‘A Book of Me’ – soft launch

Yesterday we soft launched our resource produced for borough residents recently diagnosed with dementia.

By Katherine Brown
May 21st 2014

Beauty and Utility Arts have been commissioned by The Hinckley and Bosworth Health and Wellbeing Partnership to develop a dementia resource for residents of Hinckley and Bosworth. After working with and listening to individuals and organisations across the area ‘A Book Of Me’ has been produced and will be offered to people after a recent diagnosis of dementia later on this year. The folder is a place to store and find relevant information together with sections designed to stimulate conversation and memories.

Katherine Brown, Director of Beauty and Utility Arts “This week is National Dementia Awareness Week and we wanted to let local people know about the resource we have been designing. A Book of Me has been very well received during its development stages and we are looking forward to launching it fully later on this Summer.”

Simon Jones, Health Lead at Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council said “The Hinckley and Bosworth Health and Wellbeing Partnership have commissioned this folder as part of its work to provide the best health information and guidance to people in the borough. Working in partnership with Beauty and Utility Arts we intend that this book will become integral to the support package enabling people to live well with Dementia.”

The photo shows us holding the resource in front of some of intergenerational work at an awareness event yesterday with l – r Howard Wilkins – Dementia Champion, Katherine Brown -Director of Beauty and Utility Arts, Juanita Vogel – contributor, Lindsay Orton Locality Mental Health Strategic Co-ordinator at Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council

Dementia and Hinckley & Bosworth event

 Beauty and Utility Arts have been commissioned by Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council to develop a person centred, dementia focussed, booklet/ring bound folder. This will sit with the county Dementia Care Pathway leaflets currently being completed and the work of The Alzheimer’s Society within our area.

Our aim is to create something creative, useful and informative for Borough residents looking for a way of keeping track of local information and their own journey. The consultation event on 8th October will determine the content, but we envisage it will contain local stories, space for notes taken at and prior to GP appointments and plenty of room for personal journals. All of which will be useful for the individual, their carers or supporters and appointments with doctors etc.



Tuesday 8th October 2013      9 am – 1.45pm

Atkins Building, Lower Bond Street, Hinckley, LE10 1QU


o Attend a Dementia Friends’ information session to learn more about dementia

o Help us develop a personal or personalised dementia focused information folder for Hinckley and Bosworth residents.

o Take part in a Knowledge Café event sharing ideas, insights and thoughts in small groups throughout the day.

o Step inside a pub style Memory Pod, thanks to Voluntary Action South Leicestershire and Seven Lock’s Housing Memory Lane project.

Light lunch provided


For further details and to secure your place, please email Katherine Brown at beautyandutilityarts@hotmail.co.uk with the subject headline October 8th or call on (07908) 750187

Working with: Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council, Changing Minds, The Alzheimer’s Society, VASL.



Creative Hinckley Members Showcase

Beauty and Utility Arts are lucky enough to be members of Creative Hinckley. Our office is based on Creative Hinckley’s Creative Corridor in the Atkins Building so we’re surrounded by fellow creatives each and every day.

As members of Creative Hinckley we were invited to take part in the Creative Hinckley Members Showcase that is currently being exhibited in the gallery. The exhibition was installed and opened to the public on 14th August and will remain open until 7th September, so wander on down and enjoy all of the fantastic work on show!!

Below are a couple of photos courtesy of Ed Brown taken on the 15th August at the exhibitions Private View. We hope you love them as much as we do!ImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

Thanks Ed!


The Concordia Gallery

As part of my job at BUA I am in charge of the lovely little gallery space held at the Concordia just around the corner from our office and studio – since August 2012 I have been responsible for the organising and overseeing of the three exhibitions that began from January 2013.

It’s not always an easy job but it has been a lot of fun so far!

As I’ve already mentioned since January we have held three exhibitions; the first was with Jaswant Flora – an illustrator who graduated from University of Northampton in 2012 with flying colours, her work showcases intricate designs that make the viewer question the content and broader meaning, drawing on her Sikh upbringing and love of all things street art the work is truly unique and completely gorgeous!



Next up we had Jane Neal, a more traditional artist working in water colours and producing some of the most stunning landscapes that I have ever seen!! Her work went up in the gallery in March and she sold several artworks in her eight week run!



Come the end of April it was time to take down Jane’s work and introduce Zac Cummings droodles to the gallery space. Zac is in an incredibly talented young man who is still at college whilst making these colourful, quirky and full of character artworks. We extended Zac’s exhibition for a month so that Hinckley’s German twinned town Herford could see the work on their upcoming visit at the end of this month!



In the coming months we have a further three artists’ works to look forward to – all like me have just graduated from De Montfort University and all produce amazing art that has had me awe-inspired for the past four years; they are, Miriam Duffield, Kerrie-Louise O’Donnell and Gemma Neilson.


Miriam Duffield, 2012


Kerrie-Louise O’Donnell, 2012


Gemma Neilson, 2012

Their works vary hugely and I’m really excited for the gallery to host works showcasing colour, form, architecture and the habits of young girls on the internet in this “selfie” generation. Miriam’s work will be installed from July 29th until September 16th, Kerrie’s from September 16th until November 11th and Gemma’s from November 11th until January 6th!


If you, or anyone you know, is interested in exhibiting at the Concordia in 2014 here is all you need to know: you get to exhibit your work for eight weeks to the theatre’s staff and visitors and we don’t charge a penny for hire or commission on works sold – it is a great opportunity for emerging or studying artists to get their work and name out there! If you’re interested please email me at caitlin.beautyandutilityarts@hotmail.co.uk to get the ball rolling!