Dry Water artists have a wealth of experience in creating and facilitating cross art form workshops for and with elders. We have particular expertise in working with people living with Dementia.
We offer workshops/residencies and training tailor made to suit work in residential homes, nursing homes, hospital and community settings.
We regularly collaborate with other specialist elder arts organisations to deliver interactive sessions and bespoke training.
Our approach includes movement, storytelling, music, textiles, visual arts, drama and technology.
We believe in celebrating the present moment and honouring each person's unique creative expression.
Live Long In The Day - What does it mean to 'live long in the day'? This film is intended to draw attention to the preciousness of the lived moment, the here and now.
Appreciating the delicacy and resonant beauty of the older dancer and the simplicity and elegance of their heartfelt movement the film blurs the boundaries between art and documentary.
Live Long is filmed in response to the subjects, led by the things that capture the attention of the film maker, the beauty of the movement and sensitivity of thought.
The creative movement work of one of the Dry Water artists who was visiting Australia intrigued me, especially how inclusive and exceptionally transformative it was for people living with dementia.
I knew Dry Water artists were engaged in several arts projects that sounded exciting. In 2014, I decided to see for myself: were these as good as they sounded or just more of the empty rhetoric I hear all the time.
I saw firsthand how the artists and a group of charming year six students have transformed the lives of people with dementia living in a care home we visited.
Under the expert guidance of Dry Water artists, people young or older, share joy, laughter, dance, movement, storytelling and feelings of acceptance and belonging are engendered. I saw real evidence of great respect and genuine love for people many of whom they clearly know very well.
I have been a Dementia Care Consultant and Educator for 25 years. I know how hard care staff can try to brighten lives but they do not have the arts background to be able to facilitate creative engagement. Dry Water artists, by example and through interactive training sessions, demonstrate and share their skills thus the arts become part of everyday life, what could be better. I wish they were closer to enrich and inform my own work.
Beverley Giles OAM