Poet Karen Hayes: opening night of exhibition exploring dementia – film 2

Posted on 10. Dec, 2013 by in Arts, Featured, Health, News

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PostersIn this film we meet poet Karen Hayes who was a key part of this project, ‘I Will Tell You Something of My Own’. Karen also shares a couple of her poems written with people with dementia – more in film 5. This is the second of several films from the exhibition opening event that captures some of the wonderful voices, art, poems and stories that make up this project looking at dementia.

See more about this exhibition at: https://stroudcommunity.tv/i-will-tell/

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.

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.

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/

More about the dementia opera from The Guardian at: http://www.theguardian.com/music/2013/aug/03/dementia-opera-karen-hayes-john-ohara

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


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Director and Co-Founder of Stroud Community TV

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