Creative sessions for people living with dementia are being held at a host of the North East’s cultural venues.

Creative ageing charity Equal Arts has teamed up with venues in Sunderland, Newcastle and County Durham to provide weekly sessions for people living with dementia and their carers.

The informal and friendly sessions take place each week and are led by professional artists and the interests of those taking part.

The project is inspired by research that creative expression in artistic activities such as painting or making music has been found to be an important way for people with a dementia to express and access emotions even when cognitive abilities are diminishing.

This October come along, have a go and discover Creative Age at the following venues:

  • Hatton Gallery, King’s Road, Newcastle, NE1 8QB, from Wednesday, November 6, 2pm – 4pm, free
  • Northern Print, Stepney Bank, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 2NP, Tuesday, October 15, 10am – 12pm, £3 donation towards materials
  • The Barn at Easington with East Durham Creates, Thorpe Lea East, Easington Colliery, Peterlee, SR8 3UT, Friday, October 18, 1pm – 3pm, free
  • Bowes Museum, Newgate, Barnard Castle, DL12 8NP, Tuesday, October 8, 2pm – 4pm, free
  • Durham Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill Rd, Durham, DH1 3TH, Wednesday, October 9, 2.30pm – 4.30pm, free
  • Arts Centre Washington, Biddick Lane, Washington, NE38 8AB, Thursday, October 10, 1.30pm – 3.30pm, free and Friday, October 11, 1.30pm – 3.30pm, free
  • National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland, SR6 0GL, Tuesday, October 8, 2pm – 4pm, £5
  • Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens, Burdon Rd, Sunderland, SR1 1PP, Tuesday, October 8, 1pm – 3pm, free