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Cape exhibition shines a light on dementia

Posted Thursday 10 September 2015

An exhibition of artworks by prominent Australian mother and daughter artists, Ann and Sophie Cape, is proving one of Mosman Art Gallery’s most popular exhibitions for 2015.

An Unending Shadow, a series of challenging new artworks exploring the phenomena of dementia and its impact within the community, launched at a standing room-only opening night featuring guest speaker Sue Pieters-Hawke, national ambassador for Alzheimer’s Australia and daughter of the late Hazel Hawke.

The exhibition, which runs until 29 November, examines the emotional and psychological “spaces” that people with dementia inhabit, as well as those of their family, friends and loved ones and includes portraits of individuals and their carers as well as large abstract works.

Both Ann and Sophie have shared their personal experiences of having a relative living with dementia, its impact on their day-to-day lives and artistic practices in the hope of encouraging dialogue about its broader impacts within society.