Dementia art sculpture goes on display at Belper festival

A sculpture made by people affected by dementia from across Derbyshire has gone on display at Belper Arts Festival.
A sculpture made by people affected by dementia from across Derbyshire has gone on display at Belper Arts Festival.

A sculpture made by people affected by dementia from across Derbyshire went on display at Belper Arts Festival across Dementia Awareness Week (May 18-24).

The installation includes 1,103 handmade Forget-Me-Nots – one flower for every ten people who have dementia in Derbyshire.

Some of the flowers include ‘memory leaves’ where people with dementia and carers have added a personal memory.

The flowers were made using old dementia support leaflets by attendees of Alzheimer’s Society’s countywide Derbyshire support groups in Ashbourne, Buxton, Chesterfield, Breeston, Stavely, Ripley, Swadlincote, Egginton and Matlock.

Flowers were also made by Alzheimer’s Society staff and volunteers, as well as by The Bless Project in Belper.

The installation is in place for Dementia Awareness Week (May 18–24) at No. 28 Belper.

Clem Morley, Dementia Support Worker for Alzheimer’s Society said: “I’m so pleased with how the installation has come together, and the way that it has enabled so many people to take part in something creative and powerful.

“Our local group attendees really enjoyed capturing their favourite memories for the project with people writing, drawing and using old photographs to share a memory on their leaf.

“There are so many personal stories and memories in the sculpture that is far more than just a collection of flowers.

“That is such an exciting outcome, because it shares the uniqueness of each individual and their individual journey through dementia.”

There are thought to be 11,027 people with dementia in Derbyshire county.