Sage House customer Patrick Cox has won the National Audit of Dementia Art prize with a piece called ‘Blue Sun’ that he produced during one of Sage House’s watercolour sessions.
Patrick has been attending Sage House for a few months, having found art to be very therapeutic and a great pastime following the death of his wife.
His winning painting was chosen from entries sent from all over the UK. A spokesperson for the National Audit of Dementia said: “We had over 90 entries this year and were amazed at the calibre of art we received.”
The National Audit of Dementia is a clinical audit programme commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership on behalf of NHS England and the Welsh Government looking at quality of care received by people with dementia. The competition was launched early in 2019 with the theme Living Well.
His grand-daughter, Isabella, said: “We took Grand-dad to art sessions at Sage House to see whether he might enjoy doing some painting. Art quickly became very important to him and us, as a lovely, calming, fun activity.
“We never thought his artwork would be entered into a competition. We couldn’t believe it when we heard he’d won!”
Patrick’s artwork will be used as the front cover of the Round 4 National Audit of Dementia national report – he also won a gift token which he may use to top up his art materials.
For more information about these sessions, visit: dementia-support.org.uk or call: 01243 888 691