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Art and Science of Dementia

The Art and Science of Dementia – Wed 26 October 2016, 6.30pm, Citylabs, Manchester

Join scientists and creatives to explore how art, science and the general public can help support those living with dementia. Take an up-close and personal look at how social connectivity and artistic expression can improve wellbeing and care.

Hear from:

Dr Chris Pickford from the Institute for Dementia at the University of Salford, who is working with wearable technology that monitors people’s activity. This will help caregivers monitor changes in activity and find out more about how people who are living with dementia are doing.

Dr Ashley Burgoyne, the scientist behind the #HookedOnMusic game, a citizen science experiment that explored musical memory, long term memory and failing memory, which could contribute to future Alzheimer’s disease research. He will be talking about what #HookedOnMusic has discovered so far and the next steps for the game. www.hookedonmusic.org.uk

Sally Ferris, the founder of Together Dementia Support, a social enterprise that offers more support and activities for people living with dementia. Sally passionately believes that people with dementia benefit enormously from stimulating, therapeutic activities and opportunities to belong to groups where they are valued and their abilities recognised. She will be joined by a choir whose members are living with dementia and they will perform at the beginning of the event.

Louise Coulthard, the writer of Cockamamy, a new play based on her experience of dementia which was performed to sell-out audiences in London as part of the Camden Fringe.

The conversation will be facilitated by Dr Marieke Navin, project lead for the #HookedOnMusic experiment.

Tickets free, but booking required

Electric Art – Call for Artists – Manchester Science Festival 2015


Are you or do you know an artist who can help realise a visual art work?

Manchester Science Festival 2015, in Partnership with Electricity North West, and the University of Salford, Manchester.

This £5,000 commission seeks to help realise a visual art work, developed through the theme of ‘electricity’ for exhibition during the Manchester Science Festival (October 22 – November 1, 2015). The final work will create public debate around the role of electricity in our lives and may engage. We are keen to hear from artists working across genres from digital and mixed media to craft and performance. Thematic areas may include attention to the future of electricity, forms of sculptural lighting, smart grid design, laser and alternative fuel sources.

Deadline for Proposals: Monday 8 June 2015, 12.00pm

Find out full details here: