Thinking about Dementia is our new exhibition showcasing the creativity of people living with dementia.

Thinking about Dementia gives visitors the opportunity to view artworks made and selected by people living with dementia. It helps us consider how art and creativity can benefit people with the condition.

Dementia is a condition characterised by memory loss and other symptoms. These other symptoms can include difficulty in comprehension and speech, difficulty in performing previously routine tasks, and changes in personality and mood. Around 800,000 people have been diagnosed with dementia in the UK. This number is predicted to rise as our ageing population increases.

Part of Thinking about Dementia on display at University of West London

There is growing interest in how art can enhance the health and wellbeing of people with dementia, as well as that of their carers. The Thinking about Dementia exhibition includes artworks produced by participants in the research project Dementia and Imagination, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. These artworks are featured alongside art, selected by University of West London students and staff, carers and people with dementia, from the Paintings in Hospitals collection.

Organised in partnership with the Dementia Care Centre at University of West London, the exhibition is funded by the Alzheimer's Society.

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Header image: Claire Brewster, Native Flowers: Roads of Britain, 2008. Part of the Paintings in Hospitals collection.