The Art of Conversation

2018

The Art of Conversation was a one year project devised and produced by Lyrici Arts to tackle isolation. It was in partnership with Medway Adult Education and Medway Age UK. It was funded by Kent Community Foundation, the Brook Trust Fund, the Lawson Endowment Fund, and Paint The Town Festival via Garfield Weston.

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Project Details

The project featured a series of monthly informative daytime talks and creative arts taster sessions, offered by Lyrici Arts and Medway Adult Education, at Medway Age UK Gillingham for senior and isolated people. The talks were given by professional speakers and included a wide range of informative subjects e.g. leisure, culture and history. The talks and taster sessions were for an hour, followed by a well-being session where participants were offered refreshments and the chance to connect with new people.

“Research has consistently shown that creative activities enhance feelings of wellbeing and reduce social isolation in older people, so I’m really excited to be involved in this project, and look forward to improving the lives of everyone who takes part.”

Simon Baker, Centre Manager Medway Age UK

The free Medway sessions were open for everyone in Medway to attend who were over the age of 50.

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Past Events

A Banner with Welcome and Yellow Narcissus in the Background

Welcome to The Art of Conversation

Thursday 15 March 2018
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

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Baby Boomers word abstract in vintage letterpress wood type

Baby Boomers with Andrew Theobald

Friday 20 April 2018
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

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Someone making a pot on a pottery wheel

Ceramics

Friday 18 May 2018
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

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White Hawthorn blossoms on pink fabric with scissors and a jam jar

Jam Jar Flowers

Friday 15 June 2018
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

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A still life drawing of a tea infuser and plaster palm leaf

Step by Step sketching for all abilities

Friday 20 July 2018
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

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A vintage television

Behind the Scenes of Television’s Golden Years with Wilf Lower

Friday 17 August 2018
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

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A woman sewing a wedding dress

Fashion

Friday 21 September 2018
10:30 AM 12:30 PM

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WW1 British Army Soldier from France 1918 on a white background

WW1 Soldier and his war equipment with John Short

Friday 19 October 2018
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

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A caricature painting of eight men in colourful clothes

Lost Empires: The Last Days of Music Hall & Variety with Wilf Lower

Friday 16 November 2018
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

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Two women sat in front of a Christmas tree

Project Finale: The Art of Conversation

Friday 14 December 2018
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

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“All very interesting, lovely people, thoroughly enjoyable.”

- Day Centre Member

“That show was the best thing I have ever seen in this day centre – it was marvellous!”

- Day Centre Member

"The whole MAE team really enjoyed being part of the project and look forward to more work together with both Lyrici Arts and Age UK."

Dan Mace - Programme Manager

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