Artlink West Yorkshire have acquired funding to undertake a 12 week project at Donisthorpe Hall, working with residents who are living with dementia.
I visited the project in week 4 where the theme of the session was abstract art. A number of residents had created their own abstract works of art and one lady had even used a biscuit to create texture. The session ended with a discussion about various abstract works of art which were projected onto a big screen in the middle of the room.
Becky, a writer and poet who helps to run the session explained that the project was entitled “In the Moment” as it encouraged residents to think about things outside of their normal thought routine and to become absorbed and relaxed in what they were doing.
It was amazing to see the work created by these residents, some of whom said they had never been good at or had an interest in art. A large number got actively involved either by creating art work of their own or by participating in the open discussion. The session evoked past memories of the residents and encouraged them to speak about new and interesting topics. It was great to see the fantastic work done by the Artlink Team and the fantastic impact that it is having on the lives of our residents.
Read about another of the Artlink sessions at Donisthorpe here: http://www.artlinkwestyorks.org/blog/2014/11/07/in-the-moment/
Read John Fisher’s article (which also appeared in the Jewish Telegraph): https://www.donisthorpehall.org/news/abstract-art-good-dementia-sufferers/#.VIcVZjGsXPo