The Imagination Cafe

The Public Programme

After its first two stops in North Wales and London the ground-breaking Imagination Café concluded its 2018 tour in Edinburgh.

The Imagination Café Edinburgh was a pop-up installation at the City Art Centre. The Imagination Cafe toured the UK during 2018, spreading the word about creative approaches to dementia care, and showcased the artwork of people living with dementia

The Imagination Café welcomed the public, offered activities specially designed for those with dementia which included visual art, archive object handling, music, storytelling and drama – devised by Professor Victoria Tischler, Head of Dementia Care Centre at University of West London, and underpinned by research undertaken by Professor Tischler and her colleagues at Bangor, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Manchester Metropolitan Universities

The installation provided training to artists interested in working in dementia care, led by artists who worked on Dementia and Imagination, which ensured that the skills and expertise developed during the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded project were shared widely.

Prue Leith CBE, patron for Nourish by Jane Clarke said: We believe that ‘Being old, confused, or even having difficulty eating, should not mean no more culinary delights. The taste buds still work so let’s make sure they have delicious things to taste.’

Tony Husband, award-winning cartoonist said: ‘Working on the project Winston’s World has been a rich and rewarding experience… hopefully the wonderful carers of people living with dementia will benefit from the book and see they are not alone.’

During 2018, the Imagination Café has been at MOSTYN, Wales, the Menier Gallery London, and the City Art Centre, Edinburgh

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