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Gulls fly with memories on their wings

16 July 2018

As part of our community outreach, artists WeAreFrilly held workshops at Willows Care Home. The residents produced artwork about holidays from days gone by. Inspired by the residents’ and their memories, WeAreFrilly have produced this art instillation of gulls for our Workdays and Holidays exhibition. The gulls flutter above holiday vehicles, as if heading towards the sea. They embody the nostalgia of childhood holidays and visiting the seaside, which is a familiar experience for many people. When combined with the real sounds of Coventry’s own gulls, we hope that the installation helps to promote the recollection of fond memories.

The gulls also reflect memories in a wider sense, as sadly 1 in 6 people over the age of 80 have dementia, which is represented by 4 pale gulls as a reflection of the possible cloudiness and unfamiliarity that people living with dementia may face. The remaining 20 gulls are a nod to the future, a comment on how the number of people living with dementia will double every 20 years.

This thought-provoking project was enabled with thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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