Autumn update from the Dementia and Imagination study

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End of project conference announcement and more…!


As 2016 draws towards its end, the Dementia and Imagination team would like to invite you to join us on the 31st January 2017 at the Wellcome Trust, London, for our end of project conference.

 Join us for this celebration of the end of the project, with members from the research team including artists, partner organisations, and researchers, sharing some of the projects many activities form the past 3 years, as well as preliminary findings from the research.

Spaces are limited, so we recommend reserving a place as soon as possible. To register your interest please contact Iona Strom at:

(01248) 383050.

 Also in our newsletter, we’ve included some brief updates on recent events for the team which we hope you will enjoy reading about.

 We look forward to meeting with you in London!


The D & I team

#Dementiafutures: continuing our year of activity for Utopia 2016 festival

Following on from our involvement at the Utopia Fair in Somerset House and our workshops earlier in the year, the Dementia and Imagination team once again ventured to the Green Man festival. Our installation saw a return of cartoon couple Doris & Ivor, as research artist Carol Hanson created a three dimensional living room at the festival, inviting people into Doris and Ivor’s home.



Left: the finished installation ready to welcome visitors. The cushions feature prints of art work made by participants from the research.

820 people came and spoke with the team about art and dementia during the festival, with lots of positive feedback on creating interactive installations like this one to open up conversations on the topic. 130 people also left a post-it with a favourite memory that they wanted to share with Doris and Ivor.



Right: By the end of the weekend the wall was filled with 130 post-it’s containing memories people would like to share, collected by Carol.

Since the Green Man Festival which should have marked the close of our Utopian activity, it has continued beyond it’s original scope. Three meetings across North Wales in October for the North Wales Dementia Network Meetings, saw artist Lisa Carter utilise a free drawing activity to allow for conversation to take place around gestural mark-making onto paper using black ink.

From the drawings, postcard shapes were cut out and participants wrote on the back of them, responding to what they would like to see in a dementia friendly future. The postcards have now been sent to local schools for children to colour in the cards. Once completed, they will then feature in an installation at a conference for the Network on January 27th in Bangor. (See page 3 for more on the Network meetings).

A short book has been made sharing the activities some of the team’s activities from the Utopia 2016 festival with a pdf version has been shared on the website on the activities and events page:

Artist Lisa and researcher Teri Howson will also be part of a special Utopia conference held by Connected Communities at the British Library on 7th December, where they will share some of the activities to date at the event.

Arts and Dementia represented at the 26th Alzheimer's Europe Conference

Numerous presentations saw Dementia and Imagination well represented alongside other North Wales research projects from the Dementia Services Development Centre, Wales, at the 26th annual Alzheimer’s Europe conference in Copenhagen, between the 31st October and 2nd November.

Preliminary results from the research were shared with a poster on the observation measure by Dr Catrin Hedd Jones, a presentation on the Social Return on Investment analysis presented by Dr Carys Jones, and preliminary findings from some of the qualitative responses collated from people living with dementia by Dr Teri Howson.

Above: Team North Wales!

From left to right:

Professor Bob Woods, Head of the Dementia Services Development Centre, Wales; Laura O’Philbin, PhD candidate researching digital life story books for people affected by dementia; Chris Roberts, dementia champion and member of the Alzheimer’s Europe People Living With Dementia Working Group; Dr Katherine Algar, researcher evaluating the cARTrefu arts in care homes programme; Jayne Goodrick, dementia champion and campaigner, Dr Catrin Hedd Jones, Dementia and Imagination researcher; Dr Teri Howson, Dementia and Imagination researcher, Dr Carys Jones, researcher in the Centre for Health  Economics, Bangor University; Bob Friedrich, PhD candidate researching spirituality and dementia.

North Wales Dementia Network: second meeting round up

The second of a series of network events were held in October across North Wales, with over 70 people taking part in 3 event in Llangefni, Mochdre, and Shotton.

Each event had a different speaker sharing about dementia research taking place in North Wales, followed by a creative discussion session led by artist Lisa Carter.

The network is open to people living with dementia, care and support workers, artists, and academics who are currently supporting people to live well with dementia in North Wales.

A conference will be held on the 27th January 2017 to share the success of the Network so far and will include a panel of speakers who are all people living with dementia.

For more details contact Dr Jennifer Roberts:


Left and below: creativity and discussion in action. Postcards made by the group will be shared with schoolchildren and shown at the January conference.


A comic turn for Doris & Ivor



Left and below: By day and by night – Carol’s installation at the Kendal International Comic Book festival featuring Doris and Ivor.


Cartoon couple Doris and Ivor have been on the road again in their vintage Daf 44 car, as they took to an international stage as part of the Kendal International Comic Art Festival, 14th – 16th October.

Research artist Carol Hanson created a new installation for the festival, which in previous year’s has attracted more than 14’000 visitors to the town, hoping to raise awareness of the research to a new audience.

The installation featured moving animation of the couple in the front windscreen of the car, as well as a second screen adjacent to the vehicle.

A brief clip of the animation in action was included in a BBC Arts short film of the festival which was widely shared through the festival's Twitter page.


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The Dementia and Imagination research is jointly funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Economic and Social Research Council under the Connected Communities programme. 

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