Promoting creativity, self worth and achievement for people with dementia.

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Paula Pinda

Services offered at Heart for Art

  • Getting creative with dementia

We know from research and our own experience that creativity stimulates conversation, aids concentration and even improves memory retention.

With pencil or paintbrush in hand, we see people with dementia expressing themselves freely and finding new ways to communicate.

In the company of art tutors and others with dementia, our artists find friendship, purpose and acceptance. As their confidence grows, so do their smiles.

Support for families and carers
Heart for Art provides an opportunity to take part in an activity alongside someone with dementia. It also gives you a chance to take a break or to talk to and support others in a similar situation. Advice is always at hand from a CrossReach Dementia Ambassador as there’s one on hand at every Heart for Art session.

Breaking down barriers
We exhibit our artwork as much as possible, proving the value and beauty of what people with dementia can do. You can find out more about how you can get involved with Heart for Art, including info about up-and-coming exhibitions here:

Celebrating our artists
Celebrating our artists is something we love at Heart for Art we encourage anybody with dementia to come along and join our groups or in the meantime try one of our virtual sessions or art packs. It doesn’t matter if you’ve painted all your life or you’re completely new to it. Join us and experience the creativity, companionship and self-confidence that Heart for Art provides.

"Everyone has been so kind and welcoming from the very first time we came along to the class. Mum has made some lovely new friends, and we really can’t thank the art tutor and all the volunteers enough! She really enjoys the music playing in the background and often breaks into song whilst painting. I like being able to drop Mum off and know that she is well looked after. As carers, it definitely takes the pressure off, and I know that Mum is being stimulated with the art, music and conversation."

Joanne, Heart for Art participant's daughter

"I enjoy coming here, everyone is warm, friendly and inviting. You get a nice cup of tea and a chocolate biscuit. The best part is I can paint and continue to do an activity that has always been close to my heart. I am free to paint whatever pops up in my mind's eye."

Heart for Art participant

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