Who are we?

The Napkin Project is a joint venture between the artist Deirdre Nelson, Brunelcare and arts consultancy Willis Newson.

blue bird work in progressAbout Deirdre Nelson

Deirdre Nelson graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 1992 and has pursued a parallel career in creating work for exhibition and commission and in working as a tutor to various groups.  Her craft practice has evolved through experimentation with materials and methods of making in which hand work and craftsmanship provide both direction and context. Hand skills are used though the work in a humorous commentary on social and textile history within the contemporary gallery.  Her textile work employs a variety of techniques and materials, fusing traditional textile skills and contemporary reinterpretation through photography and digital manipulation.
Deirdre is a keen blogger and tweeter and has developed ways to incorporate this in to her creative practice through reporting and engaging a wider audience in her work .  In 2008 she received a Jerwood Contemporary Makers Award.
About Brunelcare

Brunelcare are providers of high quality housing, care and support for older people in the South West. They are widely recognised for their expertise and excellence in caring for people living with dementia and supporting their families.

The 48-bed Saffron Gardens care home in Bristol has been developed as a centre of dementia care excellence.  It was designed by Brunelcare working alongside researchers from Stirling University and architects Noma and houses residents within four family-style communities, each with their own communal areas.  It also provides a number of flats where family members can live with, for example, a partner with dementia in a supportive and safe environment. www.brunelcare.org.uk

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Willis Newson is the UK’s leading independent arts consultancy working with health, community and education partners in public spaces.  It specialises in the field of arts and health.  Willis Newson worked with Brunelcare to brief and manage the artwork commissions for their new Saffron Gardens development. www.willisnewson.co.uk


We would like to thank Arts Council England, Bristol City Council and Brunelcare for supporting and funding this project. 

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