The Garden: Installation for people with dementia and their carers
2015 - 2017, UK
The Garden tours to arts venues, community spaces and residential care homes - we are now taking bookings for autumn 2017.
The Garden is our interactive installation and performance for people with dementia and their carers. Bringing the outdoors in, it takes participants on a multisensory journey through the seasons.
During the performance, Spare Tyre artists create a safe space for communication and creative engagement, particularly focusing on methods of non-verbal communication. The Garden is person-centred, responsive to participants and bespoke to an individual’s mode of communication. The project is carefully designed to be appropriate to the physical and psychological needs of participants.
This experience is open to a wide range of audiences, including:
- People with dementia
- Carers supporting people with dementia (paid and unpaid)
- Health professionals
The Garden toured to care homes, hospitals and public venues across Aberdeen as part of Luminate: Scotland's Creative Ageing Festival during Autumn 2015. Here is just some of the fantastic feedback it received:
'Spare Tyre’s non-verbal, sensory approach creates an instant environment where individuals are mindfully welcomed through minimal language, eye contact and touch…These sessions illustrate to care staff how achievable it is to transform an environment with sound, light, touch and smell and how any of these aspects could easily be incorporated in individual and group interactions.' - Margaret Stewart, Creative Learning Team, Aberdeen Council
If you would like to book us to visit your residential care home, arts venue or community space please email Spare Tyre or call 020 8692 4446 (ext. 273).