Letters from the Edge

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Letters from the Edge was an exciting intergenerational project run by Prism Arts and supported by Tullie House.

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The project was with 10/11 year old students from Distington Community School and Creative Arts and Conversations, a visual arts group for stroke survivors and older adults ran by Prism Arts.

Inspired by the life and work of Percy Kelly, in particular his illustrated letters, the two groups swapped illustrated letters, sharing their childhood memories and experiences with one another.

The exhibition of the letters was exhibited at Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery from 23rd Jan to 26th Feb 2018. Artwork from the project was used to create a limited edition set of postcards which where sold in the shop.Prism Arts - Smaller6

The children also devised a performance inspired by the stories in the letters they received. They performed this twice at the private view of the exhibition at Tullie House on the 23rd Jan 2018.

“Today was a particularly magical day, as some of the childhood stories were acted out by some of the children, performed in the Percy Kelly gallery! How wonderful was that”

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Both groups enjoyed the project and getting to know one another. Participants from the Creative Arts and Conversations group commented –

“I was very much amazed by the children. They came in with all the confidence in the world and showed lots of respect to us older people and people with disabilities.” 

“Meeting the children and working with them on this project has been a breath of fresh air.”

This project was made possible thanks to funding from Cumbria Community Foundation

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