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Dartford art students paint cultural history for dementia patients

PUBLISHED: 11:45 15 October 2013 | UPDATED: 11:45 15 October 2013

The mural created by students from North West Kent College

The mural created by students from North West Kent College

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Art students at North West Kent College have turned their talents to good use - by painting a mural for dementia patients at a local care unit.

The Dartford college was approached by Littlestones Continuing Care Unit in Stone to brighten up the courtyard for patients suffering with dementia.

The idea behind the mural was to appeal to the patients by focusing on their long-term memory by highlighting British culture from the 1940s to the 1980s.

The artwork, put together by first year fine art students, will be unveiled this afternoon and Dartford deputy mayor Cllr Avtar Sandhu will attend the event in Bow Arrow Lane to show support from the council.

The college’s fine art tutor Kate Jenkins said: “I’m very pleased, they’ve taken to the project really well and have created a brilliant mural using their existing skills so early on in their course.

“The home’s manager has already said he’d like us to come back and update the mural next year which is great.”

The artwork includes paintings of rockstars Freddie Mercury and David Bowie along with other iconic cultural images from the 40-year time frame.

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