From the negative to the positive

Beesley, Ian, McMillan, Ian and Husband, Tony (2018) From the negative to the positive. [Show/Exhibition]

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As part of the Improving Dementia Experience And Living research project led by the University of Exeter. Gallery Oldham has been working with “The ragamuffins” a group of local people with dementia. From workshops led by the artists
Ian Beesley - photographer Tony Husband - cartoonist Ian McMillan - poet they have created this exhibition of
photography, cartoons, and poems that express their thoughts, hopes and experiences.

This is not a reminiscence project. Re-membering practices, within narrative therapy, are not about reminiscing but about relationships and witnessing the effects of those relationships and connections. It is a special form of re-collecting.
Here, each month, Ian, Tony and Ian have collected an amazing aural and visual smorgasbord. They have provided a safe fun context for people labelled with a dementia and their carers to come together. They have gathered to re-collect their memories, to laugh and to create and in doing so relationships and connections have been built. Profound issues and themes have been addressed with a lightness of touch.
In creating and witnessing each other all are members and re-membered into the fabric of the community. When we hear and see this work we too cannot help but be changed. It has been a journey from negative stereotypes to the positive relationships. I am honoured, along with DEEP (Dementia Engagement Empowerment Project) to have helped this to happen and get brief glimpses of its evolution.
Community psychology at its best
Polly Kaiser – Consultant Clinical psychologist
Pennine Care Oldham

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