The LOST IN ART workshops aim to address issues including social isolation, confidence, communication and quality of life and well-being. It is hoped that the benefits will be two-fold, with the carers as well as people living with dementia getting enjoyment from the project. 

The project is led by Denbighshire County Council's Community Arts Service in partnership with Ruthin Craft Centre. The project is funded by the Arts Council of Wales and Denbighshire County Council.


This block, we were unable to use the workroom for a couple of sessions which enabled us to be creative with working with the school children - we usually only have one joint session, but this time we were able to liaise with Ysgol Bro Cinmeirch to work with Year 4 for 3 sessions - both in the Craft Centre and in the school

The result was a pop-up exhibition in the school inspired by Kevin Coates' . The theme: the Owl and the Pussycat - was suggested by one of our group.

The Exhibition has now moved to Rhyl Library and Gallery.



Work for  this project was inspired by the exhibition Carving Out Space. The installation also includes work that was made in collaboration with pupils from Ysgol Frongoch Primary School who came to work alongside the Lost in Art participants and learn skills from them.  

I've enjoyed the chance to lead a third project and am always inspired by the creativity the participants bring to the sessions - a great group spirit of exploration has developed.

work in progress: currently taking their inspiration from works by Guy create their own pieces by carving in foam and using clay and driftwood.


We have also been responding to the work of David Nash, Gary Breeze and Warwick Freeman  using wood, charcoal, found objects and clay to explore sculpture, bird forms, text, mark making and mobile hangings. 




Final Exhibition Ruthin Craft Centre 




Lost in Art Too  is an art project for people over 50 with dementia and their family carers. We have been working with the recent Michael Brennand-Wood  exhibition at the Ruthin Crafts Centre  to create work inspired by the materials and processes in the exhibition. These are images of work produced by the group, curated and exhibited in Studio 5 by the Ruthin Crafts Centre.




My first project with Lost in Art was a 10 week Cyanotype  project for people aged 50+ with dementia, along with their family carers. It was supported by the Alzheimer's Society and the Dementia Services Development Centre, Bangor University. The project was funded by Denbighshire County Council and Ruthin Craft Centre.

Using Ruthin Crafts Centre gallery as a starting point for inspiration, participants were encouraged to explore the Cyanotype process, creating pieces that were personal to them by bringing in items and materials from home.

Participants put work in progress up as the project developed. 
 They produced Cyanotypes on paper, fabric and ceramics. 

 This innovative and highly successful project ended with an exhibition of all participants' work at Ruthin Craft Centre.