Event overview

Join us on 24 November 2017 for an exciting day of presentations, discussions and art experiments about how the arts and sciences, working together, can help to understand dementia.

Ongoing and emerging world-class research will highlight some of the advances the arts can make to dementia research and care. The conference is sponsored by the RSPH Special Interest Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing.

Who should attend?

The conference welcomes practitioners from older adult and public health services, artists working with people with dementia or planning to do so, health and social care commissioners and academic researchers.

Conference chair

Professor Paul M Camic Canterbury Christ Church University and Chair, Arts, Health & Wellbeing Special Interest Group, RSPH

Keynote speakers
  • The Right Honourable Lord Alan Howarth of Newport, Co-chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing
  • Professor Sebastian Crutch, Dementia Research Centre, University College London and Director, Created Out of Mind Hub, Wellcome Collection
  • Mr David Cutler, Director, The Baring Foundation

5 CPD points available.

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The programme of keynote addresses, breakout sessions and art experiments will also allow opportunities for informal discussion and networking about issues related to the arts and dementia research and care. 

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  • 09:00 Registration and refreshments
  • 09:40 Welcoming remarks Prof Paul Camic PFRSPH, Canterbury Christ Church University and RSPH liaison to the Arts, Health and Wellbeing APPG
  • 09:45 The RSPH, arts and health Shirley Cramer OBE, Chief Executive, Royal Society for Public Health
  • 10:00 Keynote: Creative Health: The APPG inquiry report Lord Alan Howarth CBE, Co-chair, All-Party on the arts, health and wellbeing Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing
  • 10:45 Keynote: Dementias and the arts: Why understanding the differences between dementias can be useful even if you don’t know (or want to know) someone’s diagnosis Prof Sebastian Crutch, Dementia Research Centre, University College London and Director, Created Out of Mind Hub, Wellcome Collection
  • 11:30 Refreshment break and networking
  • 12:00 Breakout session 1 (3 parallel sessions)
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 Keynote: Remembering Our Future David Cutler, Director, Baring Foundation
  • 14:45 Breakout session 2 (3 parallel sessions)
  • 15:45 Refreshment break and networking
  • 16:15 Panel Discussion: Strategizing the Future All Speakers
  • 17:00 Drinks reception

Breakout sessions

Session 1: 12:00-13:00 (3 parallel sessions)

B1: Art Experiments in the Visual Arts

  • Testing situations: Artistic rumination on diagnostic interaction Charlie Harrison, Created Out of Mind, Wellcome Collection
  • Looking at the bigger picture: Visual art, the social brain and dementia Janneke van Leeuwen1,2, Sebastian Crutch1,2, Aida Suarez Gonzalez1, Jeroen Boomgaard3, Jason Warren1. 1University College London, 2Created Out of Mind, Wellcome Collection; 3Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam

B2: Art Options

  • Flourishing through creative engagement Emily Bradfield, Susan Hogan, David Sheffield and Dawn Forman, University of Derby
  • Can tablet apps replace traditional arts activities for people with dementia? Preliminary results from a hospital-based ethnography Greg Windle, Rosie Perkins, Daisy Fancourt and Aaron Williamon, Royal College of Music
  • Museum object handling for dementia care in hospital settings: A new approach to assessment using video analysis Nuala Morse, University of Manchester, Helen Chatterjee and Linda Thomson, University College London, Zoë Brown, Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums, Wendy Gallagher, Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester
  • B3: Methodological Challenges Karen Gray, TAnDEM Doctoral Training Centre, University of Worcester
    The contribution of the arts-based research to the field of arts and dementia Jayne Lloyd, University of Brighton
    Conceptualising what we mean by ‘wellbeing’ in dementia Paul Camic1,2 and Sarah Strohmaier1. 1Canterbury Christ Church University, 2Created Out of Mind Hub, Wellcome Collection
  • Some methodological implications of complexity thinking for arts and dementia evaluation
Session 2: 14:45-15:45 (3 parallel sessions)

B4: Art Experiments: The arts influencing science: Science influencing the arts

  • Singing with friends: Creating a choir together Hermione Jones, Wigmore Hall and Kathryn Gilfoy, Westminster Arts
  • Choral singing and dementia: Using physiological and psychological measures of stress and wellbeing Philippa Bourne1,3, Sebastian Crutch2,3, Daisy Fancourt2 and Paul Camic1,3, 1Canterbury Christ Church University, 2University College London, 3Created Out of Mind Hub, Wellcome Collection
  • Engaged or exasperated? Interpreting physiological data in dementia research Emma Harding1,3, Mary Pat Sullivan2,3, Sebastian Crutch1,3. 1University College London, 2Nipissing University, Canada, 3Created Out of Mind Hub, Wellcome Collection

B5: Reflections, Disruptions and Effects

  • Dementia in the asylum: Reflections on interdisciplinary exploration of the Wellcome Collection Historical Archives Gill Windle, Bangor University and Created Out of Mind Hub,
  • Wellcome Collection
  • The artists are taking over the care home: Disrupting boundaries in dementia care Victoria Tischler, University of West London
  • Carers create: The effects of a social, arts-centred support network on carers and the people for whom their care Trish Vella-Burrows, Canterbury Christ Church University

B6: Art Experiments in Public Engagement and Co-Creating

  • Disco morphologies: Dancing connections between art and science Selina Wray1 and Charlie Murphy2. 1University College London, 2Created Out of Mind Hub, Wellcome Collection
  • Pleasures, perils and possibilities: An exploration of co-creativity Hannah Zeilig1,3 and Julian West2,3. 1University of the Arts-London, 2Royal Academy of Music, 3Created Out of Mind, Wellcome Collection 


Booking Information
Programme information
  • Registration from 9am.
  • Conference starts at 9.30am and closes at 5pm.
Fees (no VAT payable)
  • RSPH members and SIG members: £125 (early bird £110)

  • Public sector and charities: £140 (early bird £120)

  • Private sector: £160 (early bird £135)

Book before 15 September for early bird rates on all fees.

Cheques must be made payable to RSPH. Please note, places are guaranteed only upon receipt of payment and payments must be received by RSPH 4 weeks prior to the conference.

Cancellation: Substitutions can be made at any time. If notification is received 8 weeks prior to the course, a full refund will be made minus an administration charge of £40. Cancellations received after this time will receive no refund. Please note that notification of cancellation must be made in writing. The organisers reserve the right to change the timings and/or identity of the speakers.

Any places booked by invoice must be paid for before the event. Places are not gaurenteed until payment has been received. 

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