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Hallamshire Family Tree

 

By Residents, Staff and family, Hallamshire Care Home. Photo by Tracy King.

Tracy King, the Activity Coordinator at the Hallamshire Care Home, Sheffield, says of their forthcoming contribution to SYDCAE2017:

“I got the basic idea of making a family tree for the exhibition from a recent NAPA magazine. I added my own thoughts to the project and felt the bare tree could be adorned with bright coloured labels with the names of each of the residents and staff. The labels could open up like a book and those who wanted could have a limerick of their life in the centre.

We had some very interesting and fun sessions in the lounge bouncing around ideas for limericks between the residents and staff. I was amazed at the positive response from most of the residents when I read their limerick out to them. The staff fully entered into the spirit of the whole venture and were very supportive. One of the nicest parts of the creative experience was to remember residents who have passed away in recent months and to write them a limerick which marks out their life. I had help and support from relatives with this.”

 

Detail from Hallamshire Family Tree

Many thanks to our supporters:

Poster Design

Thank you to Paul Copley for designing our 2017 poster.

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Paul did this for us in a very timely fashion  and with great professionalism.

Paul also created our fantastic SYDCAE logo back in 2014.

Please consider visiting Paul’s website:

pauljcopley.co.uk

 

 

Humans of Dementia

By Maria Nightingale for SYDCAE2016

 

My name is Maria Nightingale, I am a registered nurse working in Sheffield and throughout my short career have found a passion that drives me to help eliminate the stigma of dementia. For this year’s South Yorkshire Dementia Creative Arts Exhibition I want to meet and get to know people with a diagnosis of dementia by discussing significant places and times in their lives.

If you would like to help me with my project then I would be delighted to meet with you and from our time together I will aim to capture a true reflection of you. I will do this by using quotes from our conversations that will sit under a single photograph of you, either alone or with somebody if you wish. This will then be framed and hung in this year’s exhibition.

My inspiration for this is from the hugely successful ‘Humans of New York’ which is readily available online if you wish to (and I encourage you to) discover this yourself.

My aim throughout this project is to give voice and empower the people behind the diagnosis of dementia.

My mission is to discover and share the Humans of Dementia.

If you would like to take part please contact me by email: missmarianightingale@gmail.com

Moments in Time

On Thursday 29th June there will be a special spoken word event at Sheffield Cathedral, entitled ‘Moments in Time’.

Diane Hinchliffe has been offering creative personal and professional development for individuals and groups of all ages since 1998.

For ‘Moments in Time’ Diane will be reading a mixture of some of her own poetry along with poetry created with individuals in her work, and supporting others to read their original work as part of the 2017 South Yorkshire Dementia Creative Arts Exhibition.

All poetry will be authored by people affected in one way or another by dementia.

Diane says the event promises:

“A poetic sharing of words capturing a thought, a feeling and the essence of what is seen, heard or felt in the moment”

If you would like to write a poem and read it at ‘Moments in Time’ it is not too late. Please contact Diane by email at dianehinchliffe@blueyonder.co.uk or by phone on 07711 682048

Please come along to share this unique event with us

When and where: 2.30pm-4.00pm, Thursday 29th June, Sheffield Cathedral

 

For more information about Diane Hinchliffe’s work please see below:

With a background of Counselling and Psychotherapy I step into my work as a poet like stepping into the unknown – just as in the therapy room, yet with the certainty that poetry offers the people I work with a voice. A voice to share what they think and feel about whatever emerges in the space we create together.”

Diane Hinchliffe Creative People Development

Emotional Health & Wellbeing Practitioner Children | Adults | Older People Individuals and Groups

Contact Diane on 07711 682048

Website: www.creative-pd.com/

Dementia Futures – a public conference of work by dementia-related PhD students at the University of Sheffield

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Dementia Futures 2017 at the University of Sheffield
When and Where? Monday June 26th, 1pm-4pm at Sheffield Cathedral
Open to the public. Just come along and join in!
A conference focused on current dementia-related postgraduate research
Society’s response to dementia must be multi-faceted and at the University of Sheffield we have an impressive track-record contributing to this response. Building on this and thinking ahead we have currently a range of cutting-edge postgraduate research studies being undertaken across different disciplinary areas within the university.
Following up our successful inaugural Dementia Futures conference held in 2015 some of our current dementia-related PhD students are coming together again to showcase their work to the public. Our students want to explain:
  • what it is they are researching
  • what their research findings could mean for those affected by dementia
  • and hear what members of the public think about their work
Dementia Futures at the University of Sheffield is a half-day conference which will be held as part of the 9th annual South Yorkshire Dementia Creative Arts Exhibition at the beautiful Sheffield Cathedral. The conference will include short presentations by 6 postgraduate researchers, question and answer sessions, and a poster display. Prior to the conference beginning delegates will be able to visit the annual Exhibition of creative art by people affected by dementia on display around Sheffield Cathedral.

2017 South Yorkshire Dementia Creative Art Exhibition: Places and Times

by Nadheer Jasim Email: nazeer.zaxoyi@hotmail.com

‘Places and Times’ by Nadheer Jasim Email: nazeer.zaxoyi@hotmail.com

 

The theme for the 9th annual Exhibition is ‘Places and Times’.

The exhibition will take place between Monday 26th June and Sunday 2nd July 2017 at Sheffield Cathedral.

We are pleased to confirm that the 2017 South Yorkshire Dementia Creative Arts Exhibition will take place in Sheffield between Monday 26th and Sunday 2nd July 2017. The exhibition will take place at the beautiful Sheffield Cathedral. This follows on from our successful 2016 Exhibition in Barnsley and sister exhibition in Detroit, where artwork from South Yorkshire was displayed.

People with memory problems or dementia, their family members and care and support practitioners are now invited to take part in the 2017 event. The theme for 2017 is ‘Places and Times’. 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 continued 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 facilitate the involvement of people affected by dementia to ensure the 2017 exhibition is the best yet.

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 take part and to visit Sheffield Cathedral and see their work on display – and the exhibition is of course open to the public. 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.

If you register your interest a full SYDCAE2017 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.

Events at SYDCAE2017

Dementia Futures

There will be a half-day Dementia Futures conference on Monday 26th of June, at which University of Sheffield postgraduate researchers explain their current PhD dementia research in plain English.

Screening of ‘Gracie’ and Q&A with director

We can also confirm that filmmaker and actor Matthew Jacobs Morgan will attend and speak at a screening of his acclaimed film ‘Gracie’ on Tuesday 27th June at 1.15pm-3pm.

Moments in Time 

On Thursday 29th June, 2.30pm-4pm, there will be a spoken word event led by local poet Diane Hincliffe. A poetic sharing of words capturing a thought, a feeling and the essence of what is seen, heard or felt in the moment.

All events are free and open to the public.

Following a competition held among the tremendously talented Foundation Art students at Sheffield College in September 2016, on the theme of ‘Places and Times’, we have a beautiful poster available to advertise the exhibition. Congratulations and thanks to Nadheer Jasim for his wonderful picture. More information about this unique collaboration and a link to the BBC Radio Sheffield item on this, including hearing from students who took part, can be found here: http://www.shef.ac.uk/snm/news/drawingdementia-1.659371

  • What to do now?
    Please register your interest in taking part in the exhibition now by sending an email to the exhibition cordinator David Reid (d.reid@sheffield.ac.uk) or leave him a message on 0114 222 2060.
  • If you have not already confirmed you intend to take part in the exhibition please contact us ASAP – this will help allay our anxieties about what will appear at the exhibition and assist greatly with planning.
  • Those who register will be sent the stunning exhibition poster and further details about submission arrangements, including timings and labelling.

We look forward to hearing from you soon and meeting you in June.

David Reid, Natasha Wilson and Albert Attom

South Yorkshire Dementia Creative Arts Exhibition Coordinators
Exhibition website: www.sydcae.co.uk
Twitter: @SYDCAE
Facebook: SouthYorkshireDementiaCreativeArtsExhibition

Matthew Jacobs Morgan to speak at ‘Gracie’ screening

Gracie

As part of the 9th South Yorkshire Dementia Creative Arts Exhibition we shall be screening “Gracie’, a film starring and directed by Mathew Jacobs Morgan.

Matthew will introduce the screening and take part in a Question and Answer session.

When and Where? Tuesday June 26th, 1.15pm-3pm at Sheffield Cathedral

This event is open to the public. Simply turn up on the day.

With regards to making ‘Gracie’, Matthew explains:

This is a project very close to my heart. I lost my own Grandmother to vascular dementia after a long struggle, and before seeing the affect of dementia first hand, my understanding of the illness, as a young person was almost non-existent. I wanted to draw upon my experience, and give insight into what life is like for both a dementia sufferer, and their family

Matthew Jacobs Morgan

Matthew Jacobs Morgan

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