To advance knowledge about the arts, wellbeing and dementia through:
- listening to people with dementia
- gathering tacit knowledge from practitioners
- integrating diverse academic perspectives and theories
- generating outputs intended to inspire a generation of arts practitioners and researchers
- disseminating our work to the wider public
Co-production with artists and people with dementia are fundamental features of the network.
We will organise four, two-day workshops in Nottingham, each focusing on a different art form: music, dance, theatre and visual art.
Each workshop will be organised by two to three network members with some knowledge about the topic, in consultation with the group of people with dementia.
Full participation of people with dementia will be promoted by the appointment of a network co-ordinator with specific responsibility and expertise in this area.
Prior preparation and carefully-structured workshops will help to enable full involvement of people with lived experience.
Dialogue and debate will be fostered throughout the workshops.
Reflection and feedback on the inputs will be captured (with consent) by digitally recording the discussion sessions and having two rapporteurs at all times (one a person with lived experience).
DAWN is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, grant number AH/N00650X/1.