Tuesday, 17. December 2019, University of Derby, Dementia & Imagination: Art as Inspiration, Artists as Researchers

from 17. December 2019 - 12:30 till 14:00

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The University of Derby's Arts-based Research in Dementia (ARD) cluster invite you to attend another exciting seminar in their series of arts-based and creative approaches to dementia care.
'Dementia & Imagination: Art as Inspiration, Artists as Researchers' with Dr Clive Parkinson, Director of Arts for Health at Manchester Metropolitan University.
Between 2014 and 2017 Clive was a co-investigator on the Dementia & Imagination Project a large-scale mixed methods research project, undertaken across three geographical areas of the UK. This study contributes new evidence to the field of healthy, active ageing and memory loss through its longitudinal investigation of the effects of a visual art programme on people living with dementia.
The establishment of arts and health as a field of inquiry has seen a growing interest in the arts in dementia care, providing opportunities for social participation and improving quality of life. As the numbers of people worldwide living with dementia are predicted to increase, opportunities to enrich quality of life through creative activities are of international relevance when only limited medical treatments are currently available.
Clive Parkinson will share some of the methodology and findings from this research project, and will discuss the place of artists at the heart of the process in terms of being facilitators and as researchers in their own right. His presentation will draw on the project handbook, Dementia & Imagination: Research Informed Approaches to Visual Arts Interventions and will be an exploration of human assets and potential.

Dr Clive Parkinson is the Director of Arts for Health and convenor of the nascent Manchester Institute for Arts, Health & Social Change at Manchester Met and is a member of the Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance. He was made a Reader in Arts, Health and Social Justice in 2016. He has been closely involved with arts and health developments in the UK, Europe and Australia and he has been central to strategic developments and practical activity in this field. He recently compiled The Manchester Declaration, a statement of principles to drive the arts and health agenda across Greater Manchester over the next five years.
He has worked with the ground breaking Portraits of Recovery to reframe thinking about substance misuse from a cultural perspective and in 2014 wrote the Recoverist Manifesto after working collectively with people affected by substance misuse across Europe. Between 2014 and 2017 he collaborated with Australian artist Vic McEwan culminating in the award winning The Harmonic Oscillator and his book, Critical Care. In 2017 he was a commissioned artist at The Big Anxiety Festival delivering a new body of work under the banner dis/ordered which explored the contested area of mental difference and which was performed at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney 



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