The arts can be used to significantly impact on health and social care. At the very heart of our approach is and always has been care and participation. It is essential that we don’t give up on people in later life, that we recognise that they continue to have creative and imaginative ambitions. The Garden brings moments of joy, inspiration and meaningful experiences to participants.

Arti Prashar

“Fresh laundry on the washing line, leaves flutter in the breeze, listen to the birdcall”. Welcome to The Garden.

The Garden, an interactive art installation designed by Spare Tyre is premiering at care homes and a public venue in Aberdeen, as part of Luminate: Scotland’s creative ageing festival this autumn. 

The Garden uses multisensory, non-verbal communication to awaken the imagination of people with dementia. Sound, touch, taste and smell are used as part of our responsive approach, interacting with participants in the moment rather than relying on memory or reminiscence. 

As well as enhancing the wellbeing of people with dementia, the installation is also designed to help skills development for carers in non-verbal communication, improving their ability to connect with the people they care for and bringing creativity into their everyday lives.

As well as touring to care homes in Aberdeen this autumn, The Garden will be installed at a public venue for the first time. Performed at Cults Academy in Aberdeen, we invite people with dementia and their carers as well as members of the public to experience The Garden, as they bring the outdoors inside.

The Garden will be touring during Spring 2015. Please email Spare Tyre or call 020 8692 4446 (ext. 273) for further details.