Touching Memory explores the everyday life of people living in Inverclyde from the 1950’s – 1980’s. 54 pupils from Ardgowan Primary school worked with curators from the Mclean Museum and Art Gallery, artists from Greenock based Rig Arts and NHS healthcare workers to create 12 memory boxes, a handling collection of objects for use in memory work with adults with severe complex dementia needs in Orchard View a new Inverclyde Mental Health Continuing Care Facility.
Touching Memory is one of ten exciting arts projects that forms part of the Hearts, Hands and Minds art, design and activity strategy which NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde commissioned Wide Open to develop and deliver. Wide Open are a creative organisation that works with communities to create public spaces and buildings that promote health, happiness and wellbeing.
Touching Memory has had a far deeper and wider impact than anticipated, opening up new ideas, skills, ways of thinking and new perceptions of the world by children and adults involved.
The completed memory boxes were exhibited at the Hearts, Hands and Minds exhibition at the Beacon Arts Centre which formed part of the 2016 Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival.
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