Gesture and handling: Designing a non-linguistic artbased process for Creative Ageing Opening Spaces project

Dennis, Rea 2020, Gesture and handling: Designing a non-linguistic artbased process for Creative Ageing Opening Spaces project, Journal of Applied Arts & Health, pp. 1-15, doi: 10.1386/jaah_00044_1.

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Title Gesture and handling: Designing a non-linguistic artbased process for Creative Ageing Opening Spaces project
Author(s) Dennis, ReaORCID iD for Dennis, Rea orcid.org/0000-0002-6214-3504
Journal name Journal of Applied Arts & Health
Start page 1
End page 15
Total pages 15
Publisher Intellect
Place of publication Bristol, Eng.
Publication date 2020
ISSN 2040-2457
Keyword(s) gesture and manual tasks
arts and ageing
creative ageing
art-based research
sensory meaning
applied theatre
Summary The relocation to aged care can represent a savage dislocation from the small day-to-day tasks and relationships that accumulate across an individual’s long and well-lived life. Theatre arts offer a wide scope for expressive and therapeutic needs in such contexts. This article examines the value of embodied practices to support non-verbal interactions for older participants. It presents examples of the handbased activities we used and discusses the way these were drawn on to design the art-based methodology for the Creative Ageing Opening Spaces research project in Melbourne, Australia. Participant experiences are discussed and recommendations are made for art-led design processes, which value non-linguistic sensory practices as genuinely meaningful for creating uplifting care opportunities for older people.
Language eng
DOI 10.1386/jaah_00044_1
Indigenous content off
Field of Research 1199 Other Medical and Health Sciences
1905 Visual Arts and Crafts
1999 Other Studies in Creative Arts and Writing
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30143424

Document type: Journal Article
Collections: Faculty of Arts and Education
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