Beyond Limits, Crossing Borders

A Residential Event for artists, writers and performers

22-24 April 2016

What are the aims of the residential?
The aim of this residential weekend is to offer participants a rare chance to explore their own creative practice as individuals and also to provide a collaborative and stimulating environment which supports new work.  This is not a narrow event restricted to dementia as a niche interest or to a single art form.  Our aim is to use dementia as a jumping off point, a stimulus, for creative work which we hope will go beyond limits and cross borders.

The hope is that we will also find ways of connecting work to the public in the following months across the UK.

The Space
We are delighted that we have full use of the great space at Void, including three galleries, library and workshop areas. This means we can accommodate the creative requirements of all forms of creative practice. 

Why join up?
We have no ideal number of participants but we will look to keep the numbers small.  It is the right blend of different practices we are really looking for. 

We hope the idea will appeal to artists who perhaps have already engaged with ageing and dementia through their creative work.  But equally we are looking for artists who are simply open to responding to dementia in some way as a creative stimulus for new work; artists who simply want space to reflect and go with the flow.  By artists we mean anyone for whom creative practice is a professional commitment.

Who is involved?
The weekend will be hosted by Mark Butler, Visiting Fellow, and Professor June Andrews from the Dementia Services Development Centre.  We are increasingly looking to support different responses to dementia and have in the last couple of years paid a lot of attention to how age and dementia are framed in artist practice and the media.

We will be joined also by established artists, writers and performers who have helped design the event and who will, during the three days themselves, be involved to offer advice and support where needed to all of us.

Time commitment
We would like people to arrive by lunchtime of Friday 22nd April and we would expect to finish late afternoon on Sunday 24th April 2016.

The whole event is free.  We recognise that Derry/Londonderry may seem a long or awkward trip for some.  Apart from saying the Walled City is absolutely worth it, we are offering practical support on travel.  All accommodation and food are covered as part of our commitment to participants.

Other support will be available especially around materials for the event.

If you are interested please complete the online application. Applications close on 18 March.

If you have any questions please email Lorraine McAuley or telephone 01786 467342