Artists with dementia exhibit work

Over 100 Amana Living residents and clients living with dementia produced a range of artworks for the 2015 Project Picasso Exhibition from 8 to 10 December.

Project Picasso is our annual enrichment program for people living with dementia in Amana Living care centres or attending our day respite clubs.

Art is known to be an effective way to engage with people who live with this challenging disease, and this year Amana Living has noted a very special connection between clients at one respite club and young children. Three- and four-year-olds from West Kinross Kids Care Preschool have been visiting Club Kinross for a range of activities, including a piece of intergenerational art for Project Picasso.

Club Coordinator Yvonne Pedersen said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for the generations to come together. Many of the children don’t have older relatives in Australia, and our clients have so much fun with them. It’s a joy to see them all light up!”

The Kinross artwork were among more than 200 pieces on display at this year’s exhibition. The artworks were produced over a seven-week period by residents and clients across Amana Living centres in Perth and Kalgoorlie, with the help of staff and volunteers.

Volunteer and Enrichment Manager, Emily Scarff, said: “Project Picasso is an opportunity for people living with dementia to express themselves when words elude them. We provide as much freedom as possible to create a variety of artworks, by supplying art equipment and lots of encouragement from staff and volunteers.”

The exhibition was an opportunity to see the results. Visitors were also invited to purchase pieces by anonymous donation. Funds raised will be invested in art supplies for Project Picasso 2016.

View the exhibition photo album here: Project Picasso Exhibition of works by people living with dementia