An exhibition featuring artwork from people with dementia goes on display in Wokingham

Published: 15 Apr 2014 12:300 comments

DIGNITARIES and care home residents attended an art exhibition unveiling work by people suffering from dementia.

Artists and guests at the private viewing at Shute End.

Artists and guests at the private viewing at Shute End.

The exhibition, named ‘Clients Create’, features artwork from a number of residents from the Westmead centre in Rances Lane, Wokingham, and Suffolk Lodge care home, Rectory Road.

All those who participated have either physical disabilities, neurological disorders or dementia.

Artist Patrick Harte led creative sessions with residents, using a different theme each week, and a selection was chosen to be showcased. A private viewing was held last Tuesday ahead of the public opening, in which artists, their families, borough mayor Cllr UllaKarin Clark and borough council chief executive Andy Couldrick.

Fi Shailes, comm-unications and marketing manager of care provider Optalis, who organised the event, said: “It was very well attended and we’ve had some great feedback.

“It’s a good opportunity for people to show off skills that the public otherwise might not see, and they can appreciate that people with a disability can still be creative, they haven’t lost everything.”

The exhibition is on display throughout April at Wokingham Borough Council’s offices in Shute End.

Mr Harte said: “It was a privilege and delight to work with a group of individuals that showed a very keen interest and enthusiasm for the project.”

A free-standing piece from residents at the Westmead centre was also on display.

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