North Wales care home proud of work of art

Residents of a Deeside, North Wales care home have created an outdoor ceramic wall display.

The mosaic was unveiled by Aberdeenshire Provost Bill Howatson sits near the entrance to Allachburn in Aboyne and is six-foot tall.

The collaborative initiative has been a year in the making and was led by Gil Barton, volunteer project coordinator, local artist Ian Robertson, Margaret O’Connor, chief executive of the Scottish charity ‘Art in Healthcare’, and Beth Bidwell, ceramic technician at the Scottish Sculpture Workshop.

The residents, staff and families spent August 2018 taking part in workshops led by Mr Robertson.

Michelle Riddock, Allachburn manager, said: “The idea for an art project came about in January 2018, when myself and my assistant managers visited a care home I helped design.

“When there, they’d seen a mural on canvas created by residents and thought it would be a wonderful idea to have our own mural.

“We wanted a lasting legacy – one where we could capture the personalities of residents and staff, and the ethos of the home – to depict equality and our love of fun.”

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