Artlink commissioned artist Liz Knight to create an artwork to celebrate the famous local ‘Bee lady’ and fundraiser, Jean Bishop and Hull’s older community, to be installed at the Jean Bishop Integrated Care Centre in East Hull.
The artwork which was developed with older people in the city, is an exploration and celebration of what older people contribute to society, with Jean Bishop as an inspirational figure. The work reflects on the experiences of the older generation in the city while also facilitating expression of their perceptions of ageing and what older people contribute.
The workshops took place over the spring months with the final artwork now installed.
We asked Liz to tell us a little about this project:
“The workshops were organised with Age UK, Butterflies dementia group, and the crafts group at The Jean Bishop Centre. The participants of these groups were invited to think about things that were important in their lives – past and present. Some people did drawings, some paper collages and some told my colleague, Frances, and I their stories. We chatted and laughed, and shed the odd tear at the way some things had changed in the world.
I wanted the finished artwork to look a bit like a quilt, and explained my methods of creating the fabric tiles to participants of the workshops. I also had examples of how I made pictures in the rip-stop fabric that I chose to use for the project.
When I came to make the ‘tiles’ I chose themes and patterns which appeared on many of the drawings – families, friendships, hobbies, weather, flowers, butterflies historic images. Some pictures were able to be copied straight from the workshop images, some I created as patterns, as a quilt maker would.”
Thanks to: Ken, John, Avril, Colleen, Nancy, Sue, Brian, Norman, Jeff, Joan, Mike, Rachel, Cyril, Ivy, Lill, June, Bob, Linda, Eirwen, Maureen, Frederick, Debbie, Marje, Jade, Bill, Derek, Allan, George, Colin, Betty