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Arts and Minds – supporting people living with memory loss

Want to join us? 

Arts and Minds is a twice monthly arts session for people living with mild memory loss or early stage dementia, and their companion.

A group of people outside a museum main entrance holding up framed artworkOur Arts and Minds arts classes are for people with mild memory loss or early stage dementia and a carer, relative or friend. Led by a group of artists and a Museum Learning Officer with specialist dementia training, the sessions are underpinned by our collections and exhibitions. Our group not only produces wonderful art and craft work but it’s a chance to relax, laugh and meet others on a regular basis over tea, biscuits or cake!

Whilst the Museum is closed we are holding the sessions at the Guildhall twice monthly on Tuesdays 2pm to 4pm. Sessions are free of charge but you need to register with us to attend. Places are limited and allocated on a first come first served basis.

If you are interested in joining this lively, friendly group please email julia.watkinson@plymouth.gov.uk or call 01752 308624 for more details.

About the Arts and Minds project

Our Arts and Minds project launched in April 2014 providing weekly arts classes for people with early stages of dementia and their carer or companion.

Participants got involved in a wide range of creative activities, producing some wonderful art and craft work. It also gave recently diagnosed people living with dementia and their carers the chance to relax, laugh and meet others on a regular basis, helping to improve manual skills and memory.

As part of New Expressions 3, artist Keith Harrison visited the Arts and Minds group to talk about his work on Heavy Rock, an art commission for New Expressions. The group had several sessions responding to his work and the Break Water area in Plymouth.

The project was supported by Plymouth City Council, The Arts Council, NHS Plymouth and the Alzheimer’s Society. It fed into the Dementia Friendly City initiative, and was evaluated by Memory Matters SW Ltd.  Training was supplied by Arts4Dementia, the Alzheimers Society and Memory Matters SW.

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