SYDCAE Art on Tour 2018: Bloomington, Indiana, USA

Artwork from previous SYDCAEs has been on display at an Art Show at Jill’s House, and shown at the Dementia Friendly Bloomington Workshop in Indiana, USA.

Many thanks to Jan Bays, Program Development and Education at Jill’s House and to John Wood.

It’s great to see creative art from persons affected by dementia in South Yorkshire stimulating thinking across the Atlantic once again.


Spoken Word Event 2018@SYDCAE

So, today we had our Spoken Word event in the Cathedral. And it was fantastic!

The audio version of this will be available on this webpage once we have sorted out the technology.

Many thanks to Helen Smith (see above) from Mapplewell Manor. Thanks also to Barnsley Alzheimer’s Society and the volunteers who came and stood in admirably for our long term supporter and friend Diane Hinchliffe. 

And it was great to hear from Anne Ashmore, a long-term contributor of poems to the South Yorkshire Dementia Creative Arts Exhibition.

We welcomed persons from care homes and persons living in the community to attend and read out their poems in the intimate setting of the Shrewsbury Chapel.

This is the 4th year we have done this and next year we have already decided that we must generate a bigger audience. Please get in touch if you would like to help do that with us.

SYDCAE 2018 Poster by Gabrielle Sisler – Celebration of Life

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My name is Gabrielle Sisler, I am currently majoring in graphic design at Henry Ford College in Dearborn, Michigan. I also do freelance graphic and poster design, and most recently received an award for my Michigan LAND illustration cover. Eventually I will pursue a career in illustration fully. When working on the poster for SYDCAE, I was looking to achieve an overall optimism through harmonious design. I chose symbols that reflected renewal and structured them in a symmetrical and calming visual. In my spare time I enjoy figure drawing and spend a lot of my spare time rooting my 7 year old on at his hockey games! (March 2018)

2018 Exhibition Theme: Celebration of Life

The exhibition and associated events will run between 2-8 July 2018 at Sheffield Cathedral.

The 2018 Theme is: Celebration of Life
Anyone affected by dementia is invited to prepare and submit original creative artwork to this international exhibition: people with dementia, family supporters and friends and paid and volunteer practitioners are all invited to take part.
We have a sister exhibition in Michigan which plans to host it’s 3rd annual event at Detroit Institute of Arts – and images of work from South Yorkshire contributors will be included in this event, too.
Contact me for further information about submission arrangements.
Key events for SYDCAE 2018 (all at Sheffield Cathedral)
  • DROP-OFF for submissions: Friday 29th June (0900-1600)
  • Preview: Monday 2nd July, 1-4pm
  • Launch event: Tuesday 3rd July, 1030-1200
  • ‘Dementia Futures 3’: PhD researchers share their work in plain English: Tuesday 3rd July, (1230-1530)
  • SYDCAE Short Films Festival: Wednesday 4th July (1130-1400)
  • Drinks Reception: Wednesday 4th July, (1900-2100)
  • 2nd Spoken Word Event – Poetry at the Cathedral: Thursday 5th July (1400-1600)
  • COLLECTION of submissions: Monday 9th July (0900-1600)
Please register your interest by emailing me at for future updates and or please circulate this information to your colleagues and contacts.
Thank you for your support.
Kind regards,
David and the exhibition committee.

2018 SYDCAE to be held at Sheffield Cathedral again

We’re delighted to announce that the 2018 SYDCAE will be held at Sheffield Cathedral again.

The key dates for the 2018 SYDCAE, our 10th annual event, are:

  • All work to be dropped off Friday 29th June
  • Exhibition open, Monday 2nd July-Sunday 8th July (normal Cathedral opening hours)
  • All work to be picked up: Monday 9th July

The theme for the 2018 event will be announced in August 2017 and the registration process will then be open.

SYDCAE 2018 Registration

In 2018, to improve the way we accept, curate and return items of creative artwork, we are operating a more formal registration process. This includes:

  • requirement that a SYDCAE submission form is completed for all creative art entered into the exhibition
  • requirement that no creative art will be accepted unless a completed submission form has been completed and returned in advance of the drop off day (Friday 29th June 2018)
  • requirement that ALL creative art is labelled clearly on the reverse with individual’s/organisation’s name and contact phone number
  • we will no longer accept framed work which contains glass. Framed work without glass is acceptable.

If you would like to register your interest in being part of the biggest and best SYDCAE yet please use the Contact link on this website.

See the BBC Look North film on the 2017 SYDCAE



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