The potential of painting: unlocking Disenfranchised Grief for people living with dementia

Liggett, Susan and Jones, Megan (2018) The potential of painting: unlocking Disenfranchised Grief for people living with dementia. In: European Association for Health Information and Libraries (EAHIL), 9-13 July 2018, Cardiff, UK..

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As part of the “Creative Well” programme at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHN) North Wales, artist/researchers Megan Wyatt and Susan Liggett qualitatively investigated how painting can access a means of communication for people living with Dementia. In a workshop setting within a gallery environment at Ruthin Crafts Centre, participants living with dementia were facilitated on a one to one basis the opportunity to paint alongside the artist/researchers. The participants were from a wellestablished art group called “Lost in Art” that is managed by Denbighshire Arts Service. During the workshops, a number of experiences were articulated. These included experiences of illness, crisis and loss. They were captured through observations, interviews, visual art and video to contribute to new understandings and models of engagement through art for people living with dementia and their carers. Focusing on theory and practice in arts based research and the social sciences, this paper investigates the potential of painting to unlock experiences such as disenfranchised grief for people living with dementia. The conclusions do not measure how and if participants felt disenfranchised grief but rather provide an alternative to augment the body of knowledge surrounding how people living with dementia can communicate feelings of disenfranchised grief through painting. Objective: In this presentation I aim to outline the main findings from the above paper that is to be published in an academic journal later in the year on Illness Crisis and Loss published by Sage.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Other)
Divisions: Creative Arts
Depositing User: Hayley Dennis
Date Deposited: 01 Aug 2018 10:46
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2018 10:46

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