Contributor biographies and presentations

Professor Andrew Newman is Professor of Cultural Gerontology at Newcastle University

Andrew has undertaken a number of research projects that have explored the ways that cultural engagement can improve the wellbeing of older people, including those with dementia. These projects include Dementia and Imagination, Interaction, Dementia and Engagement in the Arts, The role of creative interventions in fostering connectivity and resilience in older people, and Contemporary visual art and identity construction — wellbeing amongst older people.

The Dementia and Imagination project demonstrated how visual arts activities improved the lives of older people with dementia. This could be understood in terms of supporting and developing their resilience, communication, connectivity and life narratives.

Learn more about the Dementia and Imagination project.

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Julie Turner, Age Scotland

Julie joined Age Scotland’s dementia team in October 2017 and has been delivering a range of Early Stage Dementia Training courses to a broad range of groups and organisations.  She has worked in partnership with Luminate on delivering dementia awareness for artists and for the dementia-inclusive choirs network. Julie’s career over the past 20 years has been in the public and charitable sector with a focus on learning and training.

She has worked in the charitable sector for the past eleven years, working for Poppyscotland in the Welfare Services team, as the Service Co-ordinator for the Dumfries and Galloway Hard of Hearing Group where she developed and designed Deaf Awareness training and for a befriending project. Julie was also a secondary school teacher for several years.

Training has always been an integral part of her work. Julie is passionate about raising awareness about dementia and what we all can do to support people to live well with dementia.

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Meg Faragher, Communities Learning Coordinator, National Galleries of Scotland

Meg is part of the Learning & Engagement team at the National Galleries of Scotland where she is responsible for developing programmes that support people with additional support needs and people who may experience isolation or exclusion, to explore their national art collection and connect with their own creativity.

The National Galleries of Scotland cares for, develops, researches and displays the national collection of Scottish and international art and, with a lively and innovative programme of activities, exhibitions, education and publications, aims to engage, inform and inspire the broadest possible public.

Learn more about the National Gallery of Scotland’s and events for visitors with specific access needs, including their dementia-friendly workshops

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Dawn Irvine, Learning and Participation Coordinator (Dementia Friendly Projects) The Festival Theatre, Edinburgh,

Dawn is the Learning and Participation Coordinator focusing on dementia friendly projects at Capital Theatres

Dawn’s interest in Capital Theatre’s ground-breaking work in creating a dementia friendly community stems from her love of the arts, her personal and work experience of people living with dementia and from writing an in-depth case study on creating enabling and sustainable dementia friendly environments as part of her MA in arts, festival an cultural management.

She has many years expertise of connecting and coaching through ballroom dance, having been a former World Champion and choreographing for creative ageing groups in varying settings from care home and day service settings, NHS hospital and occupational therapy units to mainstream community and dance school classes.

She is passionate in her belief and research findings as to the positive contribution dance and in particular partner dancing can make on the cognitive slowing of diagnosis for those at risk of dementia.

Learn more about Capital Theatres dementia friendly projects.

Anne Marie Quinn, Dolphin Project Coordinator, An Talla Solais, Ullapool

Anne Marie is an artist and artist educator. She uses a range of processes, including observational drawing, painting, print, collage and textiles to create work which draws on personal experience. Her great love, both in her own work and her engagement practice, is to combine the visual arts and language and create imagery which layers and juxtaposes a variety of contexts and references. She is currently coordinating, developing and delivering An Talla Solais’s Dolphin Arts Project, a creative engagement programme for older people, carers and people living with dementia based in Ullapool.

Learn more about the Dolphin Arts Project.

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