The Wellcome Trust, a global charity devoted to improving health, is creating a two year programme of activity exploring the effects of dementia.
The Hub at Wellcome Collection will house a gallery for two years that will explore dementia and the arts with input from scientists, artists, clinicians, public health experts and broadcasters.
The group, which has been awarded £1m of funding, will examine and challenge perceptions of dementia through scientific and creative experimentation.
The inspiration for the project comes directly from the intriguing experiences, heart-rending questions and puzzling uncertainties of people living with dementia, according the The Wellcome Trust.
Common conceptions of dementia will be challenged through integrated artistic and scientific investigation of less recognised symptoms associated with typical and rare dementias.
The team hope to enrich understanding about dementia by raising provocative questions about the healthy brain, our emotional reactions to change in ourselves and others, and the attributes by which we value and define humanity.
The Hub space at Wellcome Collection’s London headquarters will will provide a base for the group to perform rigorous, creative research and to stage scientific and artistic experiments, data-gathering and public events.
Sebastian Crutch, project director, said: “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to bring together people from so many different disciplines and backgrounds to engage in a practical and authentic piece of interdisciplinary research. This project was spurred by hundreds of conversations with people living with different forms of dementia, and it is only by developing, deepening and broadening those conversations that we can achieve our goal of delivering novel toolkits, methodologies and ways of thinking to enable us to better understand and use the arts in dementia.”