about the mural
Taking over a prime wall overlooking St Martin’s Square, will be Spanish artist Marina Capdevila and local charity Peaceful Place. Marina’s work shines a light on older people, who are often forgotten or not represented in public artwork. Marina’s passion to represent older people as individuals full of vitality, mirrors Peaceful Place’s mission to educate the world that it is life, experiences, skills and interests that defines a person, not their diagnosis. This is a beautiful partnership that will challenge the way we view older members of society and people diagnosed with dementia.
Peaceful Place is a members-led charity, where people with young onset dementia and their carers can get information, support and above all opportunities to remain socially connected and part of society. While enjoyment and socialising with others are beneficial in their own right, Peaceful Place provides stimulation, opportunities to learn new skills while up-dating or re-learning old ones in a safe, non-judgemental, fun environment. The strength of Peaceful Place is sharing experience with others in the same position and learning from people who understand what it means to live with young onset dementia. Peaceful Place offers hope in a time of hopelessness.
What inspires Marina is the beauty that doesn’t follow the usual aesthetic canons as old people, timeless characters lost in a society that they are already beginning to struggle to understand. Her muse is her grandmother. What she wants to communicate with her artworks is the desire to reach old age with full vitality. The resources of exaggeration and irony are key points in her creations, as well as a powerful colour chart combined with a soft shading.