The Enriched Opportunities Group at The ExtraCare Charitable Trust’s Lovat Fields Retirement Village in Milton Keynes have held an art exhibition to celebrate their former achievements.
All of the residents in the group live with dementia and the My Hidden Talent exhibition was organised by EOP Locksmith® Colin White-McCarthy.
He explained that the paintings and other works of art on display were created by residents who currently live with dementia, but were produced before the diagnosis.
“We wanted to do that so we can show who the residents were before they started to experience dementia,” he said. “We decided to hold the exhibition because the appreciation for art is so innate that everyone has it, even those with dementia.”
Phyllis Ebbs was one of the people to have her work displayed. She had painted two pictures of lakes in nearby Bletchley.
“I’m glad Colin brought me down for this,” she said. “Because otherwise I’d have missed it and that would’ve been a pity. Everyone else’s paintings here are lovely.”
She added that she thinks everyone should give painting a go. “If you want to paint, you just have to get down to it and start, otherwise nothing will ever happen.”
Inga Sherlock also had some work displayed: a tapestry working of the Owl and the Pussycat and two paintings of Spain. “All these paintings are really good,” she said. “And it’s so nice for this to be organised.”
Inga has only lived at Lovat Fields Village for around six months, but says she is very happy there. “I love it here,” she said. “I wouldn’t go back out there now, it’s too lovely here.”
Around 40 or 50 staff, residents and Village Friends came along to see the exhibition, including Friends Maureen and John Mason, who were both impressed with the quality of work on display. “They’re all so good,” said Maureen. “I couldn’t do anything like it, I just don’t have the patience.”