The Living Room

We want to change the way dementia is perceived in the UK.  We want to spearhead a new way of talking about and experiencing dementia and drive a seismic shift in the UK’s behavioural and cultural understating of dementia.  We want to do this through engaging those living with dementia in the arts.  We believe that through art and creativity we can show that life with dementia can be a meaningful and enjoyable life.

The impact of being diagnosed with dementia can be devastating for both the person with it and their families. Almost immediate feelings of fear, anxiety, worry lead to increased stress, a sense of being lost, loneliness and shame.  A person can feel inadequate, of no value and this in turn can lead to low self esteem and depression.  This coupled with the social exclusion that so often goes hand in hand with a diagnosis, and having to face the stigmas associated with it, means dementia can be a lonely place for both the person and their family as their world starts to shrink.
 
It’s time we found a new way of engaging with people with dementia and sharing it with the wider society.  That’s exactly what our project aims to do.
 
We want to design and build a mobile workshop space specifically created and equipped to offer this group of people the chance to work creatively with artists to explore and capture thoughts, experiences and memories. Importantly, we want to create positive moments for people with dementia and their families.  Through an artistic process we will aim to reenergise, engage, stimulate, collaborate, socialise, be a source of happiness and enjoyment for those living with dementia.  We want them to feel valued, part of something bigger - we want their world to grow.

The client’s brief was to design a new-build house on the site of a former garage in West London. The narrow site is only five metres wide, while almost forty metres long and is located between a series of terraced gardens on one side and a row of sixteen garages on the other.

Project Information

Client: Spud

Sector: Public & Arts

Location: TBC

Date: July 2019

Project Information

Client: This is the Client

Sector: Residential

Location: West London

Date: 4 February 2019

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