<em>Dave</em>, pastel on paper, 2018

Art & Dementia: The Paradox of Vulnerability

Date Time: 
Thursday, 31 January 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Join us for the inspiring presentation, Art & Dementia: The Paradox of Vulnerability, featuring guest speakers Dr. Mark Gilbert and Hannah Minzloff. Through their stories, research, and visual imagery, Mark and Hannah will illuminate the profound impact of the arts on those living with dementia and their care givers.

The presentation will be followed by light refreshments and the viewing of the mosaic collaborative mural, Seaside Memories, created by participants of Artful Afternoon, a program at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia for those living with dementia and their partner in care.

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Presentation Statements:

Dr. Mark Gilbert “Artistic images of dementia have the potential to communicate a greater understanding about dementia and the people who live with it. This presentation describes how the visual arts have in the past and continue to inform, communicate and nourish the experience of people living with dementia. As a researcher and artist Dr. Gilbert will reflect upon the challenges, rewards and learning he experienced working on arts-based research projects in hospitals and curating an exhibition of end of life drawings carried out by his father of his late mother who had been diagnosed with Alzheimers Disease. He will also present his current research collaboration with geriatrician, Dr. Kenneth Rockwood and his participating patients and their partners in Care who attend the Memory Clinical at Veterans Memorial Hospital, here in Halifax.”

Hannah Minzloff “The onset of his dementia has brought a dramatic change to the relationship I have with my father. The film, Dementia, Dad and Me follows the two of us as we find new ways both to connect and to navigate the delicate transition of our roles from father–daughter to caregiver and cared for.” As part of her presentation Hannah will show a segment of the documentary.

Speaker Bios:

Dr. Mark GilbertDr. Mark Gilbert is Research Associate with the Medical Humanities program at Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, Canada, where he explores the relationship between the arts, humanities and medicine and their application in medical education. As an artist, teacher and researcher, he has worked on a number of high profile art-based research projects using portraiture to illuminate patient and caregiver experience of illness, recovery and care. These studies include Saving Faces The Royal London Hospital and Portraits of Careat the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). The resultant artworks were exhibited widely in venues across Europe and the US, including the National Portrait Gallery, London. In 2014, he was awarded his Ph.D at UNMC. His research focused on the interdisciplinary field of Art and Medicine and recognized that non-discursive methods (e.g. pictures, music, dance, poetry, etc.) can be forms of research. He is currently collaborating with geriatrician, Dr. Kenneth Rockwood on an arts based research study exploring the relationships and interactions of patients and their partners in care attending the Memory Clinic at Veterans Memorial Hospital, Halifax.

Hannah Minzloff with her father RanierHannah Minzloff is a photographer and filmmaker living and working in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. She is a dynamic, highly regarded community leader, was short-listed for the Mayors Award of Distinction in Contemporary Art and has received Creation and Presentation grants from Arts Nova Scotia. Her works have been exhibited locally and nationally, have been purchased by the Halifax Regional Municipality and the Art Bank of Nova Scotia, and are in private collections around the globe.


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