Sunday 27 September, 2020

Senior citizens to put artwork on display after 12-week training

More than 50 pieces of artworks created by the elderly will be exhibited on Friday at the National Council for Senior Citizens at 11 West Kings House Road, St Andrew.

The artworks consist of costume jewellery, photograph, painting and drawing all designed and made by older adults, aged 62 to 88 years old.

The ‘Golden Designs – A Seniors Art Exhibition’ will feature visual arts skills such as portrait drawing, colour theory, cubism and collage to create paintings and drawings. The jewellery pieces infuse the artistry of beading, stringing and crocheting to design bespoke earrings, bracelets and necklaces.

In terms of the photography, the exhibition will showcase how older adults may use modern devices to capture matters of social concerns in their surrounding communities.

The ‘Golden Designs – A Seniors Art Exhibition’ is the result of a culmination of a 12-week training programme offered by Golden Designs. The seniors underwent training in the areas of social media usage, jewellery making, photography, painting and drawing.

The arts skills training programme for older adults and the subsequent exhibition have received commendation from the University of the West Indies- based organisation - Mona Ageing and Wellness Centre.

The centre is the country’s leading entity on policy development, research, teaching and outreach programmes for healthy ageing.

A message on the importance of engagement activities in the promotion of healthy living among the elderly will be delivered by the centre during the opening ceremony of the exhibition.

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