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I found the OK - Hjemmet Arendse Care Home tucked away in a collection of buildings set around a garden. No one would ever guess it was there. Even when I found the right entrance the logo was tiny but at least it matched my paper work. I had no idea what to expect when I descended the staircase to the kitchens to look for the manager Lone Haagensen.

With the help of one of the staff I met Lone in the lift going up to the top floor.  She was instantly approachable with a wide welcoming smile. I inwardly breathed a sigh of relief, this was going to be an enjoyable visit with such a warm friendly manager. I was shown around the facilities; all so clean, tidy and well cared for. They included everything from the dining room, the sitting room, a place to play darts, a cosy space housing memories and even a very large impressive party room. All the facilities were located in light spacious surroundings

Lone had decided early that morning to display the residents' artwork in the garden for me to see it in sparkling sunshine. It was thoughtfully arranged around the circular pond and statue. I was quite amazed, colour was vibrant and many of the images seemed joyfully free. The residents had been supplied with excellent materials, stretched canvases of different sizes, good quality paint and a range of simple methods that they could cope with easily. The results ranged from individual narrative pictures to large group abstract paintings. Lone took great pride in explaining the pictures to me and describing the residents who had created them.

 

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The residents appeared and gradually I was able to meet and speak a little with many of them, despite the language barrier in most cases. Some were very willing and  pleased to have their photograph taken with their work. They liked receiving my tiny business cards that were illustrated with my work.

The exhibition was completed with a glass of wine in true Private View style.

Lone is a really lively enthusiastic energetic lady who wants life to be worth living for everyone in her care. The paintings reflect this exuberance. I felt privileged to have had the opportunity to visit OK- Hjemmet Arendse and to have experienced such a positive creative environment.

Chris Avis

 

June 2013

I am a practising artist and curator who has been awarded a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship for 2013 to visit Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Berlin to explore how each city supports and empowers older artists. Based on my achievements in central London where I have organised exhibitions in not for profit venues such as office conference rooms and foyers, I intend to research new or similar solutions in each city to be visited.

 

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