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Studio 5

Lost in art

January – March 2015

An exhibition to celebrate artwork created by the Lost in art group.

Lost in Art is a project for engaging people aged 50+ with dementia, along with their family members and carers. Each week, participants visit the galleries at Ruthin Craft Centre where they view and respond to exhibitions; working alongside artist Sian Hughes they produce artwork with the gallery acting as starting point and inspiration. The aim of the project is to explore the role of the visual arts in addressing issues which can affect people with dementia, including social isolation, confidence, communication and quality of life and wellbeing.

This season the group were inspired by Eleanor Glover’s film ‘Dogshaped’ from ‘Is it Wood’ exhibition and by Julie Arkell’s exhibition ‘Away’. Children from Ysgol Frongoch worked alongside the Lost in Art group to make a collaborative artwork, over several sessions.

For the first of these, the 14 pupils from year 5 visited Ruthin Craft Centre, where they were introduced to the work of Eleanor Glover and Julie Arkell followed by workshop, where the Lost In Art Group had the opportunity to share their creative ideas with the children. Two weeks later, Lost in Art members visited the pupils at their school to continue developing their work ending with a celebratory pop-up exhibition in the school which was attended by other pupils, parents and teachers.

This exhibition is the result of the gallery inspiration and the school collaboration.

The Lost in Art project is managed by Denbighshire Arts Service and funded by Denbighshire County Council and Arts Council Wales.

For further details about Lost in Art please contact DCC Arts Officer Sian Fitzgerald: Tel: 01824 708216 / E-mail: sian.fitzgerald@denbighshire.gov.uk

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