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The View From Here

Leicester Print Workshop is thrilled to be collaborating with Leicester Belgrave Mela, alongside the partnership consortium of Leicester Neighbourhoods & Library Service and the Aakash Odedra Company, to devise and deliver an exciting cross-disciplinary programme of community-led creative activity for older South Asian people across Leicester during 2019 and 2020, exploring how the world has changed within their lifetimes.

Working in close partnership with Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre and The Wolsely residential home, as well as Santosh Community Centre and th Santan Manavata Day Care Centre, the programme will be based on high quality visual art, dance and movement, with a digital, literature and storytelling content, encouraging South Asian older people to be active and creative, while testing sustainable ways of applying arts for elders in library spaces and social community settings.

LPW has been developing links with older audiences and participants through specially designed projects in partnership with Age UK (Printmaking Men) and Leicester City Council (Printing Parks), and has a commitment to becoming more Dementia Friendly.

The project will reach out to adults over 60, with a mixture of abilities, and will focus specifically on the North East of Leicester – where engagement levels are significantly lower than the general population. The project will create hubs for outreach activity purposely designed for isolated older people, helping more people to engage with the arts, many for the first time.

For LPW, The View From Here will initially see LPW Member and Tutor Sally Stephens making prints with residents at care homes and visitors to community day centres across the city in May – July this year. A second phase of printmaking workshops will take place during October – December and then a final phase will take place from April – June 2020. These prints will be used to design a special collaborative zine, which will be distributed between the day centres, residential homes and libraries across the city, and will also be exhibited as posters at The Print Room, our exhibition space at LCB Depot, in 2020.

The project has been funded by Arts Council England, through Grants for the Arts.