College students create ‘dignity’ themed artwork

Staff and pupils with the artwork.  INCT 28-741-CON
Staff and pupils with the artwork. INCT 28-741-CON

Staff at Carrickfergus Manor Nursing Home have unveiled a new painting created specially for them by local students.

Last year, the home approached Carrickfergus College to inquire if they would be interested in supplying artwork for the tea room.

Carrickfergus Manor, based on Dunluskin Gardens, first opened in May 2013.

The facility currently provides care for the elderly and those living with dementia.

Commenting on the reason behind the commission, a spokesperson for the home said: “We have found that art work appeals and attracts a lot of attention and can be very therapeutic.”

Following the request, pupils from the school designed a fantastic piece of art centred around the theme of dignity.

It depicts Carrickfergus Castle with soldiers outside carrying flags.

The flags can be written on showing dignity pledges from residents, families and staff.

The piece was created by GCSE students, overseen by head of the art department, Gillian Long.

Meanwhile, Carrickfergus Manor also recently held an afternoon tea party to raise funds and awareness for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Over £100 was raised for the older people’s charity during the event.