A pioneering new exhibition highlighting the therapeutic benefits art brings to older people - particularly those living with dementia and other medical conditions. National charity, The Abbeyfield Society, has been working with residents living at its houses and homes across the UK to create this stunning showcase of paintings, sculptures and textiles.
The charity is marking its 60th anniversary celebrations with the exhibition, which will be in residency at Birmingham until October, before going on to tour the UK in a bid to challenge public perceptions about older age and specifically dementia.
The collection includes exhibits created by an artist left virtually bed bound by complex medical conditions whose art sets her free and the dementia resident for whom art soothes and calms. But it also contains pieces created by people living within the family of Abbeyfield for whom art has been a lifelong passion and a mainstay in their continued good health and wellbeing. Abbeyfield nurtures and encourages this, providing art activities and areas for people to paint and enjoy craft making in its houses and homes.
That includes people like 92-year-old Reverend Michael Laparge of Abbeyfield’s Drake Lodge in Tavistock, Devon, a former silver medal holder for rowing in the 1948 London Olympics and World War II Pilot, whose love of art flourished while he was a missionary in Kenya.
This exhibition is on display in the Community Gallery and is free to enter.