Living Legacy is a project where artists Lucy Telling and Barney Heywood (Stand + Stare) have produced a portable work of art, designed specially for older people living in the Corby area. This artwork responds to the community by engaging and inspiring elderly individuals, some of whom suffer from social isolation.
The interactive sculpture takes the shape of a colourful wheeled box, containing drawers of archival facsimiles which can be handled and play clips from recorded interviews through concealed speakers. This can be taken into the homes of elderly people and used to prompt reflections and conversations between befriending volunteers and isolated residents.
The artwork will be pledged indefinitely to Royal Voluntary Service, Corby as a way to continually benefit the elderly community and to act as an interactive record of stories told by local people.
Stand + Stare will showcase their new artwork at a launch event Thursday 22 March from midday.
Earlier this year the artists first visited heritage centres and archives in and around Corby to gather imagery relating to the town’s history; focusing on themes such as leisure, family, shopping and work. Lucy and Barney then interviewed volunteers, staff and residents at a site of assisted living in Corby, showing them the artefacts and asking them about their own memories of the town.
Thanks to Arts Council England, Northamptonshire Community Foundation, Made In Corby and Garfield Weston for supporting this project. Special thanks also to staff and volunteers at Royal Voluntary Service, Swan Gardens, Corby Borough Council’s Heritage & Heritage Team and Contemporary Visual Arts Network East Midlands.