AN exhibition of artwork created by people with dementia and their carers is being held at Himley Hall on Monday May 13.

The exhibition aims to shows how art can be therapeutic for people living with dementia and their families.

Participants attend the Crystal Gateway at Amblecote once a week where materials are provided for them to take part at any level. The aim of the group is to empower and encourage people living with dementia and their carers to create, enjoy, interact and communicate.

For users it’s a chance to express themselves through art and enjoy the process. For carers it’s a way to relax, share experiences with other carers and get some time to themselves.

The Crystal Gateway dementia centre in Brettell Lane provides paid for activity sessions for people with dementia which can be accessed through a social care assessment. They can include daytime respite sessions, plus activity sessions at the centre. Some sessions are also offered at home but there is a long waiting list for this service due to demand.

The art group is one of the weekly open sessions provided by the Crystal Gateway where people who haven't been assessed for formal services can join and share their love of art.

Matt Bowsher, director of adult social care at Dudley Council, said: “Members of the group, supported by the team at The Crystal Gateway have worked together to build a welcoming and happy space for Dementia Art, which has proved to be a valued and creative experience for everyone involved.”

The exhibition is part of the council's support of National Dementia Awareness Week, running from May 13 to 19, which also includes a host of activities at locations including the Crystal Gateway, Himley Hall, Parkfield Grange Care Home and Churchill Precinct, Dudley.

The exhibition is open from 1.30pm to 4pm on Monday afternoon. Entrance is via the South Wing Coffee Lounge