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Dementia-friendly group take on fundraising challenge to create decorative glass artwork

Released: Friday 9th June 2017 at 11:20

The National Glass Centre in Sunderland invites the public to ‘make a small part of some very big art!’


On June 10, creative ageing charity Equal Arts and participants of its Creative Age group, who meet weekly at the National Glass Centre, will host a challenge culminating in a collaborative decorative artwork. The piece will be made up of personalised glass triangles decorated by the public on the day.

The drop-in activity will run from 10am until 4pm and a suggested donation of £2 will go directly to the project funding, all children taking part will also receive a free gift.

Alongside the activity, there will be an exhibition launch of handmade glass jewellery made by the weekly Creative Age session participants. The range of accessories will be on display and available for sale with all proceeds going directly towards the continuation of the project. The jewellery will stay on display and on sale until 17 July 2017 in the Centre’s Learning Gallery.

The day will also host a series of glassmaking demonstrations from artists Effie Burns and Sue Woolhouse. The demonstrations will showcase the different techniques that have been used throughout the project.

All proceeds from the Creative Age Challenge will go directly to support the Creative Age project, which is delivered in partnership with Equal Arts and is funded largely by Comic Relief and Arts Council England. The project offers creative opportunities for people living with dementia and their partners or carers.

Douglas Hunter, Equal Arts’ co-director, said: “We identified a need in the region for greater arts provision for people with dementia and those with health conditions such as hearing loss and Alzheimer’s.

 “The Creative Age Challenge at National Glass Centre will be a first for the group and we hope to capture the imagination of the public while raising funds for further dementia-friendly arts sessions.”

Joycelyn Grieves, 81, Creative Age participant at the National Glass Centre said; "Being creative has made me realise that when you get down, this is the sort of thing you should be doing and I had stopped because I wasn’t well.  Creative Age has helped me turn back to the things I used to enjoy. I had just stopped but now I have that enthusiasm back."

A parallel Creative Age Challenge will also be held on June 10 at the BALTIC, Gateshead. The centre’s Creative Age group are inviting the public to join them to create a largescale drip painting.

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