CVI Art - Artist Willy Gilder

Willy Gilder has acquired CVI due to a form of dementia and uses art to process and share his visual experiences.

University of EdinburghVideo Link:

Willy Gilder writes:
I have a form of Alzheimers Disease that affects my parietal lobes and means I see things that aren't there - specifically a grey blob in my left field of vision that sometimes expands, and a sense that shiny pale reflective surfaces are covered in pale grey hair.

As an artist not being able to trust what I see has been most disconcerting - and I'm worried that my eyesight might deteriorate further, which drives me on to record the world around me as fast and as furiously as I can.

I've long been fascinated by the fact that artists see and interpret things in our own individual ways. I try through my drawing and painting to convey the world around me, and am interested in drawing the everyday; whether that be a person waiting for a bus or people at work.


BBC on-line news feature about CVI Art including Willy Gilder's work.

BBC Interview about CVI Art including Willy Gilder's work.

Steve Hollingsworth's introduction to Willy Gilder at the CVI Art Exhibition.University of EdinburghVideo Link:

This CVIArts project was facilitated by Professor John Ravenscroft, Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Fellow (2021-22) University of Edinburgh.


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