New exhibition opens

Display of art by the Amble Dementia Group.
Display of art by the Amble Dementia Group.

A display of work by Amble Community Dementia Service Art Group opened last week at The Roundhouse, Ashington – headquarters of Northumberland Age UK.

The show is the idea of the team and volunteer helper, local artist and anthropologist Dr Val Payton who, following a request from Vicky Tailford of the Age UK Amble CDS, has been working with the staff and service users over the last few months.

The exhibition runs until Thursday, August 29.

Dr Payton said: “There’s no doubt that making art has a therapeutic and cathartic dimension to it. Working with the group has been a lot of fun and provided a real learning environment for us all. The staff have been brilliant, really supportive.

“It has been particularly rewarding to find service users responding positively to the challenge of making work.

“By mounting the exhibition we are asking lots of interesting questions about why and how we, as a society, choose to create and show art. It’s actually pretty good stuff to think with.

“In the group a lot of the activities are collaborative – working in pairs, this has worked really well. For some of the service users, their work has given them an additional means of communication. Increasingly there is a growing feeling that older people can and should be able to benefit from opportunities to be artistically creative.”