A ‘living room’ has been set up in Newcastle city centre to highlight the loneliness a growing number of older people face.
Artist Sharon Bailey visited 15 older people who live by themselves, and turned their untold stories into a performance.
Travelling across Newcastle, Gateshead and East Durham, she photographed and recorded conversations with them, spending hours talking and listening.
The living room installation includes photographs made in people’s homes and features a commissioned monologue, written by Catrina McHugh MBE.
Bailey said: “Home Alone is the lived reality for a growing number of frail, vulnerable older people. Our social care system is in a state of emergency with a reduction in those receiving local authority support and qualifying for statutory care services; only people with complex debilitating needs benefit.
“Many older people are now not getting the help they need and are trapped at home.”
The ‘Home Alone’ exhibition runs at The Grainger Market until the end of today.
It has been funded through an Arts Council England award, Equal Arts and East Durham Creates and is supported by Newcastle City Council, Search, Elders Council Newcastle, East Durham Trust, Open Clasp Theatre Company and Grange Day Centre.