Sharing Dementia and Imagination - Dissemination event at the Wellcome Collection

How was our research undertaken and what did we find? What was the impact for people living with dementia, for their carers and for care staff? What was the role of the artists?

Sharing Dementia and ImaginationThese were some of the questions covered at our dissemination event at the Wellcome Collection on January 31st. This was formally opened by Baroness Sally Greengross OBE, Co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Dementia, and attended by over a hundred delegates, from a wide variety of backgrounds.  

Dementia and Imagination - The Project PartnersA range of research partners were present, to share their experiences and their findings. These included:

 

Recruiting participants to Dementia and Imagination - Dr Catrin Hedd Jones 

Connectivity and social capital through the visual arts - Professor Andrew Newman 

Impact for family members and staff carers - Dr Bruce Davenport and Dr Gill Windle 

Reflections on connecting communities through the arts - Dr Teri Howson  

The Grand Tour - Dr Katherine Taylor

 

Cubes installation travelling to cultural venues across the North East

Created by the North East team (Newcastle University, Equal Arts and artists Kate Sweeney and Claire Ford), the ‘cubes’ feature images taken during the project focusing on the arts groups which took place in care homes.

Cube -Dementia and Imagination art installation
From the 5th to the 23rd September they were at Wallsend Library in view of more than 21,000 visitors during this time. Since 3rd October they have been at the White Swan Centre in Killingworth, hosted by North Tyneside Libraries.

The team are continuing to look for new locations across the North East in particular to host the installation. Please contact Bruce Davenport if interested: Bruce.davenport@newcastle.ac.uk
 

BIHMR Launch

D & I at the BIHMR launch
Dementia and Imagination featured in a workshop led by Professor Bob Woods  - at  the launch of the Bangor Institute for Health and Medical research (BIHMR) on 25th February 2016.
 
 
Exhibition in Chesterfield
 
This exhibition opened in November. Work was exhibited from patients at three NHS Derbyshire Trust hospitals who had taken part in the Demenntia and Imagination research project.  

 

The Green Man

Doris and Ivor, the Dementia and Imagination stand, attracted 800 visitors at the Green Man Festival in the Brecon Beacons in August. 

 

International Eisteddfod 2015

The Dementia and Imagination study attracted a lot of attention at this year’s International Eisteddfod in Llangollen. This was thanks to an eye catching stand and workshops and an unusual counterpoint – a vintage 1975 Daff 44 car. 

 

Exploring Imagination

Art work from the research was exhibited in Bangor for the first time in late August and early September.

In an interesting collaboration with Age Watch Cymru the exhibition was held in their Bangor office.

 

Arts & Humanities Research Council – Connected Communities Festival 2015

We were pleased to take part in the 2015 Connected Communities Festival – and hope you were able to attend one of our events. These took place in:

The North East

Dementia and Imagination: connecting communities and developing well-being through socially engaged visual arts practice (Tuesday 7 July 2015,  Newcastle-Upon-Tyne)

The North West

Dementia & Imagination: conversations around a socially engaged visual arts research project (Thursday,  25 June 2015,  Manchester)

Wales

Working together for improved outcomes: dementia and the community – A workshop for organisations and individuals supporting people to live well with dementia (Tuesday 23 June 2015, Ruthin)

 

These events were part of a UK wide festival, exploring creative ways to widen and deepen community engagement  - and were funded by the Connected Communities Programme who are funding our research. Connected Communities aims to build powerful collaborations between researchers and communities to generate distinctive research insights into the changing role of communities in sustaining and enhancing our quality of life. The programme is led by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) in partnership with other Research Councils and a range of other organisations.

Baroness Sally Greengross OBE

Baroness Sally Greengross, Co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia, with Dementia and Imagination team members Clive Parkinson and Gill Windle, at the Sharing Dementia and Imagination conference

 

Imagining Dementia Friendly Futures 2016

What was our contribution to the 2016 Connected Communities Festival?

Find out more here.

Eloquent Brain

The Cruel Sea

5 minute film by Kate Sweeney, Claire Ford and residents of a residental home in Sunderland 

Connected Communities Festival 2015

A report on the Dementia and Imagination events

A report in numbers