The Imagination Café Edinburgh brings creative approach to dementia care

After its first two stops in North Wales and London the ground-breaking Imagination Café continues its 2018 tour in Edinburgh at the City Art Centre on 17-20th September.

The Imagination Café Edinburgh is a pop-up installation at the City Art Centre which will spread the word about creative approaches to dementia care.

The Imagination Café welcomes the public, offering activities specially designed for those with dementia including visual art, music, and storytelling. These include dementia friendly afternoon tea courtesy of Nourish by Jane Clarke, (2-4pm 17, 18 & 19th September) and visual arts displays and activities devised as part of Dementia and Imagination, along with specialist information. The Imagination Café also features excerpts from the book Winston’s World - A Cat’s Eye View of Dementia, copies of which will be on sale at the event for £5.   

Councillor Donald Wilson, Culture and Communities Convener, said; “Edinburgh was declared Scotland’s first dementia-friendly city in 2014, thanks in large part to the amazing work taking place in our communities to better understand and support people with memory loss. It feels like a natural fit to extend these efforts to take in our museums and galleries, which are inviting and inspiring places everyone should have the chance to enjoy.

“The Imagination Café at the City Art Centre will perfectly complement the outreach work of Museums Galleries Edinburgh, which often sees artworks and objects taken out of display cabinets and straight to those people who struggle to visit because they are in hospital or a care home.

“The café concept also follows our recent partnership with the Forget-Me-Not Trust, which is currently designing a permanent, dementia-friendly garden within the beautiful tranquil grounds of Lauriston Castle.ImaginationCafe

“These meaningful projects will go some way towards putting a stop to the stigma around memory loss. If the Imagination Café helps just one person to face dementia with a bit more confidence, support and the knowledge they are not alone, it has been completely worthwhile.”

Professor Tischler said: ‘I was inspired to create The Imagination Café after seeing artwork made by people with dementia as part of the Dementia and Imagination project. The art was not made to be exhibited but some of it is very accomplished and interesting. I thought that if it were framed and exhibited in a pop-up setting, many people may be surprised that someone with dementia could be creative, producing artwork that is complex, intriguing, or even beautiful.’

Prue Leith CBE, patron for Nourish by Jane Clarke said: We believe that ‘Being old, confused, or even having difficulty eating, should not mean no more culinary delights. The taste buds still work so let's make sure they have delicious things to taste.’

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