Following several months of creative workshops around the borough, we are very pleased to announce that there will be an exhibition of work produced as part of our inter-generational clay project Washed Off Memories.
Over the last few months, MGSO4 has partnered local schools with care homes to create art from clay. Local artist Asta Kalpokaite Golias has led the creative vision, as children have come together with older people and residents with dementia , at ‘freestyle thought and memory sessions.’ The children’s enthusiasm and energy has been invaluable in encouraging the older people to join in and immerse themselves in the process, creating their own unique pieces.
Asta described the project as a wonderful experience. She said: “When small children and the elderly meet, magic happens. The brave young and the scared old help each other, with no teaching needed.”
Participating groups were: Appleby House, Linden House, Priory Court, The Elders, St Christopher’s School, Wallace Fields Junior School and St Clement’s Primary School.
Washed-off Memories will be installed on the first floor concourse at Epsom Square (outside Epsom Library) and be open to the public to view from 4th – 15th July. The installation will include pieces created by all groups, photographs, and feature a sculpture by Asta, created in response to the project. It will then be displayed at ChristChurch, Epsom from 28th October – 10th November.
Washed-off Memories was funded by The Pargiter Trust (through Community Foundation for Surrey), Appleby House and MGSO4. Thanks also to St Christopher’s School and Epsom College for use of their kilns.
The Pargiter Trust is a national family charitable trust established to support disadvantaged older people to be independent, healthy and socially included and works in partnership with the Community Foundation for Surrey to deliver their Surrey grassroots grants programme.
View all images from our exhibition launch on the Gallery page.
Photographs by Kobbie Boafo