Hebden has Soul

Sharon Marsden and Jeff Turner with their daughter Jessica, aged two, and their exhibition of  community cohesion project.
Sharon Marsden and Jeff Turner with their daughter Jessica, aged two, and their exhibition of community cohesion project.

Hebden Bridge Town Hall will play host to the Soul Journey art project next month.

The project is a unique collaboration between arts company verd de gris, writer Paula Sutherland and international film-maker Geoff Brokate to enable people to see through some of the myths that build up around dementia and get closer to the individual at the heart of the issue.

Over the last 12 months the collaboration has involved spending time in verd de gris‘ creative dementia sessions, filming in the beautiful Pennine landscape, and working closely with four individuals, all of whom are living with the condition.

The results include an installation, original writing, a series of still photographs and a film that weaves together spoken word, moving images and an original score to capture some of the beauty and dignity of the people taking part - and to celebrate the extraordinary richness of the landscape that means so much to them.

Jeff Turner, from verd de gris, said: “With this unique project, we want anyone, anywhere in the world to engage and connect with the themes of dementia, ageing and the individual, to contribute to a shift in how we consider and present aspects of the dementia condition.”

The exhibition will include an installation, ‘A Walk to Staups Mill’ and a photographic exhibition ‘Light Remains’. It will also featured a small exhibition of work produced by participants from verd de gris’ weekly creative dementia sessions.

To launch the exhibition at 6pm on Tuesday, April 21 verd de gris will be screening the film Soul Journey followed by a creative presentation and Q&A with Sharon Marsden and Geoff Brokate.