‘I Will Tell You Something of My Own’; art tackling stigma around dementia

Posted on 12. Nov, 2013 by in Arts, Community, Featured, Health, News

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PostersIn this film we meet Helen Gregory and Benita Johnson, two of the key contributors to the project, ‘I Will Tell You Something of My Own’. It 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.

The 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.

Do please help advertise this event – the poster left can be used by clicking to enlarge then printing, do also tweet, Facebook and send link to this film.

In addition to the core collection of artworks, the exhibition has an interactive element. A second film about how you can get involved in the project can be found here: http://stroudcommunity.tv/something-of-my-own/

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.  Photographs can also be contributed in advance by e-mailing hgregory@glos.ac.uk or writing to Dr Helen Gregory, University of Gloucestershire, Francis Close Hall Campus, Swindon Road, Cheltenham, G50 4AZ.  Please include a short caption with your photograph.

You can find out more about the project at: http://www.tinyurl.com/somethingofmyown
And on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Somethingofmyown/

See also on Stroud Community TV a film about learning disabilities and dementia: http://stroudcommunity.tv/highlights-from-understanding-dementia-workshop-for-people-with-a-learning-disability/

About Philip

Director and Co-Founder of Stroud Community TV

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