Festival Events 2016

essence of a memory winners 2016

All kinds of things evoke memories of people who've died, and many of them come with an interesting anecdote. How do you capture the essence of a memory? Can it be done in 50 well-chosen words and a photograph?

The To Absent Friends Essence of a Memory competition ran as part of the Luminate Festival of Creative Ageing, from 1-13 October 2016. It challenged people take a photo and write up to 50 words which together evoke a story or memory of a dead loved one.

The gallery below shows the winning words and images, by Scott Curland Chase, Bob Milne and Lachlainn Hogg. The winning entries were displayed in the Scottish Parliament from 7-10 November 2016.

Lasting Impressions workshop

Within the Margaret Kerr Unit there is a piece of art called ‘Lasting Impressions’. This is a mosaic of handmade tiles created by Jedburgh based artist Clair Norris. Each tile reflects involvement in the unit whether it be as a patient, relative, member of staff or kind supporter. Tiles have been imprinted to give texture to the piece, with fabrics and objects which are personal to the creator. These mosaic tiles were then built up into a number of hexagonal panels designed to flow across the wall of one of the day lounges within new unit.

We would like to invite you to our latest tile-making workshop to make your own lasting impression. The new panels will be installed on the exterior wall of the Margaret Kerr Unit.

12pm-5pm, 6 November (no appointment necessary). The Tryst, Chaplaincy Centre, Borders General Hospital. Please bring along something special to you to imprint on the day. Call 01896 826888 for further information.

Inverclyde tree for absent friends

Inverclyde Council will be taking part in the celebrations of the To Absent Friends initiative along with colleagues in other organisations across Inverclyde. To celebrate the lives of those we have loved and lost you are invited to complete a short note in memory of your loved one and tie it to the Tree for Absent Friends on Thursday the 3rd of November 2016 at 1pm in the Wellpark, Greenock. All of the notes will be gathered from across all Inverclyde events and burned with the ashes being scattered at the Tree for Absent Friends. This will become an annual event and the tree significant of this.

1pm, 3 November, the Wellpark, Greenock. For further information please contact Alison Bunce or Julie Kelly.

To Absent Friends beer festival

Join us at the Stockbridge Tap for good beer, good conversation and a chance to remember those no longer with us. Toast absent friends with locally brewed beer courtesy of Pilot Brewery and Alchemy Brewery. Join us in sharing a Samhain supper, sharing memories, and raising a glass to absent friends.

2 November, 7pm onwards, Stockbridge Tap, Stockbridge, Edinburgh. All welcome. This event is made possible by the support of local businesses. Special thanks to Pilot and Alechmy breweries.

Edinburgh Printmakers at St Columba’s Hospice

Edinburgh Printmakers is delighted to be collaborating with St Columba’s Hospice to celebrate the To Absent Friends festival, a celebration of life and those we love.

Edinburgh Printmakers have worked together with staff, patients and families at St Columba’s Hospice to curate a suite of works that explore ideas and emotions relating to memory, stories, and reminiscence. People who use and work in the Hospice have selected work from Edinburgh Printmakers archive to be on display as part of a special exhibition in the hospice during To Absent Friends week.

1 – 6 November, St Columba’s Hospice, 15 Boswall Road, Edinburgh, EH5 3RW, 9am – 8pm, fully accessible, please use main Hospice reception.

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