The question guiding this
review is:
‘What is the value of arts and culture for people living with a dementia?’ The methods used to investigate this question are qualitative. These comprise a conceptual and critical review of existing evidence concerning the impact of arts and culture on people living with a dementia.

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Aims & objectives

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The aim of Mark Making is to provide an analytical overview of some of the existing arts and cultural interventions that are used in dementia care. The actual experience of arts and cultural interventions for people living with a dementia will be central to this review.

The review has been funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and is based at the University of the Arts, London (UAL).

There are two central aims for this review

  • To map the cultural and art based practices that have been used in the past decade with people living with a dementia in the UK.
  • To critically assess the relative usefulness of various arts and culture based approaches to dementia care.

The objectives of Mark Making are –

  • To undertake a literature review in order to ascertain the scope and variety of arts and culture based approaches for those living with a dementia in the UK.
  • To provide two detailed key case studies on arts and culture based approaches to dementia care.
  • To integrate the views of people living with a dementia about cultural and arts based approaches.
  • To establish a network of practitioners who are all employing arts and cultural based approaches within dementia care.