cARTrefu was launched on January 29th 2015.
Wales News Service
Photographer, Darren Britton
Arts Council of Wales was successful in securing funding from the Baring Foundation which is to pay for a two-year project of participatory arts activity in care homes for older people, cARTrefu.
The project will be managed by Age Cymru, and will involve almost £350,000 worth of activity, of which half is to come from the Baring Foundation, and half from a large Lottery award made by Arts Council of Wales to Age Cymru.
Around 23,000 older people in Wales live in care homes, and over half of this number are aged 85 and over, thus in many cases making their access to the arts extremely limited. Nearly 40,000 people in Wales are living with dementia, many of them in care home environments.
With the Baring Foundation award, artists will be selected to deliver different arts activities within care home settings, in a variety of art forms. Artists will be selected on the basis of the quality of their work and their ability to deliver activities to older groups, with an expectation that their careers will benefit from the experience. Care home staff will work alongside the artists learning some skills that they can continue to share with their residents at the end of the project period.