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The Grange Day Centre

Oak Entrance Doors - The Grange Day Centre

Commissioned by Grangearts - funded by Northern Rock Foundation and Newcastle City Council Arts Development.

Designed and carved during skills workshops with elders at the Grange Centre, Throckley.

The Grange Centre has a reputation for providing exceptional opportunities for innovation and creativity in its day-to-day running, and the provision of remarkable opportunities for elders. They deliver a diverse programme of arts and outdoor activities including stained glass, silk painting, etching, digital, clay modelling, ceramics, woodcarving, printmaking, reminiscence and drama. Participants learned relevant skills and carved the oak doors alongside professional craftspeople. Siting the doors for permanent display in their building left a legacy for years to come, placing value on the contribution local people.

'At The Grange Day Centre, where we discovered that to ensure a meaningful process, professional finish and end product it was necessary to work with artists, who have the right skills and experience of working with elders' (Day Centre Manager) (Grange Arts, 2015).

'Banquet' Carved Panels - The Grange Day Centre

Commissioned by Grangearts - funded by The Kellet Fund.

Designed and carved during skills workshops with elders at the Grange.

'The Grange Day Centre has for several years been committed to offering elders the chance to undertake meaningful activities that they may not have had the opportunity to try in the past. We feel passionately that retirement should still be a time of discovery and challenge and that people should be offered the opportunity to try new things' Day Centre Manager (Bailey and McLane, 2012).