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Reflections on creativity
  1. Nigel Hartley, Director
  1. Creative Living Centre, St Christopher’s Hospice, London

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Many people think of creativity as something given as a gift. It is often bad experiences at school, or at some other stage in life, with music, painting or writing, that cause people to feel distanced from art. These experiences are sometimes so unpleasant that people do not attempt to create artistically for the rest of their life. It is intriguing then, that while so many people are disconnected from art for the majority of their life, it is possible to encourage those same, ordinary people, at the end of their life, to create works of art of real value and meaning.

Daisy, for example, was 89 years old and coming to the …

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