Health board sign up for Bay art exhibition with a difference
10:16am Monday 2nd September 2013 in Penarth news
STAFF of the local health board are joining artists and volunteers for an art exhibition with a difference in Cardiff bay.
The Art in DeMEntia exhibition has been organised by charity SOLACE, which works with Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, supported by the Cardiff and Vale Health Charity, to help people diagnosed with dementia and their carers.
It takes place from Tuesday October 8 to October 12 at the Norwegian Church.
Pam Noble, volunteer carer co-ordinator said SOLACE aimed to help dementia sufferers remain mentally active to prevent deterioration.
She said: “We want to see the people we support and their carers using their brains and discovering their creativity, and the artwork they have produced really has been impressive. “We have never held an art exhibition before, and we are excited to showcase their talents.”
Mike Williams is a local artist who works with the group.
“Since I’ve been involved with the group I have tried to understand the impact of dementia on the brain and why people respond to painting in different ways,” he said.
“One person might only use one colour or someone else might prefer perpendicular lines. Everyone has their own unique style.
“Before this group was formed not many of them had ever drawn or painted before. Being part of that process of unlocking these talents has given me great pleasure but more importantly I can see a difference in the people who come. I see their pride and pleasure when they receive compliments and the help it gives to the carers to recognise that there is life after a diagnosis of dementia.”
Greggs is supporting the exhibition.
More information is available at www.norwegianchurchcardiff.co.uk