April 2021.

A collaboration between Cadorna House, the West Tamar Arts Group, the West Tamar Council and the West Tamar Seniors’s Advisory Group resulted in an exhibition of the Cadorna House residents artworks at Windsor Gallery in April 2021.

 From the West Tamar Council Beacon June 2021:

Vincent Van Gogh once said “If you hear a voice within you say you cannot paint, then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced’.

This has been the creed for the many residents at Cadorna House who have participated in the art therapy course over the last 12 months. 95 % of our artists have never painted in their adult lives and many wondered if they could and questioned themselves and their capacity to create an art piece with their imagination.

To witness people creating and learning about art and their creative side has been a revelation for everyone involved including Lifestyle Coordinator Adam Page, and to see the satisfaction and pride that has been the result of these art sessions, has been a wonderful experience. “Painting is just another way of keeping a diary” – Pablo Picasso. For residents who have dementia, painting has been a gateway for them to remember, to focus and to participate in a group setting of creativity which is priceless.

The residents of Cadorna House have had countless positive feelings and emotions during the art classes and as the Lifestyle Coordinator, to be able to conduct these classes and introduce a new creative outlet has personally been a rewarding experience in Adam’s role. To have their own art work hanging in their rooms and now here at this public exhibition has been a fantastic experience for everyone involved. So thank you to the West Tamar Council, the West Tamar Arts Group, The West Tamar Seniors Advisory Group and to the residents for making this exhibition happen.”