Unique exhibition set for Corn Hall
Around 100 people, including those living with dementia, their carers and volunteers, are helping to create a unique exhibition in Diss.
Four dementia cafés have joined forces to create pieces of art for an exhibition called Beyond Dementia at the Corn Hall later this month.
The Corn Hall has brought the exhibition together as part of its work to engage with the local community.
“The Dove dementia café was already holding art groups and, through a conversation with one of their leaders, the idea for the exibition was born,” said Jessica Vincent, arts and heritage outreach assistant.
Groups taking part are Dove dementia café, which meets at the United Reformed Church, the Eden dementia café, which meets at De Lucy House in Diss, the Pabulum café, which meets at Weavers Court, and Age UK Norfolk’s Pabulum café, which also meets at the United Reformed Church.
Amelia Worley, dementia lead for Age UK Norfolk, said: “We heard about the exhibition after we started sharing the church with Dove Café.
“They were holding art classes and this inspired us, first making art from ready mixed paint and sugar paper.
“Diss Waveney Rotary Club then donated some funds for more materials and we invested in air-drying clay, canvasses and oil paints.
“We have had three or four sessions this summer and everyone is really enjoying it.
“We have one woman who painted a beautiful vase of flowers that surprised both her and her husband – she didn’t know she could even paint.”
The exhibition will run at the Corn Hall between September 21 and October 24.
There will be free dementia information sessions on October 1 and October 15.
The work has been described as an eclectic mix and uses a range of materials, from clay to oil paints.
Carer Penny White, from Tibenham, whose husband Alan lives with dementia and has been taking part in the classes, said: “We have only just started the art classes and it’s lovely to see Alan with a paintbrush in his hand.”