Residents with dementia create artwork in Boston

Some of those who helped make the artwork, including those with dementia and their carers, together with sponsors and, third from left, artist Carol Parker.
Some of those who helped make the artwork, including those with dementia and their carers, together with sponsors and, third from left, artist Carol Parker.

A new piece of artwork has been unveiled in Boston town centre created by residents with dementia.

The mosaic, titled Memory Lane, is on display near the garden at B&M store on Lawrence Lane.

Although one of the inspirations for the mosaic was the archways at the railway station, many have commented on how the ‘windows’ design mirrors the stonework at the Stump, which can be glanced at in the same view just across the river.

The mosaic, unveiled during Dementia Awareness Week, is part of the Station to Stump art trail, leading from the town’s railway station to St Botolph’s Church.

It was funded with a £1,000 donation from Boston Big Local and donations from Boston Borough Council, Lincolnshire County Council and Witham Central and Carlton Road Neighbourhood Action Group.

Artists Carol Parker and Fiona Gurney worked with local people with dementia and their carers, from the group Memory Lane, to interpret their happy memories.

Each of the smaller panels has been produced by a member of the group to reflect their thoughts, emotions or memories along their life journey. Each tile represents another piece of the puzzle in trying to recall their memories.

The project aimed to show that life doesn’t end when dementia begins and emphasised the message that Boston Dementia Action Alliance has been spreading throughout Dementia Awareness Week.

An information stall was held in Boston Market Place to offer information about dementia and local support available. Much of this information can also be found at www.boston.gov.uk/dementia or by calling The Alzheimer’s Society on 01522 692681.

Yarnbombing in the town centre helped raise awareness with colourful knitted and crocheted adornments for post and hand rails near the JobCentre in Boston. They will be recycled into Dementia Twiddle Muffs.

Throughout the week Dementia Friends sessions have been delivered around Boston which has seen more than 50 new Dementia Friends created. Dementia Friends sessions are short information sessions to increase understanding of Dementia and inspire people to take action. If you would like to know more, or to find your nearest session, visit www.dementiafriends.org.uk. People on social media can also search #DAW2016 for more information.