Dementia Futures 2018 #DementiaFutures July 3rd 2018


Thanks to everyone who came today to support Dementia Futures 2018. In particular, well done to the 12 University of Sheffield students whose work on dementia was presented so fluently and accessibly.

Our grateful thanks also to Sandra Barker, an Alzheimer’s Society Research Network Volunteer, who gave the invited plenary session on the role and significance of Research Network Volunteers.

If you would like a copy of the Dementia Futures 2018 Conference Programme click this link

Look out for Dementia Futures 2019!

‘Dementia Clock’ by Siana Glen and G1 service users, Sheffield

Dementia Clock

“As the hands around the clock move, they land on quotes from people with dementia about meaningful periods in their life, and therefore their concept of time as opposed to our own. Often people with dementia become ‘stuck’ in different periods of their life and, to reduce stigmatisation, I hope the piece will challenge viewers concepts around the symptoms of memory loss experienced by people with dementia and re-consider preserving their personhood through acceptance of who they are in their moment.”

On display at SYDCAE 2017, Sheffield Cathedral, June 26 – July 2

Siana Glen, OT Student, Sheffield Hallam University


Dementia Arts in South Yorkshire

Dementia Arts in South Yorkshire


About DAiSY

Dementia Arts in South Yorkshire is a new community group set up by David Reid, Natasha Wilson and Albert Attom in late 2015. The DAiSY group is registered with the South Yorkshire Community Foundation.

Between them, David, Natasha and Albert have organised the annual South Yorkshire Dementia Creative Arts exhibition for the past 7 years ( We decided to form a new community group, with a committee, a Constitution and subscription membership. We wanted to create a more effective way of coordinating and funding the annual arts exhibition going forwards, supporting other dementia-related community initiatives, and ensuring that all of this is connected closely with people living in South Yorkshire.

Whilst not a registered charity, the DAiSY group is run along similar lines. The group’s activities are bound by its written Constitution. All members stand for the Committee and have an equal vote at the Annual General Meeting. In the Constitution, it states that the main aim of DAiSY is:

“To advance dementia awareness (education) for public benefit in particular but not exclusively through the provision of an annual creative arts exhibition for anyone living with or affected by dementia in South Yorkshire”

In relation to DAiSY’s finances, the Constitution states:

“All monies received by or on behalf of the Group shall be applied to further the aim of the Group and for no other purpose”

Become a member of DAiSY

This is an exciting development and we would like you to become involved. We are now looking for people to join the group as members. The membership fee is £5.00 for 12 months. Your membership fee is guaranteed to contribute towards supporting the annual exhibition. This year, the exhibition is taking place across four sites in Barnsley in May 7-13.

By becoming a member you will not only be supporting this established event but you will also have the opportunity to get involved in deciding what we do in 2017 and beyond. You may also want to undertake some fundraising for the group – if not, don’t worry, we are seeking funds from a range of sources. You may want to come to our annual social event or suggest other initiatives that DAiSY

We need your support but we also need your ideas.


2016 Poster

sydcae poster

Many thanks to all the Barnsley College HND Art and Design students who designed posters but it is Paul Pye (email: who won the poster competition for the 2016 South Yorkshire Dementia Creative Arts Exhibition – The Senses.

The Senses – South Yorkshire Dementia Creative Arts Exhibition 2016

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 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
David Reid
Natasha Wilson


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