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Young Asian artists in London come together to support Vicky McClure’s Our Dementia Choir.

The Healing Power of Art and Music, a Charity Sale, will take place at Iconic Images Gallery in Piccadilly on Thursday, June 1st. All proceeds of the sale will go to Our Dementia Choir, the charity founded by actor Vicky McClure to provide music therapy and support for people living with dementia.

Mae Chan, Before I am in Your Arm

The artists from across Asia are all recent graduates of leading London art schools including the Royal College of Art and Chelsea School of Art. The exhibition and sale have been organised by young curator, Mandy Zhang, who herself graduated from the Royal College Curating course and has recently started her own gallery focusing on Asian contemporary art.

As a young person, I witnessed first-hand the devastating effects of dementia on my own grandmother. Watching her slowly lose her memory and struggle with everyday tasks was heart-breaking. I saw the importance of supporting and caring for those affected by this disease.

Mandy Zhang 
Yangfan Jiang, People riding tandem bicycles passing the artificial dinosaurs inside the spherical arena Photograph 54.9-x-42-cm, 2018

The sale will include drawings, paintings, photography and contemporary mixed media, at prices ranging from £500-£8,000.

Following the Sale on Thursday 1st June, works will be available to buy online at mandyzhang.art until the 11th June. 

Everyone at Our Dementia Choir is really honoured and grateful to Mandy and all the artists for their support in this, our first venture in the art world. Like me, Mandy knows personally the impact dementia can have and draw attention to the need for greater support and resources for people with dementia from ethnic minorities, including the Asian community.

Vicky McClure, Founder and Chair of the charity, Our Dementia Choir 

Approximately 50 million people worldwide are living with dementia, according to the World Health Organization. While there is no known cure for this condition, music therapy has been shown to be an effective way to improve cognitive function and quality of life for those with dementia. In light of the growing care crisis and lack of action, Our Dementia Choir, a charity, is working to make music therapy accessible to all individuals living with dementia. 

The Healing Power of Art and Music, Charity Day Sale Thursday 1st June 2023, 12 noon – 5 pm. Admission free, Iconic Images Gallery, 16 Waterloo Place, St James’s, London SW1Y 4AR iconicimagesgallery.com



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