Residents help create artwork for new Shrewsbury care home

Shrewsbury’s famous river will be commemorated in a 40-metre mosaic path at a flagship care complex in the town.

mosaicThe artwork, which will be created by Oswestry based Designs in Mind, will run alongside a path that will lead from the door of the centre around the gardens and will be based on the River Severn.

mosaicIt will be one of the key features at the new residential and nursing home on the site of the former Territorial Army centre on Sundorne Road.

Shropshire’s largest independent care provider, the not-for-profit Coverage Care Services, is building the 90-room home. Residents from another Coverage Care home, Crowmoor House in Monkmoor, who will be moving into the new facility, helped come up with ideas for the mosaic at a recent workshop.

Jo Davis, Artistic Director at Designs in Mind, said: “The workshop was a great way to engage with residents, their families and staff and stimulate memories to do with the river that we can translate into the mosaic.

“It involved singing, discussion and looking at photos and people were remembering skating on the river, when it iced over and going on boats as well as animals and scenes they remember along the Severn. It was a really useful event to help us with ideas for the mosaic path.

“The mosaic will be a 250mm wide edging along the path, which will itself meander around the grounds much like the River Severn.”

Designs in Mind is a creative business that works with people who are in touch with adult mental health services. It undertakes art commissions for hospitals and public spaces.

It is the second time Coverage Care has worked with the organisation. It commissioned Designs in Mind to create art work for the reception and name boards for units at the New Fairholme development in Oswestry.

Chief Executive David Coull said: “We are all very excited about working with Designs in Mind again. Their work at New Fairholme continues to be a focal point for our residents and visitors and I am sure that the mosaic path will become a feature at the new Shrewsbury home as well.”

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