Visual arts

July 27, 2022

52 weekly activities – week 30

Seaside collage postcards

An absorbing and gentle visual arts session using collage techniques to capture people’s experiences and thoughts of holidays. It provides an opportunity for people to be creative, explore their imaginations, and create a postcard to share.


Equal Arts / Rosi Thornton. Developed in partnership with Ambleside Residential Home.

July 20, 2022

52 weekly activities – week 29

Painting with sticks and music

This versatile communal activity combines visual art with movement, through live or recorded music. You can adapt this activity in different ways depending on your context and resources.


Entelechy Arts / Florence Peake, Shane Waltener, Sarah Jarman, Malcolm Buchannan-Dick, Rainer Knupp, Cai Tomos. Developed in partnership with Tower Bridge Care Home, and as part of Lewisham Creative Ageing Festival.

April 13, 2022

52 weekly activities – week 15

Painting from your window

Inspired by artist David Hockney’s bright colours, this activity will encourage you to think differently about the way you use colour to capture the view through your window.

Credit: Sensory Trust. Developed in partnership with Creative Spaces Activity Groups and Carers Programme.

March 9, 2022

52 weekly activities – week 10

Collagraph printing

Collagraph prints are a creative and experimental form of printmaking, with printing plates made from many different materials, including cardboard, yarn, fabric, leaves, or masking tape. The activity is a great way to use up scraps and encourages the use of recycled materials.

Credit: Charlotte Cranidge, developed in partnership with C&C.

March 2, 2022

52 weekly activities – week 9

Abstract Art Collage

This is a great activity for participants who don’t feel confident with art activities. The three main stages – paint, scissors and glue – could be made into separate activities for different capacity levels if preferred.

Credit: Creative Minds / Tracey Knight, developed in partnership with Lister House Nursing Home.

January 31, 2022

Art by Post: Explore and Inspire

The Southbank Centre in partnership with NAPA, Nightingale Hammerson and Nenagh Watson

This booklet has been developed for anyone working in care settings, and was inspired by The Southbank Centre’s Art by Post project, which brings free creative activities direct to the door of the individuals, care-givers, practitioners and professionals most isolated by social distancing methods.

It includes a range of activities designed to take creativity into every corner of your care setting, including making nature clay prints, shadow puppets and slow looking.