Lost in Art is a visual arts project for people living with dementia in the community and their carers. Before lock down a group met weekly at the Ruthin Craft Centre.The project is managed by Denbighshire Leisure Ltd and was developed in partnership with the Dementia Services Development Centre at Bangor University. The project formed part of their Dementia and Imagination research project and won The Hearts for the Arts Award for the Best Local Authority Arts Project Encouraging Community Cohesion 2018. Since lock down a Remote Lost in Art was developed, supported by the Arts Council of Wales.
Remote Lost in Art: I am one part of a larger team which enables the whole package to succeed. Aim is to keep already vulnerable people, who enjoyed and relied on creative activities and socialising opportunities, supported and active in during lockdown through: Contact; Art activities; Feedback and Support.
Contact: Initial ascertaining group’s access to digital platforms: private What’s App group set up for informing, sharing tutorial videos, support forum. Plus 2 phone calls every week from the team with opportunity to signpost to social services.
My role: Creating Art Boxes for home distribution by the team, including materials and information sheets with tasks like marbling and air dry clay. Creating weekly filmed tutorials. Purchasing materials on line, encouraging active looking, being imaginative with things that can be found around the house.
Learning curve for me with the videos, initially instructional with close-up of hands, but it was felt that what was lacking for the group was the contact with a person, so I now make them with myself in shot.
The instruction sheets – planning, taking photos at key stages of the process for those with no access to the video, printing out.
I have been learning about optimum mobile phone video settings; basic editing, optimum resolution - have a mini ‘studio’ set up with 2 angle poise lamps and a tripod!
Support and Feedback: Participants use WhatsApp to feedback on their creative work, uploading their photographs and ideas on each process, and in so doing supporting their wellbeing. It is very uplifting to see these conversations, the creative encouragement and experimentation they engender and the obvious value of this support and exchange.
“Lost in Art has gone over and above everyone else and deserve a medal.”
“I can see the difference in Em when he’s occupied.”
I am a creative professional with a portfolio comprising exhibitions, installations, and commissions and delivering workshops in the arts in health and wellbeing sector.
I work with a number of groups such as Criw Celf and Escape Artists for ex-offenders. My long standing projects are with Lost in Art for people living with dementia, and Creative Alternatives for people with mild to moderate mental health issues.
I was awarded a research and development grant from the Arts Council of Wales for Fragments in Time 2019; my production grant application for developing this project is currently on hold with COVID 19.
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