Andrew Newman and Anna Goulding are heading to the Museum of Modern Art in New York this month (April) to showcase their research on how older people’s lives can be improved through engagement with contemporary visual art. They have produced a short film demonstrating a new way of working in art galleries that focuses on creativity. “This is not about reminiscence, it’s about using the imagination to create something new,” said Anna Goulding. “Art can take us out of our normal lives and enable us to change our thinking, which can have a profound influence on how we relate to the world around us.”
Video link: http://Art Gallery Interventions for People with Dementia from Hugh Sherlock on Vimeo.
The New Dynamics of Ageing programme http://www.newdynamics.group.shef.ac.uk/ funded the research project and a follow-on project involved developing informed arts policy and intervention guidance that could have significant implications for museums and galleries.