Creative responses to dementia event – review by Jodie Ashdown

Writer Jodie Ashdown went along to the first combined event for ‘Creative Responses to Dementia’ and ‘Making Minds’, which took place at Roath’s MADe Gallery on Saturday 6 September 2014. Read on for her flavour of the event.





The day started off with a series of workshops, including creative movement, reflexology and Laughter Yoga hosted by Creative Responses to Dementia, with the aim of encouraging people to engage with dementia and its effects in an open and social way. Organised by Esyllt George, Creative Industries Career Adviser at Cardiff Met University, with volunteer assistance from students and graduates from Cardiff Met, the proceeds of the exhibition will go to Crossroads in the Vale Charity, who support people living in the community who have dementia.

The event also includes an on-going art auction featuring paintings, photographs, ceramics and prints donated by local artists, with 50 percent of the winning bid going to the charity. The auction closes on Thursday at 5pm, so feel free to get down there and bid for original and affordable art.




Next came the spoken word event in conjunction with Making Minds, an organisation who aim to supply creative and artistic workshops to those living with mental health difficulties. The organisation promote the role of art and creativity, partly through the provision of workshop-based projects and social events. The speakers covered a variety of mental health experiences ranging through bipolar disorder and dementia, be it their own or another persons, through poetry, prose and music. Members of the Roath Writers groups contributed to the open mic night as well as providing the night’s excellent compère, Christina Thatcher.


Both organisations have new and exciting prospects on the horizon helping those in the community, who can often feel ostracised and alone, express themselves in a safe and open environment through creativity and words. The next Making Minds event is in the North Star Pub on Wednesday 24th September and is just the beginning of many exciting events to come.

If you’d like to get involved with any of these projects, please contact the organisations at the details below:

Creative Responses to Dementia:
Making Minds:
Cardiff M.A.D.E., 41 Lochaber Street, Roath CF24 3LS



Thanks Jodie! Catch you soon…


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