A Life More Ordinary chapbooks

A Grand Day Out

The third in our series of chapbooks features the work of three DEEP (Dementia Engagement & Empowerment Project) groups: DEEP Vibes Scarborough, York Minds and Voices and Face It Together (FIT) in Bradford. The three groups have been working with Ian BeesleyIan McMillan and Tony Husband on a project focusing on the 'Right to Get Out and About' organised by IDEAL project partner Innovations in Dementia. The design of the chapbook is based on the 1950s 'Picture Post' magazine which every summer would include a feature on going on a day out, often with people enjoying a trip to the seaside. In this style, the booklet includes photos from one of the events where the York and Bradford groups travelled to Scarborough to meet up with DEEP Vibes. Despite an eventful train journey they all had 'A Grand Day Out' in the end.

A pdf of the chapbook can be downloaded from here (PDF, 4.7MB)

From the Negative to the Positive

The second in our series of chapbooks features the work of the Oldham-based 'Ragamuffins', a group of people with dementia, their partners and volunteers. Ian Beesley, Ian McMillan and Tony Husband have been holding regular workshops with the group at Gallery Oldham over the past year. The 'From the Negative to the Positive' chapbook includes some of images and poetry produced during these sessions and it was accompanied by a short exhibition of the same name at Gallery Oldham in early 2018.

A pdf of the chapbook can be downloaded from here (PDF, 4.6MB)

The Allotment of Time

The first chapbook produced as part of the 'A Life More Ordinary' project was co-created by Age UK Exeter's 'Budding Friends' group. Ian Beesley, Ian McMillan and Tony Husband spent time with the group both on their rapidly growing allotment and indoors. Members of the group shared their images and stories, both from the past and in the present, and joined in activities with the artists. The chapbook presents some of the photographs, poems and cartoons produced during the workshops on the theme of 'The Allotment of Time'.

A pdf of the chapbook can be downloaded from here (PDF, 2MB)