Art helping those with memory loss


THE Towner art gallery and health professionals are drawing on inspiration from the Big Apple to help those with memory problems.

Art therapists and mental health staff from Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust worked with the gallery to create the Open Ended Art Tour, similar to a programme pioneered in New York.

The first tour - designed for those who suffer from dementia or memory problems - took place earlier this month and will be a permanent feature of the gallery’s services until September.

Joanna Stevens, arts therapies adviser at Sussex Partnership, said, “Too often people with memory loss, their carers and families, feel excluded from sharing everyday pleasures.

“This project gives them dedicated time to look at art works from Towner’s unique collection, to make their own connections and enjoy hearing what other people have to say about the art.”

The next tour is on April 5, from 10am to noon, and will be repeated on the first Tuesday of each month at the same time.

Contact the Towner to book a place on 434670.