Evaluation of Erskine Artist Residency programme
A team of artists began working with Erskine Care Homes in 2022 to provide 10 short creative residencies as part of our longstanding collaboration with Erskine.
Supported by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust, the artists spent full days working in all four Erskine Care Homes, building a close relationship with residents, staff and families. We have learned from past projects that the more time artists can spend in care homes, the more they are able to design and share activities that are personalised to the interests and needs of individual residents.
The artists who took part are:
- India Boxall
- Alex McEwan
- Lorna Hill (Year 1)
- Elena Mary Harris
- Rachel Hynes
- Marcela Trsova (Year 2)
Elena Mary Harris - Erskine short films
Luminate and Erskine have worked together since 2017, originally as part of a Scotland-wide programme called Unforgotten Forces. Our first resident artists – James Winnett and Gill White – worked closely with the Erskine community on a wide range of creative activities, from photography to poetry and from soundscapes to painting. Although interrupted by the pandemic, they returned to Erskine in summer 2021 to complete their project, and we were delighted to launch a sculpture trail created by residents in the Bishopton grounds in August 2022.
As part of Gill’s and James’ residency, we installed “artists’ studios” (large, adapted garden sheds!) in the garden of each of the care homes, and the new group of artists also made use of these for creative space outdoors.
Images from our Erskine artists
Our Erskine artists
Please click on individual profiles to read more
India Boxall Artist
India is a creative researcher and facilitator working with drawing and ecology.
Elena Mary Harris Artist
Elena Mary works across arts, education, health and social care settings.
Lorna Hill Writer
Lorna is a storyteller, writer and facilitator.
Rachel Hynes Singer
Rachel combines singing, breathing and movement in her work
Alex McEwan Interdisciplinary Artist
Creative consultant Alex empowers people to confront social challenges
Marcela Trsova Artist
Marcela Trsova is an artist, holistic healer and creative community practitioner