Gathered Memories

Gathered Memories, an exciting concept arose whilst developing  work for my final degree show at Winchester School of Art. The installation suggests how memories twist and turn and bounce back when we least expect them too. The dyed silk strands undulated with gold thread to suggest how precious are memories are as Bourgeous suggests form part of our DNA. Following the degree show I was asked if I could create a much larger installation for the Theatre Royal in Hampshire. As this was a large project I invited several Artists to join me

This was an exciting project touring to five different venues.

A new project is being considered to develop this installation on its final journey.

March 2017

The ‘Gathering Memories’ Project has been launched. All monies raised are in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society.

The beginning of the project started in May 2016 with the criteria being put together and sponsorship sought. It has been very exciting putting the kits together. Thanks to the Team

Elizabeth Saunders (Chair)

Wendy Fleckner (Treasurer)

Mary Booy

Jane Ashe

Jeanette Neale

The kits are now in the process of being sold for a minimum donation of £5. For further details contact

26th December 2017

The Gathering Memories Project was launched in the Spring of 2016 and has had an amazing response. All of the kits have now been donated for and we are seeing a good response to returning the Memory Artworks for the Silent Auction. The closing date for returned pieces is the 31st March 2017 following which there will be two Exhibitions at the Willis Museum in Basingstoke and Southampton Art Gallery Foyer. The Silent Auction of Memory Artwork will take place here and through the website.

Elizabeth Saunders 'Up the Tree'

This is my piece called ‘Up the Tree’. When I was a girl I always climbed trees, my bike was placed at the bottom and I was up the tree. Do check out the other memory pieces that have been returned by going to  All of the funds raised from the silent Auction will go to the Alzheimers Association.

05 April 2018
Submission of artwork for the exhibition and auction is now closed.

A big thank you to all those of you who have participated in the project.
Bidding for artworks will be from 30 June to 30 September 2018 and each piece will have a minimum starting price of £20.00

Exhibition dates:

The Willis Museum, Basingstoke, RG21 7QD  :  30th June – 4th August 2018
Southampton Art Gallery (Foyer) SO14 7LP  : 12th August – 30th September 2018

15 May 2018

The team are now busy getting the exhibition prepared and look forward to seeing some of you at the following venues:

The Willis Museum, Basingstoke, RG21 7QD  :  30th June – 4th August 2018

Southampton Art Gallery (Foyer) SO14 7LP  : 12th August – 30th September 2018

11th August 2018.

I can’t believe how busy we have been with the Gathering Memories Project. We had 159 pieces of Memory Artwork returned. The exhibition at Basingstoke has taken place with the Silent Auction going well. he Exhibition has now moved to Southampton Art Gallery until 30th September where wee will look at the bids and be in touch with the Highest Bidders. All monies raised are for the Alzheimers Society. Hoping to see some of you at Southampton. Bids can be done through the Exhibition and website

16th January 2019

The Project is now completed. We are just waiting for the final total to be donated. It has been very successful and is Worldwide. Thank you to Everyone who has participated.