Community RePaint offers support to Bristol Dementia Art Project

During summer 2009, Resource Futures’ Katie Winterborne has been working as part of the ‘Lighting Up’ project in Bristol which aims to bring the benefits of art into the lives of those with dementia (and also to the lives of their carers). 

Katie worked as part of a team of artists brought together by the Lighting Up project with clients at The Limes Centre (for people with dementia including Alzheimer’s) to design and paint a series of murals to brighten up a plain white wall and bring colour into a colourless area. It was important that clients came up with the design ideas and painted themselves to maximise their enjoyment and interaction.

Community RePaint (run by Resource Futures) provided much of the paint for the project and Joanne O’Neill (Manager of The Limes Centre) said: ‘the clients who took part had, and have, a great sense of achievement from taking part in the mural project…..every day I will look at the mural think of you all – and especially the clients who took part.’