The Senses – South Yorkshire Dementia Creative Arts Exhibition 2016
Natasha and I are very pleased to confirm that the 2016 South Yorkshire Dementia Creative Arts Exhibition will take place in Barnsley between Saturday 7th and Friday 13th May (not open Sunday 8th) 2016. The exhibition will for the first time be split across a number of venues which will, thanks to the support of these organisations, include Barnsley College, St Mary’s Church and Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. A full Exhibition Programme for the week long event will be sent out to you 4 weeks before the exhibition, and will include details of other activities associated with the exhibition which you might consider visiting.
For the first time the South Yorkshire Dementia Creative Exhibition will be twinned with a parallel exhibition in the USA which will take place in June 2016. Our partners in Detroit, including a number of artists affected by dementia, will have their work displayed in Barnsley. In exchange, they have offered to show work created by people in South Yorkshire at the Detroit exhibition. This is a fantastic and unique opportunity to reach an international audience. However, anyone who would like their creative artwork to be also included in the Detroit exhibition must contact us ASAP and commit to have the work completed by March 2016 in order that it can appear in the joint exhibition programme we are creating.
People with memory problems or dementia, their family members and care and support practitioners are invited to take part in the 2016 event. The theme for 2016 is ‘The Senses’. Anyone affected by memory loss or dementia is invited to contribute creative art to the exhibition. This could be painting, poetry, sculpture, mosaic, photographs, music, video-based work, life-stories – in fact anything connected (even loosely) with the theme. We appreciate fully that the exhibition’s success relies largely on arts coordinators and other supporters providing opportunities for people with dementia or memory problems to get creative. We would be very grateful for your support to ensure the 2016 exhibition is the best yet. Thank you.
The main objective of the exhibition is to offer members of South Yorkshire’s dementia community an annual opportunity to showcase their talents and share their experiences of life lived with dementia. Everyone is welcome to visit the exhibition venues and see their work on display. As usual, trained, friendly, volunteers will be on hand to welcome people and, where the budget allows, refreshments, will be available. Information about parking is available on request.
What to do now?
A poster for the exhibition will be sent soon for you to display. If you have not already confirmed you intend to take part in the exhibition please contact us ASAP – this will help allay our anxiety about what will appear at the exhibition and assist greatly with planning. Call David Reid on 0114 222 2060 or even better drop us a quick email email@example.com to let us know you or your organisation is taking part. Thank you.
We look forward to hearing from you.
David and Natasha
South Yorkshire Dementia Creative Arts Exhibition Coordinators