Dementia project moves on from Yate to Staple Hill

December 20 2015

An exhibition of recent work created as part of the Re:Mapping project has started at Staple Hill Library.

An exhibition of recent work created as part of the Re:Mapping project has started at Staple Hill Library.
 Re:Mapping is a series of creative projects taking place in South Gloucestershire libraries which are run by local performance artists and aimed at people with experience of dementia and also people who want to improve their mental wellbeing.  The first one was in Yate.
 The exhibition in Staple Hill is open between 15 December and 19 February, from 2pm to 4pm, and will be displaying a collection of this season’s work. Performance artists from Liz Clarke & Company have been working with small groups of people at Staple Hill Library since September.
Those taking part and the artists collaborated over six weeks using text, performance, recorded sound and film. Together they’ve taken voyages through their imaginations and have created passports as scrapbooks of their journeys, which will be on display at Staple Hill Library.
 Communities Chair Cllr Heather Goddard said about the project: “We are delighted to have the support of Arts Council England to enable us to provide these sessions. Libraries provide a safe haven for many of our residents and it’s wonderful to watch the participants thrive through exploring their lives and their creativity.”
 Artist Liz Clarke said: “During our sessions the group took many journeys – including into memory and forwards into the future, across barriers and with friends. The ‘Passport of the Imagination’ is the result of the work we have created together. Each page has been designed and created by the group as a whole. The Passport of the Imagination is our way of sharing this unique group experience so that others can make their own journey using the Re:Mapping experience as a guide.”
 The Re:Mapping project will span three years and will visit different library locations. So far the project has taken place in Yate and Staple Hill, and will be visiting Hanham in early 2016.