For most people, Dementia is a worse-case scenario: with symptoms that range from memory loss to the deterioration of speech and problem-solving skills, the debilitating disease can rob someone of their very identity. But, for one group in Washington, some good has come of the terrifying condition – that is, the opportunity to create beautifully expressive works of art.
In this moving exhibition, Creative Age – a collective that comprises of early-stage Dementia sufferers and their carers – are set to showcase a brilliant array of work for the first time ever. After working alongside a number of local artists, the group have created a wealth of pieces that span every inch of the artistic spectrum, from drawings and portraits to film, glasswork, and even a 3D installation of Penshaw Monument.
The public are warmly invited to meet the group and see them in action at Arts Centre Washington on Saturday 22nd of April, during which time they can be seen crafting floral additions to the impressive Penshaw Monument sculpture. Visitors can even get involved themselves, with help from artists involved in the project. Following the launch, the show will continue to run until Friday 2nd June.
If there’s just one amateur art show you visit this year, it has to be this one – after all, could there be anything more inspiring than a group of people determined not to lose their sense of self?