ISBN: 978-1-906172-45-9

Art and dementia in the UK South Asian Diaspora

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Lynch E, Spare Tyre

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Baring Foundation

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A research report by Spare Tyre, a participatory theatre company into why the UK South Asian diaspora has not engaged as significantly as some other communities with arts and dementia, despite growing evidence for and awareness of the benefits.
The research focused on:
Is stigma attached to dementia within the South Asian communities?
Can Spare Tyre use their multi-art form artistic practice to dismantle this stigma
by offering creative workshops and engaging artistic experiences for people living with dementias, their families and carers?
How culturally specific does an arts project need to be for an ageing South Asian population to take part?

There is growing awareness of the intrinsic and therapeutic value of artistic work for people living with dementia and provision for them by arts organisations has expanded. However, this has not reached the South Asian communities spoken to in this research in any significant way.

Performances of Spare Tyre’s dementia-inclusive show, The Garden, in selected South Asian care homes were successful as managers saw the show’s positive impact on residents and relatives.

Spare Tyre is a leading participatory theatre company producing multisensory, accessible and inclusive work. For 25 years they have created theatre for, with and by older people aged 60 plus and for eight years they have focused projects on people living with dementias. Their interactive and non-verbal flagship show The Garden targets audiences at the later stages of dementia and has been highly acclaimed across the UK.

Evidence Type: Qualitative Research

Main Focus: Community Development

Research Purpose: Outcome Evaluation

Context: Community

Participant Group: Older Adults

Art Forms: Multi-Arts

Access Type: Free Download

APA Citation:

Lynch,E., Spare Tyre (2019). Art and dementia in the UK South Asian Diaspora. UK:Baring Foundation.