Map showing centres in the UK
This map shows the location of projects throughout the UK.
Inclusion on this map is not a recommendation from the Mark Making project team.
This project is running for a defined period from January – March 2014. The project is primarily theatre based with elements of music, sound and movement. The sessions met on a weekly basis with a final performance on 3rd March. Approximately 6 of the 10 participants are living with a dementia, it is estimated that most of these people are in the middle stages of the condition.
A group of people living in a residential care home are coming together with a team of theatre practitioners to explore drama, sound and music through live performance and digital/audio technology.
4D Creative - Immersive Spaces
This project explores how people living with a dementia can use immersive spaces. The project is ongoing from May 2013 – April 2014 and weekly sessions take place on a dementia ward and in a day centre for people with a dementia. Approximately 5-10 people take part per session.
The project is open to all service users at each location.
Reminiscence Arts and Dementia – Impact on Quality of Life (RADIQL)
A three year programme created by Age Exchange to provide a model of excellence in person-centred care. It aims to develop a new form of reminiscence and arts practice to be piloted in care settings, end of life care and the community in Southwark and Lambeth.
Tel: 020 8318 9105
Age Exchange at “Number Eleven”
Alive! Art workshops
Art workshops have been running since 2011 and are on-going, they take place in North Somerset and Bristol. The workshops involve painting, drawing and occasionally other mediums such as clay are used. The workshops take place between 10 and 12 times a month and involve approximately 9 people living with a dementia.
The art facilitators encourage participants to make individual choices, engage with new skills and above all have fun.
Alive! Dance workshops
These movement based workshops have been running since 2013 and are on-going. They take place approximately 8 times a month and involve between 10 and 25 people living with a dementia. The workshops encourage the use of props such as fabrics, octobands, parachutes, scarves and percussion instruments.
Sessions are delivered in care homes and day centres across a wide geographical area including Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire, Gloucester, South Gloucester, North Somerset and Bristol. They are designed to improve physical and emotional wellbeing and are inclusive, people with any level of physical or cognitive ability are able to participate.
Alive! Guided Reminiscence
These sessions have been taking place since 2009 and are on-going. Approximately 15 people living with a dementia take part in each session. Although no particular group is targeted these sessions tend to target older people who are more cognitively able. As with many Alive groups a wide geographical area is covered including: Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire, Gloucester S.Glos, North Somerset, Banes Bristol, W. Sussex.
The groups use an iPad connected to a projector or flat screen TV to evoke music images and videos from the past. Reminiscence materials are also used to encourage communication and connection between residents. Themes for sessions spark discussion. The internet and websites such as google earth, street view, Wikipedia or you tube are used as these respond instantly to people’s requests. The internet is also used to access hobbies interests and memories that may be inaccessible living in the care home environment.
Alive! Museums to You
These sessions started in November 2013 and will continue until December 2014. Approximately 14 people living with a dementia participate.
Six themed sessions are held including general topics such as holidays, global sights, marriage and the countryside. In the sessions residents will handle items that stimulate and evoke memories, provoke discussion and have fun. iPads, props and artwork from the museum are all used.
Alive! One to One
This was started in March 2013 and is on-going. One to one sessions take place 6 times a month. Older people living in residential care who are not able to leave their rooms or join in with group activities are the specific focus of these sessions. Often people with advanced dementia, learning disabilities, severe depression or mobility issues.
An Alive! presenter uses an iPad with the resident to help them engage and start to reconnect with activities which they most enjoy. This will involve using apps for painting, drawing, birdsong, making virtual pottery and being able to access film clips and old music videos. These sessions are run in Bristol, W.Sussex, Hampshire, Dorset and Wiltshire.
Alive! Out of the Frame
Sessions took place between April and September 2013 and are taking place between February – April 2014. Approximately 14 people living with a dementia participate in each session. Older people living in care homes are the focus of these groups.
Specially created themed resource boxes containing materials from the Wallace Collection museum in London are central to these groups. As well as using iPads with digital content we use images and objects from the collection to provoke discussion and allow residents to enjoy beautiful pieces of artwork. The Alive! presenter will talk about the exciting stories and history surrounding the items and artwork.
Alive! Paint Pals
Paint Pals is an intergenerational art project. A group of children from a secondary school are paired with a group from a local care home, the pairs correspond by painting postcards to each other and sometimes writing a little about their experiences and interests. They then meet for a Paint Pals party.
The group started in 2012 and is on-going and primarily involves painting and drawing. There are usually 4 sessions during each term.
Alive! Tangible Memories
These groups started in December 2013 and are running until March 2015. Three groups of people are targeted. One care home with residents who are living with advanced dementia. One care home with residents who are cognitively able and one of mixed cognitive and physical abilities.
In collaboration with Bristol university Alive! deliver guided reminiscence type sessions for using the internet, music, and props. University researchers use these sessions to talk to residents about important memories and significant objects that the residents have or have lost in their lives. The researchers and academics will then collect these stories and memories from residents and design innovative interactive objects which may contain the stories passed on by the residents.
Alive! Variety Hour
This multi arts activity has been running since 2009 and is on-going. The sessions involve music, poetry, reminiscence, history, quizzes and physical activities that encourage gentle exercise. Approximately 15 people living with a dementia attend each group. The Variety Hour session covers a wide geographical area (including Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire, Gloucester, S.Glos., North Somerset, Banes Bristol and West Sussex).
The variety sessions include many activities such as singing, quizzes about ‘this day in history’, movement and gentle dance, listening to music, batting a giant balloon, using percussion instruments or using the iPad.There is something for all participants and the focus is on treating everyone as an individual.
Open to all.
Tel: 01908 232 612
Suite 433A, 2nd Floor
417 Midsummer Boulevard
Art Group – Gloucester
This is a structured regular support group for people with dementia and their carers with an emphasis on artistic and creative activities. The group is a the place to share concerns, experiences and coping mechanisms, as well as a place to make friends. The group is run by 2 artists and 2 volunteers and all abilities are welcomed from beginners to experienced artists.
Tel: 01452 525222
Art in Hospital
Tel: 0141 211 9031
Serves whole of Scotland Exhibitions Publications available
The Creative Space
Artlink Central works with people in prison, hospitals, schools and communities who face barriers to expressing themselves and to their health and wellbeing. Helix Day marked the completion of Helix Park, and included work by NHS patients exploring interests in local heritage and nature.
Artlink Edinburgh and Lothians
Tel: 0131 229 3555
13A Spital Street,
Artlink West Yorkshire
The ‘Living Story’
Community arts organisation based in Hyde Park, Leeds. Artlinkprovide quality artistic initiatives for vulnerable people, including people with dementia and their carers. The focus is on enhancing positive mental health.
They have run a pilot project, the ‘Living Story’ at two dementia units in Leeds.
191 Belle Vue Road, Leeds, LS3 1HG
TEL: 0113 2431005
Arts Activity Group – Carlisle
Monthly workshops to enable people living with dementia to work with professional artists to explore the theme of memory through working with fabric, drawing, photography, print and mark-making.
The arts workshops will take place on the third Friday of each month, from 1.30 – 3.30pm at:
Botcherby Community Centre,
Arts and Crafts group
An artist group for people living with dementia to try something new in a friendly and supportive enviroment. Held every Friday at Gartholwg Lifelong Learning Centre.
Tel: 01443 400233
Contact: Veronica Franklin Gould
Tel: 020 8780 5217
Various arts initiatives in the London area, and some training
20 Charlwood Road,
Art groups for people recovering from mental ill health
Based in Coventry, only suitable for people in early stage dementia, and able to attend independently or with limited support from a carer. Includes drawing, painting, sculpture, collage, ceramics, mosaics.
Tel: 02476 414 740
16 Lower Holyhead Road
Bennachie Visitor Centre
Arts workshops calledBennachie Woodland Wander.
Artist Sarah Wakeford will take people with dementia outdoors to create artwork in a relaxed atmosphere.
Susanna: 01467 629292
Bluecoat - Art Group
Imaginative session facilitated by an artist from the Bluecoat creative hub in Liverpool. Social interaction and multi-sensory stimulation. Open to people of all ages with dementia and their carers. Exhibition held at the end of the project.
Tel: 0151 702 5324
Care: Create: Connect
This project took place in October 2013 and consisted of between 1 and 3 workshops in each art form (ceramics, dance, singing, painting / drawing, collage, environmental arts) over a month. On average 10 people living with a dementia participated per workshop. Participants were living with a middle or late stage of dementia and were residents in a carehome.
Sub-project of Create:Connect – offered care home residents a chance to work with professional creative practitioners in a variety of art forms. Funded by Aberdeenshire Council and Luminate (Scotland’s Creative Festival of Ageing).
A dance company which runs ‘Fleeting Moments’ a project to enhance the wellbeing of people withdementia.
Chaturangan is based in Liverpool, and runs ‘Fleeting Moments’, a dance and music project for people with dementia and their families. It includes Indian, Chinese and contemporary dance.
A film about their work can be viewed here: Film
Tel: 07850 127823
10 Awelon Close, Grove Park, West Derby, LIVERPOOL L12 5JY
Chrysalis at Tynedale
Creative activities for people with dementia.
Art classes for people with dementia at a club based in Hexham.
Chrysalis at Tynedale Springhouse Cottage, Slaley, Hexam NE47 0AW
Contact: Norman Alm email@example.com
tel: 01382 3855996
Computer interaction conversation aid. Also ‘Living in the Moment’ offering touchscreen games
School of Computing,
University of Dundee,
Coffee, Cake and Culture
Coffee, Cake and Culture was a monthly programme of fully supported museum visits for people with dementia and their family members or care partner in supported housing or care homes. 17 residents, 10 care staff and 1 relative from two residential care communities attended with up to 8 residents and 5 care staff consistently attending the majority or all sessions.
The aim of the programme is to provide a stimulating informal learning environment where residents and carers share their visit, experiences and memories. Specially trained Museum staff guide visitors around the exhibitions highlighting collections and objects to engage with during an interactive programme in the galleries, the exhibition visit is followed by coffee and cake with an opportunity for conversation.
The project ‘Live and Learn’ has been running for 3 years and is based in North Liverpool. It is primarily drama based but includes music and movement options. The project has developed a toolkit that is free to download Collective Encounters toolkit
The Toolkit contains basic drama, creative writing, music and movement exercises. They have been designed to be run by carers whom may not necessarily have any arts experience. Also available on our website is our Evidence Review of the Benefits of Arts in Dementia Care:
And our report on bringing professional arts practice into care settings:
Contact: Sarah Thornton Tel: 0151 345 6266
Audio material on line
1-27 Bridport Street,
Independent dance artist who specialises in Dance and Somatic Movement Education. The practitioner is based in the South Lakes but travels to North Yorkshire and Lancashire to deliver the sessions.
The project has been running for 2 years. Two sessions are held per week that last approximately 1.5 hours. About 20 people who are living with a dementia and their carers take part.
Although dance is the focus sometimes painting, drawing, making and reflective practice are also used, especially in one to one sessions.
An arts centre with a varied programme ofcreative workshops for those experiencing mental distress.
Based in South East London, in Walworth, workshops focus on visual arts, batik, digital arts, video, poetry and performing arts.
Tel: 020 7701 2696
Third Floor, 224-236 Walworth Road
London, SE17 1JE
Courtyard Centre for the Arts
The first arts venue nationally to join the Dementia Action Alliance.
All front of house staff have received dementia awareness training, and the centre is expanding its work providing participatory arts projects for people with dementia, and provide training for professionals working in arts, health and social care.This includes ‘In the Pink’, a poetry project. They also work with local Alzheimer’s Society offices and visit care homes.
Tel: 01432 340555
The Courtyard, Edgar Street, Hereford, HR4 9JR
This is a multi stranded project, that had a defined time period (from July 2013 – May 2014). It involves ceramics, dance, singing, painting / drawing, collage and the environmental arts. Workshops generally take place on a fortnightly basis (36 workshops were held in total) and include 1 day for training artists and 1 day for training care and leisure staff and volunteers. On-line resources for arts and dementia are being created. Between 1 and 25 people living with a dementia participate.
The project offers people living with dementia, carers, staff, volunteers and creative practitioners the opportunity to explore the use of the arts in a dementia setting through training, hands on workshops and resource building. Funded by Aberdeenshire Council, Alzheimer Scotland and the Change Fund. Events took place in community centres, resource centres, care homes and sheltered housing.
This is a continuous scheme of work that comprises a variety of different projects using cross art forms.
Ongoing programmes of work considering the role that creativity and creative engagement plays in the ageing process. The project uses a number of different interactions to demonstrate and investigate how this kind of engagement remains essential as we grow older and has the possibility to fundamentally improve people’s experiences of older age.
Creative Dementia Arts Network
Promotes participation in creative arts for people with dementia to improve health and wellbeing.
Creative Dementia Arts Network promotes participation in music, singing, theatre, drama, dance, visual arts, and crafts for people with dementia. It provides artists, arts organisations and educators with information and resources for their work, and facilitates sharing best practice.
Tel: 07801 509993
53 Oakthorpe Road
Dancing Recall: Making Connections
This project takes place in 6 locations in Cumbria, including: Kendal, Barrow, Carlisle, Penrith, Keswick and Whitehaven.
This is a community dance and movement project that is based on a model combining neurophysiotherapy and dance. Song is also used – offering a mix of music from different eras and genres. The groups also make use of ribbons, saris, egg shakers and other sensory stimuli.
The project began in October 2013 and ends in April 2014 with classes continuing in each locality. The sessions include tea and biscuits for 30 minutes which is followed by an hour of movement. Sessions have been taking place weekly in 8 week blocks. The number of people living with a dementia who attend varies between 15 and 30 (depending on area) caregivers also attend. No particular group of people are targeted, all those living with a dementia and their carers are welcome.
Tel: 020 8780 5217
Arts and Dementia Network
Equal Arts is a registered charity which aims to improve older people’s access to the arts, and help combat isolation. The Arts and Dementia Network has been developed in response to a recent groundswell of interest and activity, to champion the role of the arts in dementia care and support artists and health and social care professionals working in the field. Activities may include dance, movement, singing, craft etc. Equal Arts works with an average of 250 people living with a dementia in over 15 sessions per week.
The website has links to lots of resources and publications.
Tel: 0191 477 5775
Arts & Dementia Network
Festival in a Box
The project runs from July 2013 to April 2014 and includes multiple arts activities such as: ceramics, photography, music, story-telling and poetry. There are 6 people living with a dementia who have had 3 weekly visits to their homes. The people living with a dementia who participated were socially isolated and had been contacted via the ‘dementia befriending service’ offered by Age UK Camden.
Participants are visited by the Bloomsbury ‘Festival in a Box’: a mobile version of the Bloomsbury Festival. The results of these visits are being analysed by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, as part of the AHRC’s ‘Cultural Value Project’.
Contact: Iris Wagstaffe
Tel: 01629 733849
Furness Music Centre
This group has been running for 12 years and is a community music making group that concentrates on Orchestral and Choral Music. The group meets once a week and is open to all, 2 people living with a dementia attend. The members with a dementia are actively supported by the group so that they are able to continue to participate for as long as possible.
In one recent instance the Furness Music group became part of a support system for a person living with a dementia and arranged for a musical assistant to help this older man follow rehearsals. This individual continued to play with the group until he was 92 years old and even when his dementia meant that he was no longer able to live alone.
Green Candle Dance Company
Green Candle is a dance company providing dance to those with least access to it, in educational and community settings. The company works with older people, including those with dementia. It specialises in leading movement workshops for people with both early and later stage dementia, particularly in economically deprived parts of London.
The Remember to Dance in the community project started in September 2013 and will run for 2 years. The project uses live music and dance on a weekly basis (in 10 week blocks) with approximately 20 people living with a dementia and their carers. Remember to Dance is for people with early stage dementia. The project will chart the impact of regular dance sessions on people living with a dementia. It is delivered in collaboration with East London NHS Foundation Trust and the Alzheimer’s Society, Tower Hamlets and evaluated by researchers from the Sidney de Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health at Christchurch University, Canterbury.
A parallel project is also taking place Remember to Dance in Hospital. This began in September 2013 and will run for one year. Sessions meet on a twice weekly basis in ten week blocks. Approximately 10 people living with a dementia participate, including staff and family members. People are assessed over 8 week periods, so total number for year will be 50 – 60. This is a project for people with more advanced dementia who are part of a 6 week dementia assessment process on the Columbia Ward at Mile End Hospital. A programme to chart the impact of regular sessions of dance on people living with dementia. Delivered in collaboration with East London NHS Foundation Trust and the Alzheimer’s Society, Tower Hamlets and evaluated by researchers from the Sidney de Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health at Christchurch University, Canterbury.
Having a Ball is live music and dance project that will commence in May 2014. It will run at Silk Court for 36 weeks over one year and sessions will be held weekly in 12 week blocks. Up to 15 people living with a dementia will participate. The project is for residents with cognitive and physical disabilities who as a rule do not access many activities.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7739 7722
Oxford House, Derbyshire Street, Bethnal Green, London E2 6HG
Hearts and Minds
Tel: 0131 270 6051
Contact: Magdalena Schamberger
Elderflowers Project — interactive humour in hospital settings
DVD for sale
The Canon Mill,
Hoot Creative Arts
Hoot’s Breathing Space project offers creative activities to people living dementia and their carer or support worker. The project offers music, movement and visual arts and has been running successfully at their base in Huddersfield for over 3 years and 6 months. Hoot are in the process of starting up in North Kirklees too. Breathing Space uses the arts to stimulate and engage, prolong relationship and intellectual functioning and contain and share memories.
One 2 hour session takes place in every area on a weekly basis and approximately 10 people living with the early stages of a dementia attend with their carer (a partner or support worker).
Participants take part in creative activities designed to be easily accessible. The sessions are aimed at promoting wellbeing and supporting positive relationships.
In Mind at the RA
This project has been running for approximately 3 years. The monthly sessions focus on conversations inspired by artworks from the RA permanent collection. About 15 people living with a dementia attend, there is capacity for a total of 24 participants (including carers and companions). The sessions are primarily targeted at people who are experiencing early to mid-stages of the illness.
People with a dementia are invited to come with their friends, family or carer to engage in a conversation around works from the RA collection. The group is split between two rooms and each group looks at one work. The work is discussed amongst the group and multi sensory objects are used to further explore particular elements of the works. Occasionally there is a creative part to the sessions where works are looked at and then responded to by creating.
Innovations in Dementia
Contact: Steve Milton
Tel: 01392 420076
DVDs made with people with dementia Guide on filmmaking to download DVDs to view on line
PO Box 616,
‘Meeting beyond words’ – this is a training course for those working with people with dementia.
The training course explores movement as a medium for communication and interaction with people with significant memory challenges or verbal communication difficulties.
Ladder to the Moon
Uses theatre to provide community and wellbeing programmes, as well as workforce and organisational development.
Ladder to the Moon train staff in care settings to engage with residents in new and creative ways. This can help to minimise challenging behaviour, provide high quality person-centred care, and contribute to staff’s Continuing Professional Development.
Tel: 0207 794 2593
Ladder to the Moon, Branch Hill House, London, NW3 7LS
Contact: Sara Cocker (Storybox Coordinator)
Library Theatre Company
70 Oxford Street
A group of artists working with people with dementia in Bristol.
A charity with around 30 artists running monthly drop-in sessions for people with dementia, organised by Alzheimer’s Society Bristol office.
Tel: 0117 924 7806
13 Effingham Road
Bristol BS6 5BH
This is a project that uses the spoken and written word and applied drama with people living with a dementia. The spoken and written word are used to aid communication and wellbeing. Living Words are based in London and the South East.
Residencies are spread over 10 – 13 weeks and take place over 1.5 to 2 days per week working one to one during 9 weeks. Following this, staff workshops and project and books embedding goes over 1-4 weeks. However, each residency is different but has five stages: one to ones with residents, one to ones with staff, book completion and staff workshops, staff projects that embed Living Words Word books. Finally, the residencies include celebration, certificates and spoken word. In addition, Living Words lead workshops in the community – these vary in time and length.
The project has worked with people living with the late stages of a dementia who are confined to their beds as well as people in ‘early’ and ‘mid’ stages of the illness. The numbers of people living with a dementia who participate varies according to the size of the residency. A typical residency has between 18 and 25 people living with a dementia participating.
Living Words has been working in art centres, care homes, nursing homes, day centres, libraries, hospitals and theatres since 2007.
Concerts with professional musicians at care homes and day centres.
A charity which aims to improves wellbeing and self esteem of people with dementia by organising interactive musical sessions across South Yorkshire, North Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Coventry, London and Cardiff.
Helena: 01709 811161
The Wesley Centre, Blyth Road, Maltby, South Yorkshire S66 8JD
Provides intergenerational arts projects.
Brings young and older people together in shared creative activity, at schools, museums, older people’s clubs, care homes and community organisations. This includes Songlines, a musical project in Tower Hamlets.
Tel: 020 3222 6064
18 Victoria Park Square
London, E2 9PF
Manchester Library Theatre Company
Creative storytelling workshops for people ith dementia.
Storybox sessions are delivered in day centres, sheltered accommodation and hospital day units with professional facilitators. Each session is designed around a different theme, and includes fun sensory experiences making up stories and playing games. This is a multi arts project although the focus is on drama, theatre and storytelling. However, music, poetry and visual art are incorporated where appropriate.
The project has been fully funded for 3 years from January 2012 – December 2014. There are approximately 12 people with a dementia in each group. The groups participates for 2 hours on a weekly basis for 10 weeks. 30 groups will have participated over the course of the three year project. The aim of the work is to use creativity to increase the wellbeing of those living with a dementia and to engage staff with new approaches to care.
Tel: 0161 200 1536
Library Theatre Company
70 Oxford Street
Merseyside Dance Initiative
A dance group for people living with dementia in Liverpool, Knowsley andSefton.
Dance and movement sessions offered in conjunction with Alzheimer’s Society and Liverpool PCT.
Tel: +44 151 708 8810
24 Hope Street, Liverpool L1 9BX
Movement and Dance
These are 2 projects that use movement/dance/improvisation and choreography/voice with objects as sensory and cognitive stimuli to develop personal narratives. An integrated group of dancers has been created who meet weekly to share movement. A film has been made about this work: Film
Project 1 ran from September – December 2013 and involved approximately 7 people living with a dementia and their carers and 7 dancers who do not have a dementia.
Project 2 is ongoing (from January 2014-January 2015) and involves between 1-3 people living with a dementia. This group is held in the Department of Medicine for the Elderly (Addenbrookes, Cambridge).
Music for Life
Workshops for people with dementia by professional musicians.
A partnership between Dementia UK and Wigmore Hall. Professional musicians use improvisation to draw out the potential of people with dementia for self expression and communication, especially for those in advanced stages.
Tel: 020 7697 4160
Resource for London
356 Holloway Road
New Writing North
‘What about me’ dementia and creative writing project based in Newcastle.
The project aimed to encourage self-expression of people with dementia, and for writers to meet with scientists with expertise in dementia. It contributed to a larger piece of research into ageing carried out by Newcastle University.
Tel: 0191 204 8850New Writing NorthPO Box 1277
Newcastle upon Tyne
Oxford Concert Party
This is an organisation that has been running since 1992 and holds sessions nationwide. Music and interactive activities are used to engage and encourage people living with a dementia to join in, to prompt their memories, value their lives and to break down barriers. Sessions can be one off events or in a series that run for 6 weeks or longer. Music is the primary participative art but projects are also run using drama, writing, visual arts, textiles and other cross-arts activities.
Pallant House Gallery
Art gallery in Chicester.
Offers guided tours for people with early/moderate stage dementia, followed by an optional workshop. Carers welcome.
Tel: +44 (0)1243 774557
Pallant House Gallery
9 North Pallant
Pictures to Share
Contact: Helen Bate firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: 01829 770 024
Books specially designed for people with dementiaThere is a catalogue available, and short DVDs can be viewed on lineA user guide can also be downloaded
Pioneer Projects - OWN NOW
Contact: Philippa Troutman
Tel: 015242 62672
Part of a larger provision; the dementia project is called ‘Own Now’and has been ongoing since November 2011.
Own Now includes personalised art-making groups for people living with dementia and their caregivers. 4 sessions are facilitated weekly including ‘making art’ and ‘looking at’ sessions in cultural venues once a month, there are also ‘music and movement’ sessions in residential care settings. The half-day sessions offer stimulating activities which are sociable, fun, safe, and full of care. Approximately 50 people living with a dementia participate.
Looking Well Studios,
Pontio is a site for performing arts and creative productions at the University of Bangor.
Pontio will be focussing on arts and dementia, and in particular a Welsh poetry project. Writers will receive training on how to lead activities for people with dementia at Bangor University’s Dementia Services Development Centre.
Tel: 01248 382828
Bangor University, Ffordd Y Coleg / College Road, Bangor, LL57 2DG
Prism Arts: Developing Dementia Friendly Services at Tullie House
This project is based on using the Tullie House collection to stimulate conversation for people living with a dementia. People living with a dementia and their carers are invited to explore the Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery in sessions led by professional artists. The project is a research and development one to explore how Tullie House engages with this group of people.
The project is short-term and is running between February and March 2014.There are two groups of participants (approximately 6 people with a dementia and their carers), each group meets on a weekly basis for 7 weeks.
Further information can be found here: Prism Arts
Reminiscence & Creativity
This is an art project that has been running for 8 months, it a rolling programme of 6 week courses with different themes from painting to music and including outdoor photography. Paints, clay, pencils are used or whatever medium the individual would like to use and explore. Sessions run on a Wednesday morning every week. Approximately 8 people with a dementia take part.
The group is targeted at younger people living with a dementia. Younger people with dementia come together in a social setting to create art in a relaxed environment. Over the year, work will be compiled and exhibited in a larger exhibition that pulls together all of the various art /creative sessions we have run.
Frames of Mind – participants with dementia produce digital portraits.
Frames of Mind uses Stop Frame Animation as a communication and therapeutic tool. People with dementia can animate personal objects to produce a unique digital portrait.
Tel: +44 (0)208 519 0143
The Studio, 44 Forest Lane, E15 1HA London, UK
Sandwell Third Age Arts
Contact: Sharon Baker email@example.com
Variety of artforms offered to individuals and groups
DVD of a project ‘Fountain’s Jolly Inn’ can be viewed on line
DVD ‘Art for the Person’s Sake’ available on request
Phone: 0121 500 1259
9th Floor West Plaza,
144 High Street,
Tel: 01726 222900
Sing For Your Life
Contact: Adrian Bawtree firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: 01303 298546
Groups held in West Kent
Shepway Business Centre,
Shearway Business Park,
Singing for the Brain
Singing for the Brain is a service provided by Alzheimer’sSociety which uses singing as a way for people with dementia and their carers to express themselves and socialise. Even when many memories are hard to retrieve, music is especially easy to recall.
South Yorkshire Creative Arts Exhibition
An exhibition showcasing art by people with dementia, organised in conjunction with University of Sheffield.
The 2013 exhibition was themed ‘friendship’, and showcased a variety of paintings, collages, photography and poetry which portrayed the importance of friendship when dealing with dementia.
Spare Tyre: Once Upon a Time
Although Spare Tyre is based in London, the project Once Upon a Time (developed in 2010) takes place across the UK in the form of week long residencies in care homes. Approximately 6-10 residencies are delivered per year. Workshops are delivered to 6 people living with a dementia at a time. Staff training is also offered (to 6-10 members of staff at a time).
People living with an advanced form of dementia are the focus of these groups. Once Upon a Time is an interactive storytelling programme for people living with advanced dementia and a training tool for staff who support them. The project uses a creative, multisensory approach and non-verbal communication to deliver person centred activity for clients, and build strong relationships and communication lines between staff and clients.
A short film showing artists working with people living with advanced dementia:
Vicky Tweedie (General Manager)
Creative Carers Side by Side
A registered charity which aims to improve the quality of life of Suffolk’s most vulnerable people through creative activities. Projects for older people include Creative Carers, which trains carers of older people in residential homes and day centres to provide creative activities for their customers, some of whom suffer from dementia. Side by Side is run in partnership with Alzheimer’s Society, Suffolk Family Carers and Time for You. Artist led sessions encourage people with dementia to try a variety of activities including dance, painting, clay work, singing, movement and reminiscence.
Tel: 01986 873955
Units 13 & 14,
Malt Store Annex,
8 New Cut,
Suffolk, IP19 8BY
Tayside Healthcare Arts Trust (THAT)
THAT works with partnership agencies for delivery within the community. Carers and family are included if appropriate. THAT promotes the therapeutic value of arts based programmes for people living with a dementia and other long term conditions. The trust is introducing a model of delivery using the expertise of professional artists.
Projects have been running since 2009. A variety of arts based practices have been used including ceramics, painting, drawing, dance and movement. In 2012-2013 there was a Dancing and Dementia joint celebration event and in 2014 the visual arts, music and performance are being focused on. Approximately 8 – 12 people living with a dementia attend per program. THAT has a programmatic model of delivery: over an 8 week period one 2 hour session is delivered weekly.
The Elderflowers Programme, Hearts & Minds
A programme which uses the performing arts to improve quality of life for people with dementia in hospital care in Scotland.
An immersive programme which offers interactive sessions for older patients referred by healthcare staff. The sessions provide an outlet for the participants’ personality and humour, offering creative, physical and mental stimulation. The Elderflowers are trained to respond to the interests and mood of each individual.
Tel: +44 (0)131 270 6051
Hearts & Minds Ltd.
The Canon Mill
1-3 Canon Street
The House of Memories, The Museum of Liverpool
Practical training for carers in a museum setting.
The House of Memories offers a toolkit to carers, based on the objects, archives and stories at the Museum of Liverpool. This gives carers skills and resources to carry out memory activities with people with dementia. The Museum has also developed memory box and memory walk sessions.
This project uses theatre and performance and will take place between April and October 2014. Weekly sessions will culminate in a two week residency and performance.
Approximately 8-12 people living with a dementia take part in each session although the project is open to all residents at the extra care housing scheme that is collaborating with this work. The aim of the project is to explore the nature of collaborative creative relationships between people living with a dementia and professional artists, and the nature of performance making in this context.
The Reader Organization
Contact: Katie Clark
(Older People’s Project Manager Tel: 0151 2077207)
The Friary Centre,
The project is a collaboration between English Touring Opera, Royal College of Music and Turtle Key Arts that takes place currently at the Royal College of Music. Turtle Song started running in October 2007. There have been 12 main projects and 5 mini Turtle Songs over that time. The main projects have run in London, Wolverhampton, Cambridge, Reading, Suffolk and the minis in Leeds, Stockton, Norwich, Newbury and Oxford.
Sessions involve musical composition, lyric writing, movement and drama. The main projects usually take place over a 10 week period with one session per week.The object is to write approximately one song per session to create a song cycle that is performed to friends and family at the end of the ten week period. All of the ideas and direction for the song cycle come from the participants. Approximately 20 people living with a dementia take part with their carers. A recent project in Reading was targeted at those living with an early onset dementia and the group aim to run more of these specific projects in the future.
Turtle Song is an opportunity for people with dementia to write and compose songs and to perform with professional musicians and composers.
The practical focus of Turtle Song is:
•To enable the participants to write and perform their own song cycle
•To provide people with dementia with artistic and social stimulation
•To encourage a positive quality of life for those with dementia and their carers
•To provide each participant with a CD and DVD documenting the project and the completed song cycle
•To enhance the professional development of the music students and others who take part in the project.
Verd de Gris
Contact: Sharon Marsden or Jeff Turner
11 Garden Terrace,
This is a programme of creative workshops that involve tours of the surrounding parkland and emphasise socialising. The group has been running since January 2012 and approximately 7 sessions occur a year for about 6 people living with a dementia.
Movement to Music started this year in May and involves a 2 hour session once a week for 4-6 people living with a dementia. This involves seated exercise to music, the emphasis is on socialising and fun.
Wakefield Older People’s Services
Arts and Dementia Access Project (ADAPT)
This project introduces art, dance, drama, and music into daily activities in day treatment units for people with dementia in Wakefield. There have been performances of ‘The Land Army Girls’ by the Badapple Theatre Company in which people could participate by singing songs from the 1940s. An artist from Yorkshire Sculpture Park also visited and clients used paint, clay and materials to create mosaic patterns. There are ongoingdementia-friendly tours of Yorkshire Sculpture Park, exploring indoor exhibitions and the outdoor landscape of the park and creative workshops held there.
Contact: Kathryn Gilfoy
Tel: 020 7321 2702
Part of a larger provision; the dementia programme is ‘Resonate’
12 Carlton House Terrace,
Two series of dances workshops have been running since June 2013, both take place once a week for 6 weeks. Approximately 5-8 people living with a dementia take part. The group is targeted at younger people living with a dementia. A group of people come together to dance to music led by an instructor, dance routines are taught and enjoyed.