The Royal Photographic Society is delighted to announce a new photography project to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. In partnership with Bristol Care Homes, Arts Council England, and the Quartet Community Foundation.
The RPS will work at four care homes across Bristol, employing professional artist, Colin Moody, to help care staff create unique and personal portraits of older people in their care. Through a series of workshops, the care teams will be encouraged to get creative with their storytelling, sharing the individual’s life history and their memories of Queen Elizabeth II.
The final 40 portraits will go on a public display at the Royal Photographic Society, Bristol, in June 2022 to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee weekend. They will also be displayed at the participating care homes. Following the exhibition, the prints will be given to the participating individuals and their families.
The project will provide new creative skills, instil confidence, and encourage a more meaningful connection between care teams and residents. Furthermore, it aims to help older people share their personal histories, whilst expressing themselves in an artistic, safe, and enjoyable environment.
‘Portraits of Care’ emphasises the importance of the arts in building nurturing relationships and demonstrates the powerful impact that photography can have in improving personal wellbeing.
The project demonstrates a new evidence-based approach to creative photography and draws on the Royal Photographic Society’s new transformative strategy, ‘Photography for Everyone’, specifically the ‘Photography for Wellbeing’ strand that aims to support older people, carers, young carers, and those living with autism, dementia, and disabilities.
The project is supported by Arts Council England's ‘Let's Create Jubilee Fund’, a £5million investment to support voluntary and community organisations to deliver creative activity as part of Her Majesty the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Read more here.