Artwork gives a glimpse of life at Jubilee Court
VISITORS to a Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) independent living scheme in Stafford will now be greeted by new piece of artwork created by residents and a local artist.
Naomi Jacques, 29, from Great Haywood, who is studying contemporary art at Stafford College, through Staffordshire University, worked with residents at Jubilee Court, on Edison Road, to create a piece of glasswork symbolising where they live.
The piece entitled ‘Looking through our window’ was officially unveiled on Thursday, May 16.
“By pulling in all the different skills and ideas of the residents we have created a bespoke piece of art that captures the essence of what Jubilee Court is about, the people who live there, the building and the activities they enjoy together in the community,” said Naomi.
Special sculptures using recycled copper wire and patterns made from old earrings, jewellery, scrap metal and transfers from the old Spode factory in Stoke were used to create the artwork which was then sealed within a fired piece of glass.
“All of the residents really enjoyed creating the piece. We organise lots of different arts and crafts sessions and other activities like this for residents to help them stay healthy and active,” said Elaine Tomlinson, SARH Extra Care Manager at Jubilee Court.
“We’re delighted that the artwork created with Naomi’s help will now take pride of place in the entrance to Jubilee Court.”
Images in the piece include daffodils, daisies and other flowers to symbolise Jubilee Court through the seasons in a year, cakes to symbolise charity events residents take part in and a phoenix to symbolise the £2.4million refurbishment of the scheme which was completed in 2010.
“I thoroughly enjoyed working with the residents at Jubilee Court and I’d love to create my own business running similar workshops once I complete my Foundation Degree,” said Naomi.