Developing the Creative Dementia Arts Network

The Creative Dementia Arts Network (CDAN) has been developed in response to the need for a knowledge and practice hub for everyone involved in arts and dementia. Consultation carried out with delegates attending our first national Arts and Dementia conference in 2010 showed:

  • Artists and musicians, arts organisations, galleries and museums, voluntary organisations were involving people with dementia in the creative arts on a large scale BUT there were gaps in information about where and what was happening
  • Arts programmes were often funded by the National Lottery or a charitable foundation or local funds
  • Some were commissioned by care providers such as nursing homes
  • Nevertheless commissioners did not know to a large extent ‘what was out there’  
  • Artists told us that they find it hard make links with others working in the field and
  • Artists and arts organisations said it was hard to find information about funding
  • Staff working for galleries, museums and theatres wanted to know more about dementia
  • People with dementia and their carers wanted to know what was happening locally that they could do
  • Research and evaluation were last on the list – usually not funded and those involved in running creative arts for dementia said that they needed training and skills