Project information

London Arts Programme 2019

Work with London arts organisations to pilot programmes for people affected by early-stage dementia and their companions to provide a shared joyful and stimulating experience. The programmes are co-funded with the host organisation to ensure they also have a stake and may sustain the work.

January 2019 - December 2019

Charity information: Arts 4 Dementia

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  • Need


    Creative skills can remain vibrant for years after the onset of dementia. It is now well known that engaging in artistic activity is a highly effective non-pharmacological way to reawaken and re-stimulate cognitive ability. More that that, it offers inspiration and a sense of purpose and joy for those facing the shock of a recent diagnosis. But while arts provision is available in care homes, there is little quality provision for those in the community - and what there is is hard to find.


    We provide inspirational arts opportunities for people affected by early-stage dementia, we work with arts organisations to create their own continuing programmes and we train arts workshop leaders to understand early-stage dementia and to deliver their own person-centred programmes .

    We also enable people looking for stimulation to find arts opportunities via the unique national listings on the A4D website.

    This project represents our core London arts activities during 2018.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Deliver inspirational programmes for people with early-stage dementia with London arts organisations


    » Deliver a range of co-funded arts programmes across art forms with London arts organisations and fantastic facilitators in inspirational settings

    What success will look like

    1. From the workshops themselves and the feedback from participants.

    Aim 2

    Empower arts organisations nationwide to deliver quality arts workshop programmes for dementia


    » Deliver Early-Stage Dementia Awareness Training for Arts Facilitators at 6 London arts venues so they can deliver effective, inspirational workshops

    What success will look like

    From the trainings, the number of trainees and the feedback from trainees both regarding the training and about subsequent workshops they deliver

  • Impact


    Help to transform the quality of life for many families in London and beyond affected by dementia, so that while they may HAVE dementia, they don't need to suffer with it. We aim to encourage people to live well with dementia, and to live better for longer at home.


    1. Failure to enrol arts organisations. We have a track record of working with a wide range of arts organisations across art forms.

    2. Failure to recruit participants. It's a sad irony that while workshop participants love the workshops, enrolment is a challenge - a prime symptom of Alzheimer's is apathy. We work with the Alzheimer's Society and other agencies to recruit champions for our work to encourage their patients or clients through their enthusiasm.


    We produce newsletters and an end of year report, detailing outputs and outcomes.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £57,500

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      Amount Heading Description
      £28,500 Arts workshops Holding 5 arts workshop programmes for PWD and their companions
      £24,000 Training for Arts Facilitators Arranging, delivering and recruiting for 6 training days
      £5,000 Signposting Updating the A4D website and listing arts opportunities for PWD

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    City Bridge Trust £25,000 Conditional
    Headley Trust £15,000 Conditional
    Mercers Company £10,000 Conditional
  • Background


    Arts venues across London boroughs and across art forms, such as museums, art galleries, theatres, dance studios and heritage sites. We aim to reach a diverse range of communities and participants across London and introduce this work to major institutions and smaller venues.

    Partners in the last year include Barbican Centre, Foundling Museum, Garden Museum, London Transport Museum, National Gallery, National Poetry Library (Southbank Centre), Park Theatre and Angel Community Canal Boat.


    People with early-stage dementia and their carers. Also the facilitators and volunteers, all of whom we train. In addition to those benefiting directly from the workshops, the 600-plus facilitators we have trained to date and the new ones we will train will between them deliver workshops and events during the year to around 12,000 people with dementia and their carers.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have a track record and reputation for delivering outstanding arts workshops, leaving a legacy of trained workshop leaders who continue programmes after our pilots.

    Our publications Reawakening the Mind, Music Reawakening & Reawakening Integrated show the effectiveness of our programmes.

    The arts programmes and training we provide are widely acknowledged as excellent. 12,000 people with dementia and carers will benefit during the year from events delivered by facilitators we have trained.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Nigel Franklin

    Chief Executive, overall management of the project, arranging partnerships, recruitment efforts, engaging arts organisations.

    Imelda Dooley Hunter

    Charity Co-ordinator, leading on fundraising and outreach.

    Volunteers (Unnamed)

    For each workshop programme, we will have 1 or 2 A4D trained volunteers to assist the facilitator, to observe and to obtain feedback for evaluation

    Rosalie Bower

    Charity Adminstrator, looking after day-to-day administration and project managing the London Arts Workshop Programme.


will pay for one person with dementia and their companion to attend one London workshop.

It’s exhilarating, the opportunity to do all this again, I thought it was lost.

Participant in painting and drawing workshop at Estorick Collection of Italian Art