Art work by South Tyneside dementia sufferers go on display

Counc Alan Kerr, Coun Tracey Dixon, and Librarian Tom Relph,  with the Dementia Photo Cubes at Cleadon Library.
Counc Alan Kerr, Coun Tracey Dixon, and Librarian Tom Relph, with the Dementia Photo Cubes at Cleadon Library.

The impact of art on people with dementia is the focus of a new exhibition taking place in a South Tyneside Library.

The exhibition features artwork by people with dementia who took part in some visual arts activities alongside researchers aiming to discover whether art can improve the wellbeing of those living with the condition.

The images are being presented as photo cubes and are on display at Cleadon Library until Saturday 30 September.

Coun Tracey Dixon, lead member for independence and wellbeing, said: “Dementia is a condition which affects more and more people. However, a number of studies show that making and observing art can make a difference to the lives of people living with dementia and may even have wider community benefits.

“This project is incredibly valuable in seeking to find the answers to many unanswered questions about dementia and providing ways to help people with the condition live better lives.”

To complement the exhibition, a drop-in event is being held at the library on Thursday when Dr Bruce Davenport, one of the researchers from the project, will give a talk at 2pm.

He will outline what the research team has learnt so far about the way art activities can enrich and support the lives of people with dementia.

Coun Alan Kerr, deputy leader with responsibility for leisure and culture, added: “I am delighted that people from the borough have been involved with this fascinating project and would encourage people to come along and see the exhibition.”