September 22nd, 2016

Putting a face on Alcester

Putting a face on Alcester Putting a face on Alcester
Updated: 1:30 pm, Sep 16, 2016

AN Alcester photographer who favours familiarity over fame has created an exhibition in aid of a local dementia support group.

Kelvin Cornwall’s photographic portrait exhibition, ‘Familiar Faces’, which celebrates the people of Alcester will be on show at Church House on Butter Street later this month.

The exhibition, featuring formal portraits of around 80 local faces including shopkeepers, teachers, children, gardeners, magistrates, caretakers, butchers, clergy, politicians and artists, will be open to the public on Saturday September 24 from 9am-5pm and Sunday September 25 from 12pm-5pm, and although it is free to attend, charitable donations for Alcester Day Care, who are currently based at the Alcester Baptist Church premises, are welcomed.

Kelvin said: “It has been an exciting and rewarding experience putting together this body of our work and along the way we’ve made new friends and hopefully continued in the tradition of our lovely town and villages of being a warm and welcoming community.

“We also want to raise funds for a well-known and worthy local cause, the Alcester Day Centre, who provide help and support for people with memory problems or dementia, and their families and carers.

“One of the devastating aspects for people with dementia and memory loss is that faces that were once familiar, slowly and unfairly become unfamiliar. Those they hold closest become strangers. Our faces, core to our identity and distinctiveness, are sadly lost, a proverbial robbery of the soul.”

“Familiar Faces aims to put at the heart of the exhibition some of the faces that are known to the community, family and individuals.”

In connection with the Alcester Café, founded by Carole and Roger Zambonini, the dedicated drop-in Alcester Day Care is held twice weekly and aims to support the community, family and individuals when dealing with dementia.

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