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Arts Outwest Produce Indoor Sculpture Garden at Jemalong Residential Village

An indoor sculpture garden has been produced by professional artists working with residents and staff at the Jemalong Residential Village (JRV), Dementia Unit in Forbes, as part of a long partnership between Arts Outwest and JRV.
The sculpture garden adds to the long running Art Connections program coordinated by Arts Outwest, which aims to provide residents with intellectual and sensory stimulation, as well as the opportunity for storytelling, reminiscence and learning.
Over the month of January 2017 artists, artists Damian Castaldi and Solange Kershaw worked at the Jemalong Residential Village to develop the works, which they then produced in their home studio in Kandos, NSW. The artists had meetings and workshops with residents and were advised and helped by staff members Krystyna Anderson, Janet Hannon, Merryl Morris, Gwen Barnard, Dean Martyn and Christine McMillan, the Arts OutWest Arts and Health Coordinator.
The sculptures respond to previous artworks made by the residents as a part of the Art Connections program, and include ideas of rural upbringing, life on the farm or in town, travelling to and from school by foot, horse or pushbike, living with animals, and dancing and singing at local dance halls. Three of the sculpture bollards house mechanical movement and sound, with the selected music chosen from the residents’ early memories of dancing to Frank Bourke & The White Rose Orchestra playing in their local dance halls in and around Forbes and Parkes. The interactive movement and sound of the artworks are triggered by close range passive infra red sensors, which detect movement within 2 to 3 meters of the sculpture.
The Jemalong Residential Village Sculpture Garden was produced thangs to Catholic Healthcare’s Jemalong Residential Village, The Jemalong Residential Village Fundraising Group, Christine McMillan and Arts Outwest.
For more information read the Arts Outwest website here or read more about the Art Connections program in the current issue of The Country Web (page 10).
Images courtesy of Arts Outwest.