An Arts Council England funded project delivered by collaborating artists Carol Parker and Ernie Butler


For ‘Lost & Found’ we will take a range of high quality participatory arts, 2D, 3D & digital, to 4 care homes in rural South Lincolnshire.  The project supports NICE Quality Standard 50, Quality Statement 1: Participation in meaningful activity.

We will deliver a series of ten weekly 2 hour creative sessions in each care home.  The sessions will be person centred and provide cognitive stimulation to older adults and those living with dementia with involvement from staff and carers.

All sessions will be fully accessible and inclusive, suitable for all ability levels, we aim neither to patronise or exclude.  There is no pressure to take part, observers are welcome and participants can come and go as they wish.

We want to create a desire to continue with participatory arts once the project has finished, in residents, staff, carers and the wider family unit and leave all participants with a sense of achievement, enhanced well being and being a valued part of a much wider community.

At the end of the project there will be a touring exhibition of participants’ work and our own work inspired by the people we meet and work with; it will tell the emotional, practical and physical stories of the older adults in care homes and raise awareness of the issues they face with a wider, cross generational audience locally & through national care home providers & library networks.

A training session will take place on Thursday 27 April (note new date) from 2pm-4pm at Abbey Court Care Home, Falcon Way, Bourne PE10 0GH for care home staff, activity coordinators and carers.

The artists will receive CPD & mentoring from Guy Begbie, an international contemporary book artist http://www.guybegbie.com/Pages/default.aspx

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Carol Parker socially engaged artist



Ernie Butler 2D artist