Arts project unites the generations

Banbury & Bicester College Fusion Arts NNL-150216-151317001
Banbury & Bicester College Fusion Arts NNL-150216-151317001

An inter-generational arts project has explored the changing face of communication and technology.

Older residents from Lavender Close in Banbury, a supported housing scheme run by Sanctuary Housing, have been working with students from Banbury and Bicester College and North Oxfordshire Academy on the project.

During weekly sessions, organised and led by Fusion Arts in partnership with Cherwell District Council, residents were invited to share a treasured item that evoked powerful memories.

The results were captured through creative writing, photography, film and other artistic forms and were compiled into an exhibition entitled ‘Memories are Made of This’. It was launched at Banbury and Bicester College on January 28 at the college’s creative arts and media centres and ran until February 4.

Layla Venzi, 18, from Banbury, is studying the extended diploma in art and design. She said: “The project explored themes of memories, loneliness and isolation. It was a good opportunity to work alongside the older residents and with people you wouldn’t normally interact with.

“We used the conversations with the residents as the starting point for the creative work. Lots of the residents didn’t see themselves as creative, but they were keen knitters and crafters.”