A pioneering art exhibition is currently on display in the Crooked Spire which showcases art from people suffering with dementia.
Around 100 patients, families and staff from Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust have come together for the ‘Dementia and Imagination’ project.
Professional artists from Nottingham Contemporary, one of the largest contemporary art centres in the UK, have provided arts interventions, and researchers have been looking at how art can be used most effectively in treating patients with memory loss.
The exhibition is curated by artists and researchers from Arts for Health at Manchester Metropolitan University.
As well as displaying some of the works made by people with dementia, the exhibition offers insight into the ambitious ‘Dementia and Imagination’ research project.
Lorraine Turner, occupational therapist based at Newholme Hospital, Bakewell, said: “We know from our work with dementia patients and their families in Derbyshire how well they respond to creative arts activities.
“We have seen with our own eyes how patients who have withdrawn as a result of their illness can engage again with the people around them through sharing art activities. The results can be amazing.”
Researcher Dr Kat Taylor, a clinical psychologist with Arts for Health at Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art and Design said: “Through the artists’ interventions and patient’s 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.”
The exhibition will be accessible to view at the Parish Centre of Chesterfield’s Crooked all weekend.
It will close on wedner
More details of the study are available on the website: http://dementiaandimagination.org.uk.