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Seminars and Conferences

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The University of Worcester offers excellent facilities all year round.

Coming Up:

***Booking deadline 7th September***       

Thursday 21st September 2017 from 09:30 to 16:00

Malvern Theatres, Malvern, Worcestershire

This year, we will be thinking about how we make sense of what actually goes on when an artist works with people with dementia and how researchers, arts practitioners, care staff and those directly affected by dementia can use this knowledge. This event will be of interest to anyone with an interest in the potential of the arts to enrich and support the lives and care of people affected by dementia.


Confirmed keynote speakers:

Geoff Wong (Nuffield Department of Primary Health Care Sciences, University of Oxford), an expert on the use of realist approaches to make sense of complex health and social interventions.

Marijke Haeften-van-Dijk (VU Medical Centre University, Amsterdam) and Marieka Westra (Veder Theatre), who will talk about and demonstrate the Veder Method, which combines theatre and care to improve communication between people living with dementia and their caregivers.

Confirmed practitioner-led breakout sessions:

Kate Duncan and Claire Ford will demonstrate the Armchair Gallery, which inspires the viewing, appreciation and production of artworks through a series of workshops led by professional artists, using digital technology.

Diane Amans, experienced dance practitioner and artist mentor will explore ways in which dance is used with people with dementia and talk about her work in mentoring artists as part of the Courtyard Theatre’s Making of Me programme.

Susan Langford of intergenerational arts specialists Magic Me Arts, will reflect on the delivery and outcomes of their innovative Artists Residencies in Care Homes projects.

Rachael Savage gives an insight into the work of Vamos Theatre, sharing the learning behind the international touring show about living with dementia, Finding Joy. and the development of the company’s person-centred health and social care training.

You can see the conference programme here.       

This event has been designed to enable all those involved in arts and dementia to come together, to connect and to share their experience and to learn from that of others. There will be opportunities for this during the day.

How to book

Fee: £60* (free for people living with dementia and their accompanying carers)

* The delegate rate is subsidised as a result of a generous conference allocation within the TAnDem Doctoral Training Centre grant from Alzheimer's Society.

The event was very popular in 2016 and early booking is advised as places are limited.

Please email if you have any questions or need any further information.

About TAnDem

The TAnDem Doctoral Training Centre is a partnership between the Universities of Worcester and Nottingham, funded by the Alzheimer’s Society. Eight doctoral students are working within TAnDem, researching a variety of topics related to the arts and dementia. The students will be planning and chairing the day and there will be an opportunity to meet them and to find out more about their research.

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