Lost in Art (a visual arts project for people with dementia and their carers held at Ruthin Craft Centre and now Rhyl Library Gallery) has won one of the Marsh Awards for Excellence in Gallery Education (an annual Engage award aiming to recognise those working in gallery education who have shown dedication or innovation in their work).
DCC Arts Officer, Sian Fitzgerald devised and set up the project 5 years ago and its longevity has meant that it has become a flag ship project; pioneering intergenerational primary school partnerships as well as an artist mentee scheme and research programme. The prize was presented to Sian Hughes as the lead artist delivering the workshops at the National Engage Conference in Leeds last week.
Sian Fitzgerald, on behalf of Denbighshire Arts Service, has also been successful in a grant application bid to Arts Council of Wales to pilot a roll out of the Lost in Art model across Wrexham, Flintshire and Conwy working with arts officers in those counties in 2015. Please see attached photo with (left to right) Sian Hughes, Lead Artist and Sian Fitzgerald, DCC Arts Officer.