From Dearne Valley to Detroit

SYDCAE participant'The Senses' is the theme for the 8th South Yorkshire Dementia Creative Arts Exhibition taking place in Barnsley between 7-13th May. The annual public exhibition is an event geared towards celebrating the creative talents of everyone affected by dementia, but particularly those living with dementia. The general public and artists themselves will be warmly welcomed and have access to original short films, poetry and paintings, choir recital and photography - and a host of other media, all produced by or with people affected by dementia.

This year in Barnsley there will be four micro-exhibitions hosted by community partners - and the significance of community partnership is at the heart of the event. For example, the image chosen for the exhibition poster was chosen as a result of a competition held among Level 2 and 3 HND Art and Design students at Barnsley College in late 2015. All poster entries will be available to view. There is creative artwork contributed this year from people affected by dementia in Detroit, USA, who are hosting their own 'The Senses' exhibition in June. Work from people in South Yorkshire will also be shown in Detroit.

The four micro-exhibitions will be open 10am-4pm on Saturday 7th of May and then 9am-4pm on Monday 9th to Thursday 12th May then 9am-12pm on Friday 13th May. Everyone is welcome.

The venues:

  • The Atrium at Old Mill Lane, Barnsley College, S70 2YW
  • Beckett's Restaurant, Barnsley Hospital S75 2EP
  • St John's Church, Pensitone S36 6DY
  • St Mary's Church, Barnsley S70 2AH

Painted hand artwork

Please come and celebrate the talents of people affected by dementia as they explore The Senses.  Everyone is welcome and no booking required.

You can also see contributions to the exhibition on or follow us on Twitter @SYDCAE or Facebook 'SouthYorkshireDementiaCreativeArtsExhibition' and find out how you can become involved in deciding the scope and theme of the exhibition in 2017. Information about local sources of support by people affected by dementia will be available as well as a prize available a lucky person who visits all 4 venues!

With thanks to our excellent partners for the event: University of Sheffield, Barnsley College, Penistone and Thurlstone Team Ministry, Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and St Mary's Church - the Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales.

The event is supported by South Yorkshire Community Foundation on behalf of the Barnsley Community Endowment Fund. Many thanks to its Trustees.

SYDCAE 2016 sponsor logos

Image accreditations: 'Lavender', by Mapplewell Manor residents and 'The Senses', by Marie Nightingale, Sister, Royal Hallamshire Hospital