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Discover the story behind Artyfacts at Skipton Town Hall's Craven Gallery

Craven Museum & Gallery is hosting a talk about its current exhibition 'Artyfacts' which features stunning works of art created by those living with dementia and their carers.

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The informal talk, open to all, will reveal the theory and processes behind the project from those who led this ground-breaking work.

The lead artist and Creative Arts & Dementia Manager from Pioneer Projects, an arts and health charity who worked with groups of adults who are living with dementia to develop the exhibition, will present the talk on Thursday December 15 at 4pm.

Tickets are free but places are limited, so people are asked to book their place by calling Skipton Town Hall's Tourist Information Centre on 01756 792809.

The Artyfacts exhibition is the culmination of ten sessions working with people living with dementia and their carers. These sessions used the museum's permanent collections, including the Roebuck Collection of fine art, sculpture and artefacts to stimulate imaginative creative responses from participants before new artistic techniques were taught to the group, and used to produce the pieces exhibited.

The work the group produced includes strong, bright surface prints, inspired by the still life paintings of Matthew Smith and John Bratby, which sit proudly alongside the fine art pieces in a rich, vibrant and colourful exhibition.

Also on display is a piece called The White Forest, made by residents of care homes facilitated by artist David Ashby, featuring groups of pottery sculptures, which gives further context to the work of Pioneer Projects.

Pioneer Projects has been delivering creative, artist-led sessions for people living with dementia in Craven for the past six years, with groups in Settle, Skipton and Bentham, and also works with four care homes in the area, training staff and delivering creative sessions.

The aim is to help participants who are often quiet and lacking in confidence, to build up their self-esteem through the sessions.

Pioneer Projects is the first organisation in the UK to use ground breaking research from Meet Me at MoMA in New York, who recently concluded a seven-year research project into arts engagement for people with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia.

The Artyfacts project was developed as a collaboration between Craven Museum and Gallery, and Pioneer Projects, as part of the Arts Council funded Museum Resilience Project.

Artyfacts will run until December 23 at Craven Museum & Gallery in Skipton Town Hall, and is open every day from 10am - 4pm, except Sundays. Admission is free.