A new exhibition, created by different generations to explore how communication and technology have developed over the last 60 years, is set to be unveiled in January.
Elderly and vulnerable residents of Lavender Close, Banbury were given the opportunity to have their memories captured in a series of weekly reminiscence sessions, led by artists Anne Marie Cadman and Miranda La Mutanta.
Incorporating creative writing, photography, and other artistic mediums, the project was pioneered by Fusion Arts, working in association with Sanctuary Supported Living, Banbury and Bicester College, Cherwell District Council and North Oxfordshire Academy.
In each of the weekly sessions, elderly participants were encouraged to share a treasured item that evoked powerful memories, to tell their story behind it and explain how such moments were shared at the time.
Cllr George Reynolds, deputy leader of Cherwell District Council, said: “We have undertaken some consultations with older residents and one thing which was highlighted was a concern about isolation.
“This project is intended to address that issue by creating a sociable environment where people can share a cherished item and reminisce about their favourite memories.”
Anne Marie Cadman then aided participants in the creation of a unique wall hanging based around the themes of memory and communication.
Under the guidance of Miranda La Mutanta, groups of school and college students were also invited to digitally capture the process in still images and recordings, that will be shared with exhibition audiences.
By allowing such interaction between the residents and students, Cllr Reynolds added that the project has successfully managed to: “break down the barriers of intergenerational interaction and bring the older and younger generations together.”
An open reception will take place at Banbury and Bicester College on January 28 from 4-7pm.
The exhibition will then continue until February 4. More information can be found at www.fusion-arts.org or by calling 01865 245735.