By MGDC Centre and Edited by Pa Modou Faal
In May this year, couple of workshops were held at Marcus Garvey Day Centre by Creative Paths to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee by holding “Tales of the Jubilee Cloak – A Jubilee Arts Project”.
This is a Platinum Jubilee project that is meant to celebrate the memories and stories of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and the creativity of 70-year and older adults living in or using care services.
Tales from the Jubilee Cloak was delivered in ten different care settings in the Nottingham area.
As part of the workshop there were reminiscence discussions on Queen Elizabeth II and her coronation in 1953, places the Queen has visited and about the Queen’s family history.
Lots of photographs were shown and shared with citizens of the Queen’s coronation and royal visits over the years.
There were discussions about the different types of crowns worn by the Queen and their significance.
Out of love and respect for Her majesty, the senior citizens have even had discussion about what the Queen might be carrying in her handbag.
The reminiscence activity helped to inform the designs for the creative activity that followed.
The Cloak showcased the individual artwork created over the project. All citizens took part in decorating their own square artwork to celebrate the Jubilee.
These squares artworks were unique contribution to the cloak and the project, celebrating everyone’s creativity, memories, and thoughts about royalty.
70 square artworks were created in total for the cloak, a symbolic link to Queen Elizabeth II’s 70-year Platinum Jubilee which were used to make a final long cloak of four metres as of the same measurement of what Queen Elizabeth II wore on her coronation.
Upon completion by Creative Paths, the cloak was brought to the Marcus Garvey Day Centre for citizens to try it on.
Citizens also made Jubilee bunting which will be put up in the day centre. The exhibition celebrated the creativity and jubilee memories of everyone who took part and helped to promote the benefits of arts projects in social care.
Tales from the Jubilee Cloak was a successful project that empowered 70 people to share their memories, embrace their creativity and be part of a collaborative arts project.