Belong Where You Find Yourself

Please join us for a series of screenings of Belong Where You Find Yourself, a film documenting a community-engaged art project, overseen by the Godfrey Dean Art Gallery, that supported artists living with dementia and their care partners.
Regina:
Wednesday, May 8th. 1:30 – 3:30 pm
University of Regina, College Avenue Campus,
2155 College Ave, Regina, SK Room: CB 139 – Multipurpose Hall

Saskatoon:
Saturday, May 11, 1:30 – 3:30 pm
Sherbrooke Community Centre
401 Acadia Dr, Saskatoon, SK
Yorkton: 
Friday, June 14, 2-4 pm
Yorkton & District Nursing Home – Chapel
200 Bradbrooke Dr, Yorkton, SK

Saturday, June 15, 2-4 pm
Yorkton Public Library
93 Broadway St W, Yorkton
From January 2022 – May 2023, lead Artists Alana Moore and Amber Phelps Bondaroff worked closely with a community of 12 artists from Yorkton and surrounding areas whose lives have been impacted by dementia. The project culminated in a major gallery exhibition at the Godfrey Dean Art Gallery that showcased a range of multigenerational and multidisciplinary artworks including drawing, painting, photography, filmmaking, storytelling, music, musical theatre, woodworking, sculpture, and fabric art.

In this hour-long documentary, filmmaker Adrienne (Sunny) Adams weaves documentation of the artworks created with personal stories and experiences of the artists involved. 
Participating Artists in the BWYFY Project include: 
Elaine Berard & Herb Elder; Bonnie & Leon Jones; Merle & Dean Wiley;  Amanda Babey & Verna Off; Pat & Ron Walton; and Twila Napoleoni & Jeanette Haberstock. 
Lead artists Alana Moore, and Amber Phelps Bondaroff, and filmmaker Adrienne Adams will be in attendance for a brief Q&A after the film.

This community screening is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. 
Belong Where You Find Yourself
Filmed and edited by Adrienne Adams
2024, Canada, 58mins, PG
English
The Godfrey Dean Art Gallery’s – Belong Where You Find Yourself (BWYFY) project is one of eight interventions supported by the Dementia Supports in Rural Saskatchewan (DSRS) initiative. DSRS is a five-year (2019-2024) Collective Impact initiative undertaken by the Saskatchewan Population Health and Evaluation Research Unit (SPHERU), University of Regina, and funded in part by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program. The DSRS initiative seeks to improve public awareness of the stigma and social isolation experienced by people living with dementia and their care partners in rural communities. For more information: https://www.ruraldementiask.ca/belong-where-you-find-yourself/

More information and RSVP for the event here: https://www.ruraldementiask.ca/event/spheru_gdag_belong_where_you_find_yourself_film_screening/

This is a really unique exhibition—a wide of range of different artworks created by a group of local artists and craftspeople working collaboratively and individually across drawing, painting, photography, film making, storytelling, music, musical theatre, wood working, sculpture, and fabric art.

Showing together as a group exhibition, the collection tells many different stories from people in our community, and it is itself an artistic statement about life, family, love, and belonging. Lead Artists Alana Moore and Amber Phelps Bondaroff have been working for over a year with a group of 12 local artists whose lives have been impacted by dementia, accompanying an artistic process to tell their stories and share their creativity. The result is multidisciplinary and multi-generational, with a range of artistic interests and forms of expression.

This one-of-a-kind art exhibition, was shown only in Yorkton at the Godfrey Dean Art Gallery, April 5 – May 23, 2023
Elaine in her sewing studio, and a close up picture of one of her quilts
Verna’s drawings explore place, memory, and process

Background

Belong Where You Find Yourself is a community-engaged art project for people whose lives have been impacted by dementia. This project at the Godfrey Dean Art Gallery is part of a collaborative effort with organizations across the province. Working under the umbrella of Dementia Supports in Rural Saskatchewan, we share a goal to increase public awareness and reduce stigma associated with dementia.
Beginning in January 2022, the project’s two lead artists Alana Moore and Amber Phelps-Bondaroff have been working with 12 local artist participants through a one-year creation period leading to a major gallery exhibition opening this April at GDAG and a pop-up community presentation tour later in 2023.

We are following principles of community-engaged practice. We include input from all participants and evolve our process through this feedback and learning at every stage. The result so far is an organic and meaningful engagement that is bringing people together, bringing families together, creating new friendships and support networks, and capturing moments of beauty, clarity, and connection.

Lead Artists

Alana Moore is a white settler-Saskatoon based visual artist and facilitator. Drawing from her personal experiences with addiction, mental illness, and chronic pain, Alana’s work investigates vulnerability and how to create shared meaning with participatory projects using dialogue, process, photography, design, and often non-object based outcomes. Alana works as an artist at Sherbrooke Community Centre, is a youth mentor with Future Artistic Minds (FAM), and a volunteer member with Bridges Art Movement (BAM).
Image: In the Hole (2017) was a short-term residency located in an earthen hole on Treaty 6 territory in rural Saskatchewan, Canada. The residency coincided with an exhibition at PAVED Arts Saskatoon. Live video and audio streaming from the hole were presented in the gallery for the duration of each residency day.
Amber Phelps Bondaroff is an interdisciplinary visual artist, performer and arts organizer, living on Treaty 4 Territory in Saskatchewan, Canada. She crafts situations that encourage people to make and be together.  Through these spaces, her work strives to soften the rigidities of conventional social interaction. Amber works across many mediums, including; soft sculpture, costume, drawing,  printmaking, music and film. There is a strong focus on reuse and re-imagining of materials throughout her work.
Image: Mountain Movers – still from performance for video (2017). Mountain Movers considers the influence of surrounding landscapes on the body’s physical movements through space. A playful reflection on the phrase ‘to move a mountain,’ a wearable mountain acts as visual representation of the accumulating burden of lived experience on the body.

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Dementia Supports in Rural Saskatchewan is led by the Saskatchewan Population Health and Evaluation Research Unit (SPHERU) at the University of Regina and funded by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program. The Godfrey Dean Art Gallery is proud to be among a number of local organizations helping make this initiative a success in our community, and we want to say a big thank you to the project team and all the collaborating organizations, including Parkland Valley Sport, Culture, & Recreation, Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan, SaskAbilities, City of Yorkton, and Yorkton Public Library.