in partnership with The Art Society we have been able to place artist Jan Niedojadlo into both King Ina Infants and Junior schools to create their own ‘Podules’.
WHAT DID WE LEARN? TOP TEN:
Creative thinking – Being able to think on your feet, approach tasks from different perspectives and think ‘outside of the box’
Confidence in their ability – we did it! And we did it together.
Problem solving skills– developing skills in reasoning and understanding.
Perseverance – If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, again. In an increasingly competitive world, perseverance is essential to achieving success.
Focus – The ability to focus is a key skill developed through group work. Recent research has shown that participation in the arts improves children’s abilities to concentrate and focus in other aspects of their lives.
Non-Verbal Communication – Through experiences children learn to breakdown the mechanics of body language, how to express and read emotions.
How to receive Constructive Feedback – Feedback is part of learning. Critique is a valuable experience and greatly contributes to the success of the final piece.
Work in collaboration – Through the arts, children practice working together, sharing responsibility, and compromising with others to accomplish a common goal.
Dedication – following through to the finished product children learn to associate dedication with a feeling of accomplishment. All the efforts were worthwhile.
Accountability – When children create something collaboratively they get used to the idea that their actions affect other people.
BUT WHAT ELSE DID WE LEARN?
That learning is fun. What a ‘sensory’ experience is. How enthused through art you can be. The joy of participation. Awe and wonder. The value of an experience. How working together can leave you BUZZING. HOW LIFE CAN BE ENRICHED BY ART. How to DESIGN. The ‘Play-ability’ of different materials. How engaging with an OPPORTUNITY can be rewarding. Confidently taking a creative journey together. EXPLORING MATERIALS. How to work with texture. How to create INTRIGUING art environments. Stimulating conversation. PROFOUND SENSE OF SELF. How to appreciate each other. Lateral thinking. ASSESS SITUATIONS. Using Senses. FASCINATION. Stimulation. EXPLORATION. PRACTICAL SKILLS. Structure. STRENGTH. Structural skills. How to evaluate outcomes.
Exhibition visitor quotes:
“fantastic Jan, like being transported to a different world, love the textures, lighting and sounds”
“The Best Place ever”
“so amazing, my daughter has additional needs and loved them. Thank you”
“What a fantastic exhibition and experience inside the sculptures I felt completely cocooned and safe, will search out more”
“Incredible! My daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed exploring these sculptures”
“Wonderfully interactive and engaging for all, especially the children. A wonderful change from the normal ‘don’t touch’ attitude”