‘I Will Tell You Something…’ exhibition incl highlights of opening night

Posted on 18. Dec, 2013 by in Arts, Charity, Featured, Health, News

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SCTV-noms-2013-community events filmThis film gives a taster ‘highlights’ of the wonderful project, ‘I Will Tell You Something of My Own’. This is film is one of eight films from the opening event that try to capture some of the wonderful voices, photos, art, poems and stories that make up this exhibition looking at dementia. See more about this exhibition including the other films at: http://stroudcommunity.tv/tag/dementia/

Update new release 17th December 2014: You can buy both of Bentia’s songs (see film 3 and 4) recorded in Nailsworth; all money goes to charity; 50% proceeds will go to Alzheimer’s Society UK and 50% proceeds will go to Parkinson’s UK. https://benitajohnson.bandcamp.com/album/feel-your-way

This project is an artistic and scholarly exploration into dementia, which aims to combat the perception of dementia as a ‘living death’ or ‘slow unravelling of the self’. The highpoint of this is an exhibition, using poetry, photography, song, stories and objects to portray a more positive view of people with dementia, exploring their everyday lives, selves and art. This film is by Philip Booth for Stroud Community TV.

PostersThe exhibition will be housed in Lansdown Hall Gallery in the centre of Stroud: http://lansdownhall.org/ which is a fully accessible venue. It will be open Monday-Saturday 10.30-18.30 from 3rd December 2013 — 22nd December 2013 and 2nd January 2014 — 18th January 2014, with free entry for everyone.

Visitors with experience of dementia are able to contribute to this by loaning objects to the exhibition for a central collaborative display and/or photographs for a collaborative photo album. You can find out more about the project at: http://www.tinyurl.com/somethingofmyown
And on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Somethingofmyown/

More about Helen Gregory at: http://www.hgregory.co.uk

More from Benita Johnson at: www.benitajohnson.co.uk

Benita’s tracks were made at Oakley Recording, Nailsworth for the recording – with thanks to Adrian Keefe.

Photo of exhibition is copyright Gary Learmonth of Red Piranha Photography: http://www.redpiranhaphotography.co.uk/

See also on Stroud Community TV other films about dementia and this exhibition: http://stroudcommunity.tv/tag/dementia/

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One Response to “‘I Will Tell You Something…’ exhibition incl highlights of opening night”

  1. philip

    27. Jan, 2014

    Report from Helen Gregory 27.01.14:

    Dear ‘I Will Tell You Something of My Own’ supporters,

    The first run of our exhibition finished just over a week ago and I’m pleased to announce that it was an enormous success! In the six weeks the exhibition was showing at Lansdown Gallery, Stroud, we recorded almost 900 visits and received a great deal of positive feedback, as well as good coverage from local newspapers and radio stations. In addition, we received donations to the total of £324.15, which I will be putting towards future arts/research work in this area.

    Visitor Feedback
    Many visitors were clearly moved by the experience, completing feedback questionnaires with comments including:

    “It is great that people with dementia are being helped in different ways and having their self-expression validated and acknowledged through art.”
    “I enjoyed the exhibition and was moved and informed.”
    “[The exhibition helped me reach] an understanding that there is no barrier to achieving what a person wants to achieve even if they have got dementia.”

    Our guestbook is also stuffed full of many moving comments and I plan on analysing all of the feedback we received over the next few months.

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    Contributors, Curators and Other Supporters
    The exhibition was only possible due to the efforts of many people including our 23 curators (from the University of Gloucestershire, Age UK Gloucestershire, Barnwood Trust and elsewhere), our celebrity patron Jamie Anderson (courtesy of the Alzheimer’s Society) and of course the participants and their families. We were also lucky to have Philip Booth of Stroud TV record ten short films about our work, including one which gives a great overview of the launch night, exhibition and project as a whole. (You can watch this here: http://stroudcommunity.tv/i-will-tell-you/)

    Project Resources
    If you weren’t able to make it to the exhibition in Stroud, you’ll be pleased to hear that we will be showing most of the artworks in Gloucester again soon (see below for more details). You can also listen to the project’s songs and poetry-songs here: https://soundcloud.com/something-of-my-own Another way to link in to the project is through the exhibition brochure. You can download a copy of this on the project’s website or e-mail me at hgregory@glos.ac.uk and I will be happy to send you a copy for the price of a stamp (though greater donations will of course be well received!).

    Future Events
    The ‘I Will Tell You Something of My Own’ artworks will be displayed next at Strike a Light Festival at the Quaker Meeting House in Gloucester in mid-March. You can find out more about the festival here: http://www.strikealightfestival.org.uk/ You can also read about this project in a short article I have written for the March/April edition of the Journal of Dementia Care (http://www.careinfo.org/journal-of-dementia-care/).

    That’s all for now. Thanks for reading!

    Dr Helen Gregory
    Project Lead
    http://www.tinyurl.com/somethingofmyown
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/Somethingofmyown/

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