Children's Art Exhibition In Durham Reflects On Dementia

Dementia Art Project

7:30am 19th March 2017

Artwork illustrating children's understanding of dementia has gone on display in East Durham.

The canvasses and sculptures were created by children and young people as part of a project to raise awareness of the condition.

The works have already been on display at various locations around the area but will now be part of a permanent exhibition at Easington Older Persons Community Health Team in Station Road, Seaham.

The initiative was funded by East Durham AAP and delivered by Creative Youth Opportunities.

The pieces include memory catchers and a giant brain created by young people from Dawdon, which represents the struggle of the brain against dementia.

There are also canvasses showing individual responses to how dementia makes people feel and how it impacts on people and their families.

Shealagh Pearce, principal AAP coordinator, said: "Dementia can be a complicated condition to understand, particularly for children and young people.

"The art project gave them the opportunity to reflect on how it affects the lives of those who have the condition and also to consider how it makes them feel.

"The final pieces are interesting and often very striking."

The art project follows two conferences organised by the AAP last year, where children and adults were encouraged to discuss their thoughts on dementia.


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