16th - 21st August 2016 We engAGE aims to inspire creativity through iPads using various digital apps. It is directly focussed around individuals living with Dementia, with the purpose of improving engagement and digital confidence.
We engAGE was set up in 2011 in the UK, after founder Claire Ford wanted to bring back her learning and experiences taken from her Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship. She completed her fellowship across the USA, working with leading practitioners from across the Arts and Dementia fields.
We engAGE has delivered Pilot Projects in a variety of care environments, developing a sound model of best practice, which the We engAGE Collective of Artists now work to.
Four Artists (Claire Ford, Louise Rea, Lesley-Anne Rose and Sarah-Jane Scott) currently work on the project in the North East of England and all come from a variety of art backgrounds, ranging from Photography, Animation, Visual Arts and Film. Another four artists are also working as a creative collective, delivering this project in Nottingham, England.
With numbers of people living with Dementia, set to double in the next decade, it is essential that we begin educating, supporting and connecting our communities to provide a safe and stimulating environment. The We engAGE project aspires to promote the Arts as a tool to do this, using iPad technology.
This exhibition brings together personal stories of how the Arts have made a paramount change to people living with Dementia and our recent outcomes from the We engAGE intergenerational project. The We engAGE Intergenerational Project has recently exhibited at The Customs House in South Shields, North East England. This exhibition highlights the importance of the five senses to someone living with Dementia and how the iPad can be an essential tool into creating a new imaginative, creative space. We engAGE aims to connect communities, develop conversations and general knowledge around the Arts and Dementia.’