Using art for public engagement: reflections on the Dementia and Imagination project

Tischler, Victoria ORCID:, Howson-Griffiths, Teri, Hedd-Jones, Catrin and Windle, Gillian (2020) Using art for public engagement: reflections on the Dementia and Imagination project. Arts and Health, 12 (3). pp. 270-277. ISSN 1753-3015

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Creative outputs engage the public and can be used to share research. This paper reports on public engagement activities that were part of the research project Dementia and Imagination (D&I). We found that artwork and creative activities effectively engaged a range of audiences and challenged negative ideas about dementia. For the project team, public engagement developed relationships with collaborators and connected the research to different community settings, influencing future programmes of work. Further work could explore public engagement in diverse settings to assess which approaches are effective in maximising research value and wider community benefit.

Item Type: Article
Identifier: 10.1080/17533015.2019.1608565
Additional Information: Acknowledgments Dementia and Imagination was funded as ‘Dementia and imagination: Connecting communities and developing well-being through socially engaged visual arts practice’, grant ref: AH/K00333X/1, by the AHRC and ESRC as a part of the Cross-Council Connected Communities Programme. ‘The Imagination Café’ was funded by the AHRC, follow-on funding grant ref: AH/R004900/1. Regional and national collaborating partners in Dementia and Imagination: Age Watch, Alzheimer’s Society, the Arts Council of Wales, Denbighshire County Council, Engage Cymru, Derbyshire Community Health Service NHS, Equal Arts, the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Tyne & Wear Archives and Museums and Nottingham Contemporary Ltd. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Arts and Health on 09/05/2019, available online:
Keywords: visual arts; dementia; public engagement; impact
Subjects: Medicine and health > Clinical medicine > Dementia
Arts > Gallery and museum
Depositing User: Victoria Tischler
Date Deposited: 21 May 2019 21:02
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2024 15:59


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