Could you create 100 knitted sheep, sketch 500 postcards or model 1,000 clay figures?

Be a part of Creative Age Challenge 2018 and join people across the UK and Europe taking on this mass challenge to provide more creative opportunities for people living with dementia.

Offering an alternative to physical fundraising challenges, Creative Age Challenges are inspired by those who take part in our daily Creative Age sessions.

The pioneering project aims to boost dementia-friendly creative opportunities with cultural venues at the hub of the community.

Led by the interests and imaginations of people living with dementia, the challenges celebrate creativity while raising sponsorship to fund further dementia-friendly activities.
The challenges are an innovative way for cultural organisations to connect with new audiences and improve their dementia-friendly offer.

Creative Age Challenge 2018 will take place from June 2 to June 10 and is open to galleries, museums, theatres, schools and libraries.

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"It’s opened my head to so much that I never, ever thought I would be interested in.... I just dream it, I sleep it, I eat it. It’s just changed me very positively." A Creative Age Challenge participant

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Tartan Army by An Talla Solais, Ullapool Visual Arts, Scotland

Ullapool, a small town of less than 1,500 people up in the North West Highlands of Scotland with limited dementia-friendly provision, set up a group called ‘The Dolphin Project’ within An Talla Solais, a visual arts gallery in the town. 

The group supports over 15 people with a dementia diagnosis through weekly creative activities, dementia-friendly artist and exhibition talks and access to the gallery’s ceramics studio.

Following a local secondary school trip to China to see the Terracotta Army, school children together with the Dolphin Project, community groups and a ceramist took up the challenge of creating 200 terracotta warriors. 

These soldiers came in all different shapes and sizes and influenced by local people, celebrities and historical figures.  The artwork presented in the gallery was open for sale through a month-long show.  Once visitors had purchased a figure they could take it home with them immediately leaving traces of their presence in the bed of sand they stood in. 

Each figure was sold for £10 and the Creative Age Challenge made £2,000 for the project which also received interest from the British Museum and national coverage through BBC Scotland.

Contemporary Glass Jewellery and Glass Installation at National Glass Centre, Sunderland

The National Glass Centre has delivered weekly Creative Age Sessions over the last 18 months.  

The group, comprising 16 participants living with dementia and their carers, have worked with over a dozen artists to create professional glass artwork in fused glass, stained glass, and flamework.

As part of Creative Age Challenge 2017, and inspired by the gallery’s contemporary jewellery show Wearable Glass, the group created over 200 pieces of fused glass jewellery to showcase and sell within the centre's learning gallery and shop. 

On the day the group created a large glass installation in partnership with members of the public.  Glass tiles were sponsored by visiting audiences who paid a suggested donation of £3 and glass painted and soldered each tile into the light installation. 

The significant £2,500 made during the challenge has gone back into supporting further Creative Age activity at the organisation.