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LinkAge & Art

This amazing intergenerational arts project working with schools & care homes is funded by the Arts Council for Northern Ireland, Arts for Older People Programme!

LinkAge & Arts

LGNI are delighted to have once again been awarded funding from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland Arts for Older People Fund.


Through this project Linking Generations NI (LGNI) engaged care home residents and school children in intergenerational arts projects that aimed to address social isolation and have a positive impact on mental health and wellbeing.

Specifically the project aimed to:

  • Use the medium of arts to create linkages between generations in communities improving older people's community connections through participation in the arts
  • Create sustainable opportunities for continued intergenerational arts by creating partnerships between schools and care homes
  • Promote the benefits of the approach by showcasing and recognising arts produced by older people and the project
  • Provide community arts opportunities for local artists.

Our participating Care Homes & Schools included:

  • Marina Care Home & Woods Primary School Magherafelt
  • Movilla House Nursing Home & Movilla High School Newtownards
  • County Care Home & Model Primary School Enniskillen
  • Ringdufferin Nursing Home & Killyleagh Primary School

Care Home Residents joined with school pupils and took part in intergenerational arts sessions facilitated by local artist for six weeks.  The artwork and success will be showcased at individual events at each care setting.  LGNI staff delivered Dementia Friend training to all of the young people involved and supported all settings involved to sustain their wonderful working relationships and connections!

See some pictures below and related news items!  Report to come soon!

Arty Celebrations at Marina Care Home Magherafelt! – Linking Generations NI

Artwork Celebrated at Movilla House! – Linking Generations NI

LinkAGE & Art Project Report Published! – Linking Generations NI

Watch this space and the LGNI News section for progress!


Project Resources

LinkAGE & Art Evaluation Report 2023

Read all about the LinkAGE & Art project - the stats and the stories

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