Community Arts (Denbighshire Leisure Ltd.)
Denbighshire Leisure Ltd. (DLL) is a Local Authority Trading Company that manages and delivers leisure, sports and arts & cultural activities for the benefit of residents and visitors to the county.
The Community Arts service within DLL aims to provide opportunities for everyone to participate in the arts regardless of experience, age or background and is designed to support the priorities as set out in the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015. The artistic team deliver multi-disciplinary community arts projects across the county, collaborating with a range of partners from the public, third and voluntary sectors. The service has a track record of delivering award winning work of the highest quality - artist and participant led.
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The importance of the arts for the benefit of health and wellbeing is fast becoming widely accepted as reported in Creative Health: The Arts for Health and Wellbeing.
We in Denbighshire Leisure Community Arts run a programme of Arts in Health activity in partnership with local authority services such as Social Services, Housing and Youth Services, public organisations such as Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, and third sector organisations and charities such as Mind, St.Kentigern’s Hospice, Stroke Association and Canolfan Ni in Corwen.
Did you know?
- Attending an arts event at least once a month during life’s later years reduces the risk of depression by 50%
- Visiting a gallery or museum every few months reduces your risk of developing dementia by up to 44% – and the benefit lasts for up to 10 years after you stop.
Lost in Art
Denbighshire Leisure Community Arts was the only delivery partner in Wales of the important research project Dementia and Imagination (external website).
Following on from this research project the team have continued to develop our work with people living with dementia with Lost in Art which won The Hearts for the Arts Award for Best Local Authority Arts Project Encouraging Community Cohesion in 2018.
Lost in Art is a project aimed at people living with dementia, along with their family members and carers. The aim of the project is to explore the role of the visual arts in addressing issues which can affect people with dementia, including social isolation, confidence, communication and quality of life and wellbeing. The project was developed with the support of the Dementia Services Development Centre at Bangor University.
The award-winning Lost in Art project takes place at Ruthin Craft Centre every Tuesday afternoon, 1pm to 3pm. Led by professional artist Sian Hughes, the weekly workshops include a cup of tea and a chat, a visit to the current exhibitions in the galleries and creative work inspired by the items on display in the galleries.
Lost in Art takes place during term time and there are three 11-week projects each year.
Craft boxes and movement CDs / DVDs are still available for home delivery for those who cannot get to Ruthin.
For more information, or to arrange a taster visit, please contact Jo McGregor at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07799 582766.