A multigenerational collaborative painting and photography project, bringing together two of Manchester’s key charities, culminated in the launch of a Jewish year calendar.
Students of Langdon College, residents of The Fed’s Heathlands Village care home and tenants of Moorview Independent Living which is also based at the home, have taken part in joint art sessions over recent months. Together they created original artwork and imagery based on a monthly theme, many of which reflect Jewish festivals and celebrations.
Langdon College tutor Rebecca Holmes said: “The students have worked incredibly hard behind the scenes. Through their teamwork and efforts, they also enhanced many of their interpersonal skills, such as communication and organisational ability.”
At a joyful launch event which took place at Heathlands Village in the presence of Trevor Holt, Mayor of Bury, Bernie Garner, The Fed’s director of community services and Langdon principal Jane Baker, the calendars were presented for sale to the public for the first time by students, residents and tenants.
Moorview tenant Michael Adler expressed his pleasure at being involved in the project: “I enjoyed the artwork, and it has been nice meeting the young people,” he said.
“Everyone worked so hard,” Rebecca continued, “from creating the artwork together, to the students printing and binding the calendars – it has been a huge success.”
The calendars are priced at £7 and are available to purchase from either the Heathlands Village Shop or Langdon College and the proceeds will be split between the charities, helping them to provide indispensable services to the Manchester Jewish community.