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A new arts and dementia project underway

I’m excited to share a new (brief) arts and dementia project with you that I am working on with fellow artists and colleagues from LJMU. 

The Lost and Found Labyrinth and the performance The Tangled Veil and the Cloud of Unknowing – LOL are being created as part of 2017’s Being Human, a festival of the humanities.

Being Human highlights the ways in which the humanities can inspire and enrich our everyday lives, help us to understand ourselves, our relationships with others, and the challenges we face in a changing world.

This year’s festival takes up the theme of ‘Lost and Found’ and inevitably our (Elaine McNeill, Alex Irving, and I) thoughts came to rest on our work around arts and dementia.

We know that dementia is a challenge for many people affected by the condition, whether it is those living with dementia or their families, friends, and carers; they are all on a dementia journey together.

Sharing our stories and humour can often help us to come to terms with and cope in difficult circumstances. Our activities aim to provide a chance to open up and share and hear the stories of others.

With this as our starting point, we are creating two events – a labyrinth for people to walk and share their memories, and a short performance – that highlight some of the personal stories of people affected by dementia.

The Lost and Found Labyrinth takes place at the Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool on October 27th 10 – 5 pm and is free. The performance is on November 22nd at Laughterhouse Comedy club, Liverpool and tickets will be £5.

Find out more about the project at: http://thelostandfoundlabyrinth.wordpress.com 

The Being Human festival is taking place nationally 17 – 25 November 2017. Being Human is led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Academy.

Find out what else is happening on Twitter: @BeingHumanFest #being Human17

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