Helix ArCH was part of a pilot project which had been conceived following discussions over about two years which drew on a multi-disciplinary teams different background experiences and knowledge. A research question emerged:
- To what extent and how do people living with dementia in a care home express their authentic voice and demonstrate their citizenship whilst working with an artist?
Our multi-disciplinary team comprised of Dr Simon Woods, Reader in Bioethics, Jordan Baseman an artist with a national and international reputation,Helix Arts (an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation) highly skilled in brokering creative art collaborations between the public, voluntary and private sectors, Dr Dominic Smith, a post-doctoral artist and curator, an experienced qualitative health researcher, Mabel Leng Sim Lie, and Julian C. Hughes, a professor of old-age psychiatry with expertise in philosophy and ethics.
The film “La, la, la, la” which was made with residents from Earsdon Grange Care Home. It was presented locally, nationally and internationally along with the project’s research findings.
The study was published in the journal Ageing and Society in 2021.