Mindflow – A Dementia Art Project

Mindflow – A Dementia Art Project

This is the Press Release for MINDFLOW

Devon based Visual Artist Paul Stretton-Stephens and his wife, Lesley launch Mindflow – A Dementia Art Project to raise funds for the National Brain Appeal.


Paul Stretton-Stephens


Exmouth, Devon, UK – 23rd January 2024

Visual Artist - Paul Stretton-Stephens


Adopting the name Mindflow for the Dementia Art Project, Paul and his wife Lesley Stretton-Stephens aim to demystify and grow the arts in the dementia community with the strong belief that creativity is very much alive and kicking in people living with dementia.

Paul and Lesley, who lives with mixed rare dementia, believe that art can truly act as a vehicle for boosting self-esteem, confidence, communication, and emotional expression. Apart from that, it’s fun and provides a sense of purpose with tangible results.

The project incorporates a style of art called Fusion Hybrid Art, where, in this case, participants will actively engage with various patterned and coloured fabrics. They will select fabrics and use them to create a composition. Paul photographs the composition and creates a bespoke digital palette. Using the palette, Paul paints the image digitally.

L-R Paul Stretton-Stephens, Lesley Stretton-Stephens, and Amy Williams The Ness Hub Manager

L-R Paul Stretton-Stephens, Lesley Stretton-Stephens, and Amy Williams The Ness Hub Manager

The Ness Hub, a new Specialist Dementia Hub in Exmouth that is part of The Ness Care Group, is kindly sponsoring and hosting the project along with Cooks Farm Picture Framing.

The projects spans 2024 and all artworks will be available as prints, calendars, and in other formats and 50% of the proceeds will donated to the National Brain Appeal who funds the Rare Dementia Support service. 

The project is looking for 15 people living with dementia with the following requirements:

  1. A willingness to be curious and creative whilst having fun.
  2. Participants and their aides are to attend a 2-hour session at The Ness Exmouth to create the artwork foundation.
  3. We invite participants and their aides to attend a 30-minute to 1-hour session at The Ness, Exmouth, to view the completed artwork.
  4. Attendance at the End of Year Exhibition at The Ness.


If you are interested, or you care for someone who you feel may benefit from participation in this project please contact me for more details and I’ll be delighted to talk you through the project.



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