Artbridge was a series of residency projects that took place across 18 care homes between 2001 and 2003. The artists chose very different creative approaches to working with the residents, some of whom were suffering from dementia and other disabling conditions. Colour, texture and reminiscence were explored through varied techniques including woodcuts, etchings, collage, photography and painting.
The residency projects had many valuable outcomes, notably helping improve the quality of life for older people in residential care by renewing their sense of place within the wider community.
Artbridge established a platform for Paintings in Hospitals from which to work directly with artists and develop a more involved relationship with patients and health and social care facilities.