AssemblAges - An innovative art of memory project


A number of people with dementia have played a leading role in ‘AssemblAges’, an innovative art of memory project.  


The group featured are all tenants in Mullan Mews or Sydenham Court, two local supported housing schemes for people with dementia. The schemes, run by Belfast Trust in partnership with Clanmill Housing, enable people with dementia to maintain a high level of independence and social inclusion. The art of memory project is just one of the many projects which help sustain community involvement and develop the artistic skills. 

Participants were invited to showcase their artistic talents, by rummaging through their drawers and wardrobes to find objects that hold special and forgotten memories for them. Working with a storyteller, a visual artist and a textile artist they shared, explored and re-presented their memories as an exhibition. 

The innovative artwork attracted the attention of the Lord Mayor and he is pictured with residents at an afternoon tea held on Friday 10 May. The exhibition is currently on show to the public in Belfast City Hall until 31 May

The AssemblAges project is a partnership project between Forthspring Intercommunity Group and The National Museums of Northern Ireland. It is funded by The Arts Council of Northern Ireland through their Arts and Older People Programme. 

The exhibition has already been displayed in Cultra Manor House as part of The Ulster Folk and Transport Museum and the Waterfront Hall.