Gallery Social | for anyone affected by dementia

Join artists from our regular Gallery Social programme as they invite you into their homes to relax, enjoy a cuppa and explore some art together.

In the first video the artists will talk about an artwork they enjoy. In the second video, they will take you through a straightforward creative activity that you might like to try out.

These videos have been created for anyone affected by dementia and their families, supporters and carers, but are open to all to enjoy!

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Ian Hamilton Finlay

Toy Cow, 1960s, Painted wood

Inspired by Ian Hamilton Finlay’s Toy Cow, artist Tessa Asquith-Lamb invites us to take a closer look at her collection of toys that are sure to bring back some childhood memories.

In the second video Tessa makes paper animals remembering her favourite farm toy set.

If you would like to try this yourself, you will need:

  • Thin paper or card
  • Scissors
  • Glue/double-sided tape
  • Paint
  • Pen or pencil
  • Paper straws

Handy hint: To make a hole through your paper animal more easily try pushing a pencil into the paper and onto a piece of blue tack.

Robert Burns

The Hunt (previously known as Diana and Her Nymphs)

Artist Duncan Robertson explores Robert Burns’s vibrant painting, The Hunt, created as part of the ambitious first floor decoration for Crawford's Tearooms at 70 Princes Street, Edinburgh.

 

In the second video Duncan makes a collage using items from his recycling box.

If you would like to try this yourself, you will need:  

  • Paper for a background
  • Magazines/ packaging/ scrap paper/ sweeties wrapping paper/ foil  
  • Glue
  • Scissors

Viviane Sassen

In Bloom, 2011

Artist Tessa Asquith-Lamb explores Viviane Sassen’s euphoric image In Bloom.

 

In the second video artist Tessa Asquith-Lamb creates a colourful watercolour picture inspired by Viviane Sassen’s In Bloom.

If you would like to try this yourself, you will need:

  •     Watercolour paper (or white paper)
  •     Candle  
  •     Watercolour paints  
  •     Brush
  •     Water-pot
  •     Kitchen salt 

Ben Nicholson

1928 (Walton Wood cottage, no. 1)

Artist Tessa Asquith-Lamb explores Ben Nicholson’s landscape painting.

In her second video artist Tessa Asquith-Lamb creates a printed picture inspired by her choice of artwork.

If you would like to try this yourself, you will need:

  • White paper for background
  • Small pieces of coloured paper/scrap paper
  • Thin polystyrene foam (e.g. from bottom of a pizza box) or craft foam or card
  • Double-sided tape
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Marker pens or ink pad
  • Plastic lids (e.g. from coffee jar)
  • Rolling pin or a mug
  • Leaf
  • Biro pen

Eduardo Paolozzi

Wittgenstein in New York. From As is when

Artist Duncan Robertson explores Eduardo Paolozzi’s screenprint on paper.

In his second video artist Duncan Robertson creates a collage inspired by his choice of artwork.

If you would like to try this yourself, you will need:

  • Paper for a background
  • Magazines/ packaging/ scrap paper/greetings cards
  • Glue
  • Scissors

Jan van Huysum

Flower Still Life with Bird's Nest

Artist Tessa Asquith-Lamb explores Jan Van Huysum's still life.

In her second video artist Tessa Asquith-Lamb creates a floral collage inspired by her choice of artwork.

If you would like to try this yourself, you will need:

  • Black/dark paper for a background
  • Scrap paper/greetings cards/magazines
  • Glue
  • Scissors