Artist Julia Vogl talks about how things are going so far on her residency in three extra care homes in Hull
MAKING IT HOME as we go along is currently my working title for my project at three Riverside assisted living homes in different areas of Hull. I have had the great privilege of delivering art workshops weekly, since September, at Redwood Glades, Cecil Gardens and Harrison Park.
[Image description: the participants for the workshop.]
If you are not aware, these three homes house a few hundred people age 18-100+. The residents all have individual apartments, but access to 24 hour careers if needed. Many of them lifelong Hullensians, are new to these buildings as they just opened last year. Despite many having conditions such as Dementia, MS, Anxiety, severe Autism, and many physical constraints, the residents who come to my workshops are curious and always willing to try something new. Which is not only rare but also critical, as every week we do something different.
In an effort to uncover what makes HOME – home to residents, I have created 9 different workshops to engage participants different creative faculties and also build a socially engaging space. Residents have explored photography, finger knitting, arm knitting, and Virtual Reality painting. As we head into the colder darker months, residents will have the chance to make light boxes, make their own printing blocks and print tea towels. All the workshops are entangled with talk about wellbeing, Hull history, their own histories and events on the horizon.
[Image description: a male participant tries his hand at Virtual Reality using a headset.]
[Image description: a female participant experiments with arm knitting.]
I am collecting stories, experiences and have forged lovely connections with residents who regularly attend. All of this material will be used to create permanent artwork in each of the homes in the spring. While still unclear what the work will exactly be, it will be layered and coloured with all the individual spirit that I am surrounded by every week at each of the homes.
You can find out more about the project here.