Memories Are Made Of This #dementia


“Memories Are Made Of This”

An Exhibition by Hilary Wardhaugh

OPENS 6pm 5th September 2019, by Mr Keith Potger (The Seekers)


Memories Are Made of This is an exploration of positivity and hope, even though the premise explores Dementia.

During the first stages of Dementia, it is difficult to tell just by looking at someone if they have dementia. If, when talking to a person living with dementia, you have no lived experience of communicating with a family member with the disease then it can be confusing for both people. Over the last 2 years I have created a series of portraits of couples living with Dementia; one has the disease and one does not. By not informing the viewer as to which person has the disease I aim to illustrate that though the person who has Dementia may behave differently, they are still the same person.

Memories Are Made of This, is a song title which aptly describes the love and community of singing together. Music is powerfully potent living with Dementia Along with the couples’ portraits I have also made candid images of the Alchemy Chorus a choir for people living with the disease, their partners and volunteers. For families living with this insidious disease, it is so important to make time to do community activities for as long as possible. It is a social outing and a time for carers to debrief!

Before the death of my father who had Dementia with Lewy Bodies, he loved attending the choir and even towards the end of his life he could still enjoy the singing, even if he looked like he was asleep, we could often see him mouthing the words. He could still remember the words of the old songs, hence the title of this exhibition, Memories Are Made Of This.

You can read a bit more about the Alchemy Chorus in this beautiful piece in the Canberra Times, thanks to Megan Doherty.

All funds raised by the sales of prints are being donated to Dementia research via Dementia Australia. The exhibition opens at 6pm on the 5th September at the Canberra Contemporary Artspace in Furneaux St Manuka, and is open Thursdays to Sundays until 15th September. Tickets for the opening can be reserved here: It is free to attend but will sell out very quickly, so register now.

Contact Hilary 0418255416 or for any further information.

Memories Are Made Of This <-Click This to download a poster to print out and give to family, friends who you think may like to come but do not have access to a computer.

and please do not forget The ALCHEMY CHORUS CANBERRA  have a concert on Saturday 31st August at Uniting Church Weston Creek!! All Welcome!