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In search of the right words

  • The Forum, Wellcome Collection 183 Euston Road London, NW1 2BE UK (map)
In search of the right words © 2017 Charlie Murphy

In search of the right words © 2017 Charlie Murphy

We invite you to interrogate the language and metaphors that we associate with dementia. Consider how personal experiences might transform artistic, scientific and public understanding through an evening of discussion, film, poetry and visual art.

Dementia is often referred to in catastrophic terms such as ‘a plague’, ‘a tsunami’ or ‘an epidemic’. On the other hand, we have ‘dementia friends’, ‘dementia-friendly communities’ and ‘dementia champions’. With 850,000 people currently living with dementia in the UK, do we need more nuanced ways of talking and thinking about an issue that affects us all?


Join people living with a dementia - Tracey Shorthouse, Rukiya Mukadam and Wayne Eaton - together with Created Out of Mind collaborators:

  • Susanna Howard, writer, researcher and actor
  • Charlie Murphy, artist, maker and researcher
  • Hannah Zeilig, arts and social gerontology researcher

Susanna Howard will reflect on a decade of working in the field of language and dementia through poetry, recordings and her new short film ‘Shutnell’.

Charlie Murphy will discuss some of the work she is developing with glass, typography and photography in response to scientific and personal insights.

Hannah Zeilig will question what we mean when we talk about dementia culturally, politically and individually. 

This event is FREE. Tickets are available here.

Earlier Event: July 14
The Art of Gesture
Later Event: October 11
Dimensions of dementias