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Dukes exhibition Connecting Dementia And Art

Chris Satori


A showcase of artworks by people living with dementia is on exhibition from Monday at The Dukes gallery in Lancaster.

Making Connections Through Contemporary Art is the result of a major national research project – Dementia and Imagination – which involved Lancaster clinical psychologist, Dr Kat Taylor. She helped to curate the exhibition alongside Clive Parkinson from Arts for Health at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Dr Taylor said: “Through the artists' interventions and patients' engagement, we are getting closer to being able to say what works in art intervention and what role art can play in making dementia-friendly communities.”

As well as displaying some of the work made by people with dementia, the exhibition offers an insight into the research project which involved around 100 patients, families and staff from Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust.

It is thought that such public exhibitions can help challenge people’s perceptions of dementia and build more dementia friendly communities.

The exhibition, which runs from August 14-September 9, coincides with The Dukes pioneering three-year programme to improve access to the arts for people with dementia – A Life More Ordinary. There are a number of interesting regular activities specially tailored for people living with dementia too, all listed on the dukes' website.

Dementia and Imagination: Making Connections Through Contemporary Art can be viewed during normal Dukes opening hours. If you are making a special trip to see it, call the Box Office tel. 01524 598500 as sometimes the gallery is used for other activities.