‘Beyond Dementia’ New Exhibition at The Whitworth
28th July – 17th September
Dementia is currently striking fear into many older people, and with the latest figures showing that we now have approaching One Million people living with dementia, this timely exhibition will aim to show that there are ways to live well after diagnosis.
Beyond Dementia explores the lived experience of dementia, looking beyond the condition and highlighting the positives and will be curated by the Fabulous Forgetful Friends. The exhibition includes artworks created by a group of people living with dementia displayed alongside works from the Whitworth‘ art collection.
Fabulous Forgetful Friends is a group based in Manchester organised by a not-for-profit community interest company, Together Dementia Support. The aim of the exhibition and its accompanying public programme is to explore and support active citizenship for these individuals as the producers of the exhibition, allowing a unique approach to a better understanding of dementia.
Living With Dementia
Beyond Dementia looks at how we work with those living with dementia and focuses on living beyond the disease. When we speak of dementia we often speak of loss: the loss of memory, the decline in physical functioning, and the progressive loss of self. This view can lead to a further and more problematic loss, the loss of voice, as the stories of people living with dementia are too often ignored. Beyond Dementia is a ground-breaking exhibition that brings together the words and stories of a group of people living with dementia along with artworks they have produced and a display they have curated from the Whitworth’s art collection.
A programme of free events includes Mindfulness for Carers, opportunities to become a Dementia Friend, film screenings and artist-led activities including print-making, badge-making and sketchbook-making for Carers. Each of these workshops seeks to give further insight into the benefits of arts engagement and the ways in which we think about dementia and the profound impact of experiencing dementia.
‘I hope that our display will play a part in changing our communities’ views of dementia and let us live for the moments we’re in. Remembering that even within the illness we remain very much individuals.’ Ronnie Lomax, Fabulous Forgetful Friend.