Over three years, artist teams have worked alongside older residents at 14 Lewisham Homes Independent Living schemes, developing a total of twelve sustained projects and many more drop in sessions with over 100 participants. Artists and residents have come together in shared lounges to develop projects that have included poetry and spoken word, music, movement, gardening, film and animation, felting, and much more, and projects have been celebrated in events at the Albany, Royal Festival Hall, and Deptford Lounge to name a few.
Artists have also worked in collaboration and alongside each of the projects to evaluate and document the projects in unusual and interesting ways, including through animation, zine making, and portraiture. Film-maker Emma Crouch documented the final year of project by creating the webpages linked here, which have taken on an extra significance during the pause of activity due to COVID-19, as a space to celebrate these creative encounters and works alongside a growing archive of previous projects which we invite you to explore:
Moving Art highlights a collection of significant moments from Moving Art, commissioned as a series of twelve bespoke, film-making and visual arts sessions based at an independent living scheme in Forest Hill. The project was delivered by artist and film-maker Georgia Akbar and supported by Christine Bone, Julie Yip, Ritchie Foster and Lauren Humphries.
Living Archive explores some of the different creations, writing, images and artwork that emerged across the project, Living Archive, a series of workshops which took part at an independent living shelter in Lewisham. The project was led by Annie Hayter and Jemilea Wisdom-Baako from the arts company Writerz and Scribez, and supported by Roxanna Kennedy and Lauren Humphries.
Lets Get Together is Emma Crouch’s love letter to the Meet Me project at Lewisham homes. “I was able to go to three sessions across two independent living schemes in Lewisham before Covid-19 kept us from gathering. Even in that short time I was able to experience the joy and boundless creativity in each session. These vignettes come from both sites, they take me back, and take you there (headphones recommended).”
Meet Me Zine – An evaluation of the four final Meet Me at Lewisham Homes by poet and performer Linden Katherine McMahon.
Meet Me at Lewisham Homes Archive is a curated selection of projects, documentation and evaluation from across the programme 2017 – 2020