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The Launch of Created Out of Mind: Shaping Perceptions of Dementias

Katie Konyn

in News

We are pleased to announce the launch of Created Out of Mind, an interdisciplinary team aiming to explore, challenge and shape perceptions of dementias through science and the creative arts.

  • Starting with people with dementias, Created out of Mind is a Wellcome-funded team of scientists, visual artists, musicians, broadcasters, clinicians and carers, led by Professor Sebastian Crutch from the Dementia Research Centre at UCL. They will explore what dementia means to us all, challenge common misconceptions, and unlock what we can learn about art, consciousness and the brain from the experiences of people with dementia.

    The inspiration behind their unique vision came from people with dementias and the team’s hundreds of conversations with them. From intriguing experiences and perspectives to puzzling uncertainties, they realised how varied and individual each experience with dementia is. And that developing and deepening those conversations would be key to enriching the experiences of people living with dementias, as well as greater understanding about dementia, the arts and the brain.

    Through two research themes: People and Perceptions and In the Moment, the team seek to empower dementia voices, inform new perceptions and representations, and develop tools and methodologies to capture the impact of the arts for dementias.

    Launched in October 2016, and working over a period of 22 months, Created out of Mind are the second residents of The Hub – a unique space at the Wellcome Collection in London – aiming to explore the intersection of health, medicine and the arts.

    To find out more, we welcome you to visit the Created Out of Mind website.