Co-Creativity and Dementia Development Day

People dancing together

Julian West (Head of Open Academy at the Royal Academy of Music, Co-director Created Out of Mind) and Dr Hannah Zeilig (senior research fellow at the University of the Arts, London, Created Out of Mind) will lead a day for artists who wish to develop their knowledge of dementia and explore the potential for working co-creatively using the arts.

The day will include

  • Current information about how living with dementia might affect people 
  • Consideration of how the culture we live in affects our perceptions of and attitudes towards dementia 
  • Thinking about the ways in which our ideas about creativity are limited by wider cultural narratives, especially in relation to people living with dementia 
  • An introduction to taking a co-creative approach and using the arts to work equally with people living with dementia, drawing on the findings of the With All project.

The day will also include presentations and insights from three visiting artists / academics from Japan, who are currently collaborating with Julian and Hannah on a research project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council entitled The Arts and Dementia: how might the arts contribute to the creation of more inclusive ageing societies? 

  • Dr Herb Fondevilla, Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo 
  • Dr Nahoko Kusaka, Doshisha Women’s College of Liberal Arts, Kyoto 
  • Prof Yoko Hayashi, Founding Director of Arts Alive

Suitable for: 

  • Artists, arts programme managers and producers in any art form 
  • Academics and students 
  • People living with dementia, their families and friends 
  • Care home staff who co-ordinate arts-based activities

Tea and coffee will be provided You are welcome to bring a packed lunch, or purchase lunch at nearby shops and cafés.


  • 9.30 Arrival and registration
  • 10.00 Welcome
  • 10.15 Dementia – how much do we really know?
  • 11.15 Coffee
  • 11.30 The role of the arts for people living with dementia
  • 12.30 Discussion
  • 13.00 Lunch
  • 14.00 Perspectives from Japan
  • 15.00 Co-creativity and improvisation
  • 16.00 Discussion
  • 16.30 End

This event is kindly supported by the British Society of Gerontology.

Free, tickets required.

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