Woodlands Care Home welcomes professional artists to Crowborough

RESIDENTS at Woodlands Care Home in Crowborough have recently enjoyed visits from professional artists at The Towner Gallery, Eastbourne. The visits celebrated local charity, Sussex Housing and Care’s 65th birthday.

The art project focused on ‘a picture of Sussex’ and Woodlands’ residents came together to talk about their memories of living in the county over the last 65 years and to paint their favourite Sussex location with the help of Sussex artists.

Woodlands resident Maisie said: “The project has been very good. I love Sussex and have enjoyed thinking about it and painting Beachy Head. I wouldn’t live anywhere else.”

Jesse shared his story of Sussex. He said: “I’ve enjoyed telling fellow residents about the farm I owned in Hadlow Down where we had every animal you can imagine. We used horses to plough the fields and my three brothers and two sisters helped me run it.”

Founded in 1946, Sussex Housing and Care is a local charity which provides residential care and sheltered housing to older people. Woodlands manager Yusuf Lusiba said: “This project has been an ideal way to help motivate residents. They enjoyed getting together to share their experiences of Sussex. It’s been great to welcome professional artists from the Towner into our home to spend time with residents and encourage them to be creative and tell the many stories that they have. These workshops are part of our wider activities programme at Woodlands where everyone enjoys a variety of interests, hobbies and workshops.”

Richard Beales from The Towner said he was delighted with the opportunity, adding the Towner’s collection of art is rooted to Sussex, its landscapes and artists.