Some of you attended the networking event where Claire Ford presented her reflections and learning from time spent in the US as part of her Churchill Travelling Fellowship. I’m pleased that Claire has agreed to come to share some of her more recent work around the arts and dementia and her iPad engage project. I expect to announce a date for this evening session over the next couple of weeks. For now, and to whet your appetite, here is a small film that has been produced by my colleagues at the International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies at Newcastle University. Although this doesn’t explore Claire’s work using digital technology, it is refreshing and informative and is a very English piece of work when seen alongside the Meet Me at MoMA film - a kind of Mike Leigh and James Cameron comparison perhaps, but do watch them both. They are equally splendid and impacting on the lives of people who could be so disenfranchised from wider society and specifically, from culture and the arts.
An alternative India Report
Santosh sabse bada dharm loi!!!
The presentation at the North West Arts for Health Network meeting will reflect upon the ‘senses’ and ‘impressions’ of cultural values in India. Sarah Lawton studied for five months at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad and undertook a number of personally driven research projects for her MA in Textiles at Manchester School of Art. Engaged in a curriculum, which included the International Open Elective, ‘thrive after fifty five’, she enquired into the cultural differences regarding ageing in Gujarat for people living at different economic levels, in an emerging economy.