Leaders in culture, health and wellbeing came to Sadler's Wells to address the A4D Best Practice Seminar. This flagship event presented evidence of the neurological and psychological effects of artistic stimulation on the brain in early dementia, consolidated A4D's landmark Reawakening the Mind evaluation.
Chaired by Gillian Wolfe CBE (A4D Trustee and Director of Learning and Public Affairs at Dulwich Picture Gallery), speakers and contributors included:
- Baroness Greengross OBE, Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia
- Harry Cayton OBE (A4D Patron) Chief Executive, Professional Standards Authority, "Play On! How Arts Continue to Transform Lives"
- Dr Julia Stewart Clark, Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist, "The Neuroscience of Music and Dance in Early-Stage Dementia"
- Professor Paul M. Camic FRSPH (A4D Adviser), Professor of Psychology and Public Health, Canterbury Christ Church University "The Psychological Efficacy of Arts Interventions for Early-Stage Dementia"
- Dr Camilla Clark, Clinical Research Fellow, Dementia Research Centre, University of London "From Mozart to Molecules: Musical Probes of Brain Function in Frontotemporal Dementia"
- Veronica Franklin Gould, Chief Executive, Arts 4 Dementia, "Reawakening the Mind"
- Alison Cook, Director of External Affairs, Alzheimer’s Society
- Professor Dawn Brooker, Director, University of Worcester Association for Dementia Studies, chair of Q&A
Jane Hackett, Director of Learning at Sadler's Wells arranged a special performance by the Company of Elders; and in the afternoon arts debates arts workshop leaders shared specific practice for visual art chaired by Professor Camic (Dulwich Picture Gallery, the Royal Academy of Arts, The Lightbox, Woking and Pallant House, Chichester), dance chaired by Jane Hackett (Rambert, English National Ballet, Chaturangan), music, chaired by Julian West, head of the Royal Academy of Music's Open Academy (Glyndebourne, City of London Sinfonia, Turtle Song and Elisabeth von Leliwa of Dusseldorf) and drama chaired by Pam Schweitzer, founder of the Reminiscence movement (Seta White, Chichester Festival Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and Turtle Key Arts). Sir Richard Eyre's filmed message is encouraging theatres and drama colleges to provide workshops for early-stage dementia.