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Art & Dementia: Neuroplasticity & Contemporary Art

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Friday, March 29, 2019 - 12:00 to 12:20

“It’s waking up something that maybe went to sleep…I have never been artistic but it inspires you to do something new.”–– Artful participant 

The Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) received a grant in 2015 from the Vincent Fairfax Foundation that led to the development of Artful - a three year research program for people living with dementia and their care partners. Working with the Brain and Mind Centre (University of Sydney) the study looked at this question: Can a creative art program enhance wellbeing and markers of neuroplasticity in people living with dementia? 

Professor Sharon Naismith and her team at the Brain and Mind Centre conducted approximately 50 pre- and post-interviews with Artful participants across the 3 years. Along with the support of Dementia Australia, this innovative program has aimed to make a difference to the participants by creating new connections and experiences through creative engagement with contemporary art; and to contribute to new research in the art and health realm. 

The Artful research report contextualises the MCA’s unique approaches to deepening engagement and meaningful participation with contemporary art. The presentation will highlight the outcomes of this program and the research illustrating the impact creative engagement and participatory art making can have on the life of someone with dementia and their support networks. Alongside the oral presentation, a MCA artist educator led workshop will be offered that demonstrates an Artful session, giving attendees an opportunity to experience the hands on art-making component of the program. 

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Phone: 1300 336 488 

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