New Bexhill project gets funding boost

Museum Workshop SUS-151126-091503001
Museum Workshop SUS-151126-091503001

Bexhill Museum is hosting a series of workshops for people living with dementia and their carers.

The workshops have been made possible thanks to funding from the Arts Council of England and local accountancy business Ashdown Hurrey

The Exploring Stuff project has been awarded £15,000 and will also involve students from Bexhill College.

It will be led by artists Colin Hemingway and Louise Kenward and will contribute to a new exhibition at Bexhill Museum, opening in February next year.

Louise Kenward says: “Exploring Stuff will be a great opportunity to learn more about the collections of Bexhill Museum and to develop a new and exciting community project.”

The first Family Activity Day will be on Saturday 5th December 5 and will run from 11am - 4pm.

This will be the last weekend of the year for Bexhill Museum so they are throwing open the doors for a Free Open Day on Saturday 5 from 11am-5pm.

Further workshops will run in the new year, with a second exhibition at De La Warr Pavilion for participants to work towards.

There will also be another Family Activity Day taking place in March and a talk by Professor Paul Camic on the role of ‘things’ in our lives, at Bexhill College.

Louise said: “ Look out for future announcements. For those engaged with the project there will be opportunity to explore the Museum’s stores, handle objects from the collection and experiment with art techniques and materials.

“ Exploring Stuff is supporting Bexhill Museum and the town to become Dementia Friendly, with several Dementia Friends Awareness sessions running at the Museum for staff, volunteers and participants.

“We would like to thank dementia trainer Sally Hemmings for her expertise and training on the project, Curator Julian Porter for his expertise and support of Exploring Stuff and Emma Harding at Bexhill College.”

Louise Kenward is a visual artist. She completed her MA in Fine Art in 2011 with a paper that explored how people relate to space and objects. She has also written of the travels of Annie Brassey.

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