Passport of the Imagination: art exhibition is a unique experience

Published on: 29 Dec 2015

STAPLE Hill library is the temporary home of a new exhibition which is the result of a collaboration between artists and people living with dementia.
Their work has been created as part of the Re:Mapping initiative, a series of creative projects taking place in South Gloucestershire libraries.
These are run by local performance artists and aimed at people with experience of dementia and people who want to improve their mental well-being
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 the library.
Communities chair Cllr Heather Goddard said: “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.
Come along to the exhibition at Staple Hill Library to see the excellent work they have created.”
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.
The exhibition will run at Staple Hill Library until February 19.
Visit the Re:Mapping blog to follow the project http://lizclarkeorg.blogspot.co.uk/
The next season of Re:Mapping will take place at Hanham Library on Wednesdays
6, 13, 20 and 27 January and 3 and 10 February 2016.
There are two different sessions each day, the first from 11am to 12.30pm for people looking to improve their mental well-being, and the second from 1.30pm to 3pm for people experiencing dementia.
Carers, support workers, friend or family members welcome to attend too, and both sessions give the opportunity to explore what it means to experience these conditions and how the arts can be used to improve or stimulate well-being.

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