Ben Uri Arts and Dementia Institute:
Launched in January 2019, Ben Uri Arts and Dementia Institute (BUAD) marks a core commitment to build on the important developments and progress achieved through Ben Uri’s distinctive wellbeing programme over the last decade.
Led by Professor Victoria Tischler; Professor of Arts and Health and Head of Dementia Care at the University of West London, with the support of Arts and Dementia Programme Manager, Emma Hollamby, BUAD is committed to improving the lives of those living with dementia, their carers, and those at risk of developing dementia through social isolation, via high quality art interventions centred on the Ben Uri collection.
The Institute represents a long term commitment to developing fully researched and evaluated, cost-effective, innovative art interventions which are replicable and in the longer term accredited. These best practice art interventions will also draw on the unique attributes of the Ben Uri collection as they are rolled out nationally, bringing the collection to a much wider audience, in turn achieving a greater public benefit.
Three main programmes, outlined below, form BUAD – please read on to find out more.
Please see the Ben Uri Strategy for 2019 here:
Ben Uri 2019 Strategy Press Release (PDF 107Kb)
Ben Uri’s Arts and Dementia Institute programmes:
Creating a body of research to support arts interventions for those living with dementia.
Art in Residence is a research programme seeking to demonstrate the positive impact of arts interventions for those living with dementia, their carers and those at risk of developing dementia through social isolation. Over 16 fully researched sessions of both art discussion and practical art making, BUAD seeks to identify best practice, in order to create a series of replicable, cost effective, impactful sessions for care settings across the country to use.
Art therapy trainees using the Ben Uri collection with community partners.
Starting with Art is a BUAD programme supporting trainee art therapists to carry out long term placements with community partners, using the Ben Uri collection as a stimulus. Students are based on site at care homes and day centres, delivering art therapy for people living with dementia, both in groups and 1:1. Incorporating artworks in art therapy practice is a unique addition to the placement format. This enables BUAD to learn which artworks have significant impacts on a diverse audience, then incorporate this learning into the wider, continuing programme.
Online tutorials, upskilling staff to deliver Ben Uri arts activities cost effectively and sustainably:
A series of art tutorials with accompanying online resources empowering care staff to run art sessions in house, cost effectively and confidently.
A series of ‘how to’ film tutorials with accompanying online resources, based on fully researched and evaluated, proven BUAD art interventions, exploring art discussion and art practice. Offering both practical advice on organising sessions and best practice formats, these tutorials are designed to empower care staff to embed creative practice cost effectively and sustainably.
Ben Uri hosted a sold out panel discussion on ‘Migration and Wellbeing’. Art therapists and artists came together with members of the public, including refugees, to explore the role art can and should play in combating trauma, alongside the responsibilities of galleries and museums, like Ben Uri, to be actively involved and provide accessible platforms.
Listen to edited highlights of the panel discussion below
Tania Kaczynski and Shan Rixon, art therapists from New Art Studio and practising artist Cedoux Kadima were all ‘Migration and Wellbeing’ panel members. The event was chaired by Ed Dickenson, Wellbeing Officer at Ben Uri Gallery.
Find the Wellbeing & Migration recording summary here.
Ben Uri works in partnership with the Netherwood Centre, Kilburn and trainee art therapist Charli Paterson from Roehampton University. We were the subject of a central feature in Jewish Renaissance magazine; read the article here.
Ben Uri has supported a wide range of partners and is always interested in expand its provision. In addition to working with the elderly, we have worked with refugees and asylum seekers through partnering with the New Art Studio and similarly with Resources for Autism.