Services for Ageing and
Mental Health Centre

work in progress photographs of a print making workshop

October 20th saw a private view at the Services for Ageing and Mental Health Centre, exhibiting the monoprints of participants involved in our August screen printing workshops held at Camden Memory Service, organised by Arts for Dementia.

An expressive monoprint of a tunnel
Eric’s monoprint inspired by Islington Tunnel

The centre and “gallery” for the event was recently refurbished by Barry Morgan Limited and can be found just off Brewery Road in Camden. It’s refurbishment is part of a national initiative and one by North London Mental Health partnership to improve mental health provisions locally. Though the space was an amazing transformation from what it once was, the prints which are on permanent display, have transformed what could have been a very clinical environment into something with personality and reflective of people with lived experience of what the centre serves for. As mentioned in our previous journal post, these prints were created by local people in response to their favourite landmarks in Camden and Islington.

Prints being hung on the wall by two men
The prints being installed by Barry Morgan Limited

For the private view, Dr Ian Sherrifs who oversaw the project, invited the participants to view their prints in situ and enjoy the moment with refreshments alongside their family and friends. They were joined by members of Barry Morgan Limited, Engage Here's team and Roberta Mazur from Arts for Dementia, as well as Doctors from the NHS who were either directly involved in the project or even socially prescribed some of the participants involved.

Blue print of a clocktower
Monoprints by one of the participant’s carers, inspired by Caledonian Park Clocktower
blue print of a clocktower
Another inspired by the clocktower, by NHS psychologist, Arijeta who attended one of the workshops

This was our first involvement with Arts for Dementia and an interesting insight for us to see how an exhibition of the work created in the workshops can provide a different kind of meaningful moment for people living with dementia. While also have a lasting positive impact on other people living with dementia or cognitive impairment, who will enjoy the work while using the Services for Ageing and Mental Health Centre.

the words Camden Passage printed in expressive typography
David’s monoprint inspired by Camden Passage

With this project’s conclusion in mind, we hope to hold a similar exhibition style of exhibition, showing the work of the participants attending our workshops at Kentish Town Health Centre, connected to James Wigg GP practice.

work in progress photographs of a print making workshop