Community Based Arts with People with Dementia
I am a mixed media artist, and a carer to a mum who has dementia. My work principally looks at the use of colour and texture and creative reminiscence. I am interested in stories and how we can use creative activities as a way to express and share these stories. I have been running a range of workshops and online courses that look at the role of the carer and how we can use creativity in our everyday lives.
I have collaborated with a day care centre specialising in dementia care. The work has been proving invaluable as it has demonstrates the impact that creativity, colour and massage therapy can have on health conditions. Subsequently, the work produced has been featured in a conference on arts and health within the Health Service - looking at the impact of art on health care. I delivered a presentation on 'Dementia Care - connecting through arts' at the National Patient Environment and the Arts Conference in London, and I am a member of the Colour Research for European Advanced Technology Employment (CREATE) and took part in their colour research training in France and Norway.
I am currently working on developing creative resources that can be used either by those working in the health service, carers and wider groups of people, and I run an Arts and Health NHS Network providing information on activities, links, and resources for those who are interested in making connections.
Arts and Health Network - http://www.networks.nhs.uk/nhs-networks/arts-in-healthcare
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