Interacting with Dementia

Saturday 30th May 2015, University of Kent

Dementia and Digital Arts project; Led by Dr. Ania Bobrowicz (SEDA) This has been a very productive month for this project with extensive links with arts practitioners and health specialists in dementia, including theatre companies and council officials focussing on health policies in Kent and Medway. A public engagement network is being set up with these practitioners and professionals, which will be developed through events, seminars and online debates via The Beacon Institute. Digital arts and dementia will the focus for this project. There will be two outcomes: the first will be a colloquium on dementia and creative practice involving various participants, to include contributers from theatre, dance and music. We have the specialist expertise of Sube Banerjee, Professor of dementia research who is on our advisory board. This colloquium would involve discussions of potential funding sources. We have contacts with several researchers working in this area, to include Professor Dawn Brooker (University of Worcester) and Alisoun Milne at Kent.

Nicola Shaughnessy was invited to meet with Peter Marsh, Project Officer for Dementia Friendly Communities, Social Care, Health and Well Being Services, Kent County Council, having heard about the work of The Beacon Institute and proposed a collaboration with KCC as part of a growing network. This has led to a proposal for a 1 Day symposium of health and arts professionals and researchers, to be held on Saturday 30th May with funding support from KCC. The symposium will be hosted at the university of Kent by the Beacon Institute, led by Dr. Ania Bobrowicz and Prof. Nicki Shaughnessy and will feature the Beacon funded research on Dementia, Creativity and Well Being. This enables the researchers and practitioners who have been in dialogue with the team to share projects and plan future collaboration.