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The main aim of the ‘Clifton Storeys’ project was to facilitate and co produce a visual and spoken creative living history project with older residents of the Clifton estate in Nottingham. The project engaged older adults who moved to the estate when it was first built in 1951 and who have lived there for the majority of their lives, as well as more recent residents and tenants who have a Clifton story to tell.
We achieved a written and visual representation of their stories, aspirations and life experiences through a series of 24 sessions with older people and 12 sessions with families delivered across ten venues over the period of May to August 2018, the majority of these venues were residential and nursing care settings, however we also engaged people in day services, extra care housing and living in the community as well as within the exhibition space which was the Clifton Cornerstone Health Centre.
The sessions with older people were facilitated by spoken word artist Lytisha Tunbridge and Visual artist Rachel Scanlon Allsobrook, they delivered 12 sessions each. The artistic outcomes were a collection of poetry ‘No Edges’ developed by Lytisha Tunbridge from the oral histories of the participants and six illustrated houses created by participants with Rachel Scanlon Allsobrook, depicting the stories and poetry from ‘No Edges’.
The family sessions were delivered by Creative Paths CIC, artworks created in these sessions were used to embellish the banners and display stands for the exhibition piece. In total there were 141 active unique participants involved in the sessions with Lytisha Tunbridge, Rachel Scanlon and Creative Paths.
Download a PDF version of the short book of poetry inspired by the tales and reminiscing of Clifton residents. ...