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Art and dementia: Nicci Gerrard and Hannah Zeilig

11 September 2018
1 - 2pm
1 hour


One Day Seminar/Conference

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£12/£8 conc.


Thriller writer Nicci Gerrard talks about how everyday creativity can keep a person connected to the world around them. In conversation with academic Hannah Zeilig, Gerrard discusses how the arts can keep people well, aid recovery and support longer lives, better lived.

Nicci Gerrard’s father, John Gerrard, lived with dementia for many years. As he slowly lost his sense of self, she saw how little acts of everyday creativity like singing or drawing could be transformative. These small acts changed not only his mood, but his engagement with the world and his relationship to those around him. In November 2014, after her father died, Gerrard founded a campaign to help patients living with dementia and she is currently writing a book about the the stages of loss involved in dementia and what the disease teaches us about the self. Listen to more about curing dementia.

Nicci Gerrard is the co-author, with Sean French, of the bestselling Nicci French psychological thrillers. She has also written six novels under her own name, including The Winter House and Missing Persons. She was a journalist for the Observer for many years and still writes for the paper. In 2016 she won the Orwell Prize for Journalism for her work on dementia. Along with Julia Jones, Gerrard founded ‘John’s Campaign’, named after her father, which fights for more compassionate care in hospital for people living with dementia.

Hannah Zeilig is a senior research fellow at the University of the Arts, London and visiting research fellow at the University of East Anglia who has written extensively about the role and value of the arts for people with dementia. She has also worked with an interdisciplinary group – including neuroscientists and musicians at the Wellcome Institute exploring dementia through science and the creative arts. Most recently she has investigated the possibilities of artistic co-creativity with people with dementia.


Royal Academy of Arts

Booking Info

Tuesday 11 September 2018

1 — 2pm

The Benjamin West Lecture Theatre, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts

£12, £8 concessions

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