What is the 'Moving In' Residency?
Artists Claire Ford and Kate Sweeney are moving from their respective studios and creating a new studio space in Northbourne Residential Care Home in Gateshead.
Over a one month period they will live and sleep at Northbourne in order to work creatively with residents, families and care staff. The project seeks to challenge the conventional 'workshop' structure that artists are restricted to in care home and institutional settings and aims to develop more immersive practices and create space to experiment the types of activity, processes and outcomes that could be possible.

One reason Northbourne lends itself well to this residency is that they have a large annexe to the main home there are two rooms where Claire and I can sleep and a bathroom. There is also a really large room with a skylight and beams above that isn't really used except for some events and activities. This is the space we have begun to set up as a studio for us, for the residents and visiting artists. It is connected to the main part of the home through some double doors into the lounge, and beyond the lounge are the private rooms and the dining room on the ground floor with another floor of a similar layout upstairs. Amy (activities co-ordinator) has designed a room on the first floor as another room to do activities in - it has the feel of a tea room or old fashioned sweet shop. The hope for the residency is that the annexe creates a space to design work that can be done there with residents, and then taken out and 'expanded' into the main home.

The 'Moving In' Residency is funded and supported by Arts Council England.

Who are Kate and Claire?

Kate Sweeney is a socially engaged visual artist who has been producing film and video work, public events and exhibitions regionally, nationally and internationally for around ten years.

Claire Ford is a mixed media artist who specialises in Dementia and runs the project - We engAGE. The purpose of this project is to inspire creativity through the use of iPads and the digital, creative apps on offer inspiring digital confidence and engagement in the arts. More information on this project can be found at: 

'In the Moment' - shows the way Artists - Kate Sweeney and Claire Ford collaborate and work with people living with dementia, creating meaningful and magical worlds.

This film was developed as part of the Dementia and Imagination Research Project.