Pictured above: Giulia Artuso
People living with dementia and/or memory loss have been working with Matinée Outreach artists via phone calls and creative activities sent in the post, resulting in the creation of visual art, creative writing and crafts.
When Matinée’s dementia friendly film screenings were stopped at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, Arts Derbyshire launched the Outreach project as a way of continuing to connect with people living with dementia and to tackle social isolation.
One participant, Giulia Artuso, used to love performing on stage and when asked if she would like to perform again, her answer was yes but she didn’t think it would be possible. However, Giulia and her daughter worked with artist Nicky Bellenger via Zoom to record a series of poems, written by Giulia, and her performances are now available to watch on Arts Derbyshire’s YouTube channel.
The response to Matinée Outreach from participants and their families has been positive and uplifting, highlighting the need for a project like this.
“I cannot thank you enough for what you are doing with my mum. It’s been very emotional seeing her pictures too. What you are doing is truly amazing!”
“Being part of this project, it’s been a blessing”
“There have been times where this has kept me going”
The project will continue running until March 2022 and there are currently spaces available for new participants. Artists work with participants for approximately 8 weeks and all activities are personalised to each individual. Access to Zoom isn’t required: participation can just be via phone calls and post.
If you are interested in taking part, or know someone who could be, please get in touch for more information:
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