Last Chance to see Art & Identity at Dimbola


Having been staged at Dimbola Museum and Galleries for the past month there is now the last chance to see ‘Art & Identity’ an exhibition presented in collaboration with Independent Arts. This exhibition will close on the 17th February.

Dimbola Museum and Galleries  partnered with Independent Arts on a creative project designed to facilitate cultural engagement for older people on the Isle of Wight. Working with photographer Julian Winslow, participants were encouraged to reconnect with the creative process, develop skills and in so doing build up their confidence.

Time & Tide has paired local history and the arts to bring opportunities for older people to engage with cultural pursuits. Art and Identity was the first foray into portraiture for the artists, many of whom had not even picked up a digital camera before being involved in Time & Tide.  Portraits were produced by older people, at workshops run by Independent Arts in Southern Housing Group sheltered housing schemes. Their work was inspired by discussing the themes of art and identity and learning about Julia Margaret Cameron’s pioneering work in photography

Art and Identity is the final exhibition in the series of workshops, it focusses on portraits and the narratives within. This resonates with Julia Margaret Cameron who would convey a different type of beauty, images that would electrify and startle the world.

Many people who participated in the project are care home residents and for some attending workshops has been an absolute first.

Whilst at Dimbola why not visit the recently refurbished Tea-room.