The first Moose in the Hoose art exhibition toured Drumbrae, Oaklands, North Merchiston, Porthaven and Inchview care homes from February to April earlier this year, finishing up a the ACE IT office in George Street for several weeks until we moved office.
The exhibition was well received in each location by residents, their visitors and staff. The art work was produced using a variety of iPad Apps and included finger painting, colouring-in as well as throwing pots.
The residents involved in Moose sessions were very positive about having their work displayed and other residents are now aware of our project and the sorts of things volunteers can help them have access to, during their visits to care homes.
Several care homes had a grand opening of the exhibition with a ribbon being untied and refreshments served and when the art work returned to the ACE IT office, three pieces were sold to individual collectors.
As we had lots of positive feedback from the visitors’ book that accompanied the exhibition, we thought we would share a few.
“An exhibition of genuine master-pieces worthy of a showing at Drumbrae.” A resident
“Beautiful, colourful work from very talented people. Congratulations.” An activities leader
“An innovative and creative project for the residents. Beautiful creations. Well done!” A relative
“Residents have enjoyed seeing the beautiful pictures. The exhibition has been a lovely point of interest in the home. Thank you Moose in the Hoose.” Deputy Manager
“I liked seeing my pictures up on display and enjoyed having my sister and friend come along too. I am looking forward to the next session and to do some new and different things.” A resident.
“So good to see Moose in the Hoose continuing to grow and do new and wonderful things! Lovely exhibition and even more precious that making it brought people together to share time and creativity.” City of Edinburgh Council Health and Social Care Representative.
Lots of people helped with the exhibition but an extra thank you must go to Moose Volunteer, Julia Gow, Artistic Consultant, Bernadette Levoir and Activities Leader, Yvonne McIvor who put the exhibition together, mounted the artwork and made sure it was in the correct location whilst on tour.
Most of all we have to, once again, be amazed and in awe of the residents involved in the Moose in the Hoose project for their willingness to try new things.