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?
These 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.
A 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
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.email@example.com
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.
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)
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.