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Imagine Project 2016

Imagine Project 2016

Viewing Together Project 2012

Viewing Together Project 2012

The Imaginary of the Ocean Deep 2013

The Imaginary of the Ocean Deep 2013

Older People and those with Dementia


Nottingham Contemporary is dedicated to welcoming visitors of all ages. We actively reach out to older people and those with dementia to experience our exhibitions with us and our artists.

Our most recent work in this area is part of a national research programme – the Imagine Project is one of four programmes from across the UK to be awarded funding from Arts Council England and The Baring Foundation’s Arts and Older People in Care fund. This 3-year project uses the arts to enrich the lives of older residents, better involving them in the wider community and supports residents to connect with people of all ages.

At Nottingham Contemporary our Artists worked with Care Home Activity Coordinators here in the gallery to share ways of working that can be used on gallery visits and when delivering activities back in the care homes. The workshops culminated with a visit to the gallery by Care Home residents where they enjoyed a day of art activity, interaction and socialising. See some images of the day and more information here.


In 2014-15 we worked on a £1.2 million national research project, Dementia and Imagination, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council as part of their Connected Communities programme. Our Associate Artists Gillian Brent, Joanna Dacombe and Chris Lewis Jones, along with Artist Lauren Halford, delivered workshops in secure hospital settings in Derbyshire. These workshops took direct influence from the exhibitions in the gallery, using them as a starting point to engage patients and their creativity. An exhibition of the art work created during Dementia & Imagination project was displayed at The Saints Parish Centre, St Mary’s and All Saints Church (the Crooked spire) in Chesterfield from 12th - 14th November 2015. A pdf containing more information about the exhibition can be downloaded at the bottom of this page if you would like to know more.


In 2013 we worked with Nottingham University Hospitals Trust to deliver a series of artist-led workshops for patients with dementia at Queen's Medical Centre. The Imaginary of the Ocean Deep aimed to improve patient experience at the hospital, reaffirm the participants’ sense of identity and provide an opportunity for carers and hospital staff to engage in new experiences together with patients.


In 2012 our project Viewing Together was part of a joint study between Dulwich Picture Gallery, Canterbury Christ Church University and the University of Nottingham Medical School. The project consisted of artist-led workshops here at the gallery and aimed to explore the impact of viewing and making art on people with mild to moderate dementia and their carers.

If you are part of a group, or work with older people, please contact us to find out more by contacting us by Email: or phone: 0115 948 9783