As part of Dementia Action Week, we're hosting a programme of related events and workshops to accompany our current exhibitions: Suki Chan's solo show CONSCIOUS and group exhibition Where the Arts Belong: Making Sense (Of It All).
We're also excited to release a new digital commission by Suki Chan.
Suki Chan: FOG
FOG is a 360º video work that delves into the world of award-winning writer Wendy Mitchell, who wrote her first book after being diagnosed with early-onset dementia at the age of 58.
Mitchell, who also features in Chan’s film ‘Fog in My Head’, currently on show at the Bluecoat, describes dementia as a ‘fog descending on the brain’. In this new work, available on Youtube, Wendy's home emerges from a cloud of fog as she explains how she uses visual signifiers around the home to trigger her memory and help live her life as independently as possible.
Join us for an online in conversation event and get a fascinating insight into our Where the Arts Belong project, which involves a group of leading artists working creatively with people on a dementia journey. Artists Francisco Carrasco, Gav Cross, Alan Dunn, Roger Hill, Brigitte Jurack, Mary Prestidge, and Jonathan Raisin will share their processes and experiences working on this groundbreaking artistic project.
The project's facilitator Tabitha Moses and Bluecoat Head of Programme, Marie-Anne McQuay will jointly facilitate the conversation.
Free, booking required
Later in the week, join us for coffee and cake with Wendy Mitchell and Suki Chan. They will discuss CONSCIOUS and Mitchell's new book What I Wish People Knew About Dementia (2022) as well as her best selling memoir Somebody That I Used to Know (2018).
The Brain Charity - Music Makes Us! Workshops
Sun 22 May - Sun 12 Jun, 12.30pm.
In the upstairs gallery at the Bluecoat, The Brain Charity will be running a series of workshops with people affected by dementia. Music Makes Us! is an initiative which brings music-based therapy to people living with dementia, their family, friends and carers. They will be running weekly singing and speech & language therapy sessions at the Bluecoat from Sunday 22nd May at 12.30pm.