Hospice guests unleash creativity with art show

Day care visitors at St Clares Hospice have been working to make a short animation film.
Day care visitors at St Clares Hospice have been working to make a short animation film.

Day care guests at a South Tyneside hospice have unleashed their creativity with an art exhibition.

St Clare’s Hospice, in Primrose Terrace, Jarrow, has been working in partnership with The Cultural Spring - an organisation aimed at increasing participation in the arts across the borough - to make a short animation film.

Day Care visitors at St Clares Hospice, on Primrose Terrace in Jarrow, have been working to make a short animation film.

Day Care visitors at St Clares Hospice, on Primrose Terrace in Jarrow, have been working to make a short animation film.

The exhibition will be on display at Haven Point, South Shields, until Saturday, April 1.

Animator and film maker Sheryl Jenkins has been working on the project with the hospice to create works which reflect what the hospice means to the day care visitors.

She said: “Through discussions with the hospice, we decided to deliver creative, animation activities with visitors to day care.

“The main aim was to offer participants the opportunity to try something new in a relaxed environment, and to create work which highlighted the work of the hospice and challenged perceptions.

“The activities would be fun and social, allowing participants the freedom to explore their own creative ideas.”

The project, which has taken around four months, has seen participants of all ages and abilities share stories and create animated work which will be on display to the public.

Ms Jenkins added: “The finished piece of animated work features thoughts from day care visitors on what the hospice means to them, abstract visuals, and talking horses, amongst other weird and wonderful characters and clips.

“It has been very entertaining!”

Pat Ogilvie, day care Activities co-ordinator at St Clare’s Hospice, added: “It’s been great to do something we wouldn’t normally do.

“We didn’t know what to expect, but working with Sheryl has been so interesting and we’ve used things we’ve already made, like our folded books and models, in the animation.

“On behalf of all the guests and volunteers we’d like to say a big ‘thank you’ to Sheryl for all her hard work.”