Tate event honours dementia sufferers

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Tate Liverpool, host to the new Forgotten Futures exhibition. Pic © JMU Journalism

Tate Liverpool is hosting a new exhibition celebrating the lives and stories of elderly people living with dementia.

Forgotten Futures is an arts intervention project conducted in nursing homes in Liverpool where people with dementia tell stories about their relationship with the city.

These tales of the past, present and future are then brought to life in the exhibition through images, storytelling, live performances and discussion.

Forgotten Futures features a time capsule predicting what Merseyside will be like in 50 years, plus a tree featuring cherished recollections, and a box filled with painful memories which will be burned at the end of the exhibition.

This is a collaborative effort between Liverpool Hope University and Tate Liverpool.

LHU Drama students will be performing on the hour across the event, as well as contributions from LHU Dance students.

On Saturday March 9th, Dawn Parry-Cuncliffe will be hosting a workshop allowing visitors to create a unique piece of nostalgic artwork, while artist Sharon Wagstaff is a hosting a free arts workshop on the Sunday.

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Sonya Kennedy, chief curator at Tate Liverpool, told JMU Journalism: “It’s about highlighting a group of people in society who are often ostracised. With the Forgotten Futures project we feel like we are celebrating their vision. We are bringing back the city for them and saying ‘It doesn’t have to be like this.’

“This whole thing started when we built up a relationship with care homes around the North West, and started to visit these homes and deliver grammar workshops.

“Then we started to ask them to write down their stories; from the 40s, the 50s and the 60s, including places such as the Cavern Club in its prime. Then we asked them what they thought Liverpool would be like in the future.”

Shirley Lewis, 67, from Wirral, was at one of the first workshops and said: “It was an extremely thoughtful and brilliant idea.

“Some of the features of the exhibition are really nice, such as the memory tree, and it is a poignant reminder of a group in society that is often ignored.

“We have led fascinating lives and now the people of Liverpool can all see it first-hand.

Forgotten Futures runs from March 4-10 and admission is free.

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