What's happening for Dementia Action Week 2018

In recognition of Dementia Action Week on 21st-27th May 2018, Created out of Mind are leading discussions, workshops, campaigns and interactive exhibits across London, that aim to share the unique, personal experiences and voices of people living with dementias and enrich understanding of this diverse condition.

Ronan Smith from the 'Talking Life podcast series. Photo: Benjamin Gilbert/Wellcome Collection

Ronan Smith from the 'Talking Life podcast series. Photo: Benjamin Gilbert/Wellcome Collection

From 'Reimagining dementia campaigns' workshop at Wellcome Collection, led by Charlie Murhpy. 

From 'Reimagining dementia campaigns' workshop at Wellcome Collection, led by Charlie Murhpy. 

Scroll down to find our more about our plans for in and around Dementia Action Week. 

Share your voice

What does dementia mean to you?

With over 850,000 people estimated to be diagnosed in the UK, we are all in a sense living with dementia. But how much are current representations informed by the diverse and unique experiences of people living with different dementias and their loved ones?

We inviting you share your stories with us on social media using #whatdementiameanstome or by emailing us at info@createdoutofmind.org. Learn more here


Let's talk about dementias: quality of life measures

When? 2-4pm on Thursday 24th May 2018
Where? The Reading Room, Wellcome Collection, London

Meet our resident social scientist Emma Harding to explore the measures used to capture 'quality of life' for people living with dementias and consider how, by working with people affected by a dementia, we might tailor questionnaire measures to focus more on the quality of experience for us all. Learn more here

The Neuronal Disco goes to Southbank Centre!

When? 5pm-7pm on Friday 18th May 2018
Where? The Clore Ballroom, Southbank Centre, London

Learn about the molecular behaviours and patterns of dementia through the power of disco! Join an artist and neurological biochemist as they explain the behaviours and patterns of different dementias at molecular level, all through dance!

Creative Adventures in Dementia: A Life More Ordinary Festival

When? 10am-6pm on Thursday 17th May 2018
Where? The Dukes, Lancaster

Created Out of Mind Director Sebastian Crutch and Co-Director Julian West will be leading panel discussions and musical workshops for 'A Life More Ordinary’ at The Dukes Lancaster, a unique 2-day exploration of how the arts are touching the lives of people with dementia in remarkable ways. 


Creative Matters: Caring for dementia

When? 4th-31st May 2018
Where? Norwich Theatre Royal

Throughout May, Norwich Theatre Royal will be exhibiting Talking Life: An Exhibition as part of their Creative Matters season. This photographic exhibition, developed by Susanna Howard with Wellcome photographers Ben Gilbert and Steven Pocock reveals the diverse experiences of people living with different dementias and challenges people to reconsider their initial assumptions about what dementia looks like. Taken from the Talking Life podcast series. Learn more here

LifeSpace: Trajectories

This ongoing exhibition, ending on 2nd June, explores contemporary art and scientific methods for exploring how perceptions of space influence and direct gestures, balance and movement. Art works by our artists and collaborators Charles Harrison, Charlie Murphy and Studio Senses are being displayed, exploring the exhibition's themes within the context of dementia. Learn more here.

When? Now until Saturday 2nd June 2018
Where? LifeSpace, University of Dundee


Talking Life on Tour

Susanna Howard's 'Talking Life on Tour' phones will join events and venues across London for Dementia Action Week. 'Talking Life on Tour' is an interactive telephone sharing the personal stories and life observations of people living with dementias and their loved ones, taken from our Talking Life podcast series. If you spot one, stop and take a moment to listen and leave a message for us by pressing 99!

Dates are as follows:

21st-27th May: The Reading Room at Wellcome Collection
22nd-23rd May: Alzheimer's Society Annual Conference at The Kia Oval
24th May: Woolwich Centre Library 


'Do I see what you see?' A film about dementia, disconnection and seeing the world differently

How do changes in the brain cause us to see differently? Experience the world through the eyes of people living with Posterior Cortical Atrophy (PCA), a rare form of dementia which affects the visual areas of the brain in our new animated film from Director Simon Ball. 

The film will be screened several times in Norwich Theatre Royal's Stage 2 as part of their Creative Matters season. Excerpts will also be popping up at Wellcome Collection - look out for it! Watch it here.

Book stand

Created Out of Mind have been working with their partner organisations across the dementia and arts space to curate a recommended list of books to get people thinking differently about dementia, arts and the brain. From biographies, handbooks and academic explorations to novels and children's books, some of the choices may surprise you! Available all week at the Wellcome Collection book shop. 


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Small actions can make a big impact for people affected by dementia. For Dementia Action Week, Alzheimer’s Society are asking everyone to unite and take action on dementia. Our action is to support the telling of diverse dementia stories, to enrich public perceptions and empower people living with dementias to share their experiences, create, inspire and feel valued.

Share your own action here and online using #DAW2018.