Created Out of Mind in the news

The latest coverage on Created Out of Mind's research, events and activities. 


Heart N Soul: New Residents at The Wellcome Collection, The Voice

12th July 2018

As Heart n Soul are announced as the new residents of The Hub at Wellcome Collection, this piece also reflects on some of the work we have done as current residents to communicate diverse dementia experiences.


Inside Science, BBC Radio 4

31st May 2018

Science writer and Created Out of Mind collaborator Philip Ball joins guests for BBC Radio 4's Inside Science programme at Hay Festival. Phil talks about our work aiming to communicate the complexities of the dementias and the brain, and what he has learnt from being a member of the team. 

From 'With All' session at The Hub, Wellcome Collection. 

From 'With All' session at The Hub, Wellcome Collection. 

Can music and movement help people with dementia? BBC World Service

24th May 2018

Footage and interviews from our 'With All' project have been turned into a short video exploration of how movement, music and improvisation might benefit people experiencing dementias. 

‘With All’  is a series of workshops where people living with dementias, their partners, artists & researchers can create and communicate together through dance, music and personal histories, in an equal and unstructured environment. 

Taken from BBC footage

Taken from BBC footage

'Exploring dementia through art and science', BBC News

17th May 2018

"There is understandably a focus on what is lost with dementia, but what is retained of the creative mind by those living with the condition is to be cherished".

Fergus Walsh reports on our work exploring how the intersection of science, creative arts and personal experiences can come together to challenge the stigma and enrich public perceptions of dementias. 

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'Blog: Seb Crutch', Big Issue North

14th May 2018

Our Director Sebastian Crutch discusses his motivations and inspirations for working in dementia and the arts and why he's taking part in The Duke Lancaster's A Life More Ordinary festival, a unique 2 day exploration of how the arts are touching the lives of people living with dementia in wonderful and remarkable ways.


'Can we find a cure for dementia', BBC World Service

9th April 2018

Hear about our co-creative 'With all' project in this BBC World Service CrowdScience broadcast (04:51 onwards). Our researchers Hannah Zeilig and Julian West are co-creating workshops with people living with dementias, that explore how we connect & communicate through dance, music and stories.

 Illustration: James Melaugh

 Illustration: James Melaugh

'Why two brains are better than one', The Observer

31st March 2018

Philip Ball discusses his participation in our 'Brains in a dish' project, which responds to research by the Wray Lab at UCL, who are growing brain cells from the skin cells of people with genetic variants of dementia, in order to better understand these conditions. Through growing his own 'mini-brain', Phil is part of work to increase public understanding about the healthy and ageing brain and neurodegenerative diseases.

Photo: Prospect

Photo: Prospect

'Why I’m growing a second brain', Prospect Magazine

16th March 2018

Writer and Created Out of Mind collaborator reflects on the 2nd stage of his growing neurons or 'mini-brain' as part of our Brains in a dish project. This work aims to stimulate curiosity about the healthy and ageing brain, what might happen to it when a dementia occurs and provide insights into cutting-edge dementia research and technologies. 


'Slow Radio: Dementia Voices', BBC Radio 3

17th December 2017

Following our collaboration with BBC Radio 3 as part of their 'Why Music? The Key to Memory' residency at Wellcome Collection, BBC Radio 3 released their new Slow Radio podcast 'Dementia Voices'.

The podcast features soundbites from people experiencing dementias, taken from the Created Out of Mind Talking Life podcast series. Susanna Howard, who led this work, introduced the speakers who shared their personal stories and life observations. 

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Sunday Brunch 10, Monocle Radio

15th October 2017

Monocle Radio 24 interview Created Out of Mind Director Sebastian Crutch about our work shaping perceptions of dementias through music, and conversations with those experiencing the  condition. 

An excerpt from our Talking Life podcast series also featured- an interview with Rukiya Mukadam on the subject of 'Purpose'. 


'Why Music? The Key to Memory' Residency, BBC and Wellcome

13th - 15th October 2017

Created Out of Mind's work on music and dementia featured across a weekend of live performances and discussions produced by BBC Radio 3 in partnership with Wellcome Collection. The Residency which explored the connections between music, memory and the mind, included contributions from a number of Created Out of Mind collaborators, from new choral pieces and panel debates to the voices and experiences of people living with dementias. 


'Can music give people with Alzheimer's a new lease of life?', The Telegraph

12th October 2017

"[People with dementia] are worth working with: htey are human as any of us event if they can;t always articulate the way we do", Professor Paul Camic.

Julia Llewellyn Smith discusses Wigmore Hall's 'Singing with friends' Choir and Created Out of Mind's work with them to enrich understanding of the value of music for people with dementias. 


How music opens the doors of memory and the mind, Wellcome Collection

3rd October 2017

"[Music] offers a way to communicate beyond language, and to sustain creativity, as well as giving insights into how memories themselves are formed".

In advance of Created Out of Mind's live events and broadcasts as part of  BBC Radio 3 residency 'Why Music? The Key to Memory' at Wellcome Collection, our collaborator and writer Philip Ball discusses the power of music for the mind and people living with dementias. 


Art can be a powerful medicine against dementia, The Guardian

16th July 2017

In recognition of the launch of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing (APPGAHW) Creative Health report, Created Out of Mind feature in this piece, highlighting the value of the arts for people living with dementia.

Created Out of Mind contributed to this report, which looks into current practice and research in the arts in health and social care, with a view to making recommendations to improve policy and practice. Download the report here.



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Opening the Mind's Eye, The World of Interiors

10th July 2017

How do physical spaces affect interior spaces? Pick up the August issue to read more about Created Out of Mind researcher Janneke van Leeuwen's work exploring how art and colour can affect the relationship between what we perceive, interpret and communicate, and what this might mean for people living with a dementia.


Conversations in time, Aarhus 2017

June 2017

Created Out of Mind artist and neuropsychologist Janneke Van Leeuwen talks with Andreas Roepstorff about the effect of art on communication & connectivity. Conversations in time is an audiobook and podcast inspired by Suzi Gablik's 'Conversations Before the End of Time', produced for Aarhus 2017.


Our journey so far, Wellcome

10th April 2017

With applications for the next Wellcome Hub Award now open, our Director Seb Crutch talks about how this award brought life to an abstract vision to shape perceptions of dementias and the arts. Read about our journey so far and what's next for Created Out of Mind. 


Forgotten but not gone, Philip Ball, The Guardian

11th March 2017

"The stereotype of an elderly loved one sitting blankly in a care home, unable to speak or recognise relatives, is not all there is to it."

Phil Ball highlights the work of Created Out of Mind to challenge dementia stereotypes and harness the power of the arts for people living with dementias.