An exhibition of work created by people living with early onset dementia and their carers living in the region opens to the public today.
Creative Age, a new exhibition created by a group of the same name, opens on April 22nd at Arts Centre Washington, with an event to launch the project.
The event will include drawings, felting, glasswork, giant portraits, cyanotype printing, animation, fantasy film and a 3D installation of Penshaw Monument.
The launch event will take place from 11am until 2pm with members of the public invited to meet the group, make a flower to be placed on the Penshaw Monument installation and take part in a number of free workshops delivered by the artists who have been working with the group.
The group at Arts Centre Washington have been working with different artists using different mediums and gaining new skills to create their first exhibition.
The initiative has been devised by older people’s charity Equal Arts based in Gateshead and funded by Comic Relief and Arts Council England.
The group meets weekly in a number of cultural venues in the North East and Cumbria, Creative Age moves away from memory-based activities for people living with dementia and instead focuses on living in the moment and exploring creativity.
Douglas Hunter, co-director of Equal Arts, said:
Rachel Hamer, Participation Co-ordinator at Arts Centre Washington, added:
Sunderland City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Public Health, Wellness and Culture, Councillor John Kelly said:
The exhibition will run until June 2nd.