Case Study
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Magdalena Schamberger

SCHAMBERGER Magdalena
(Image: Kelman Greig)

A multi-year grant of up to £250,000 (Edinburgh)

Magdalena is Artistic Director and CEO of this Scottish arts-in-health charity, which she co-founded in 1997. The company aims to improve the experience of people in hospital, hospice, residential and respite care by using the performing arts to encourage communication, interaction and laughter. Its Clowndoctors work with children, and its Elderflowers use the performing arts to creatively engage with elderly people living with dementia across Scotland.

Magdalena’s grant will allow her to pursue a number of new avenues in the company’s work. Creative research time will enable her to explore the ways that other performance languages can combine to allow a new kind of performance interaction with people with dementia. Further development will test how this might take place in arts or community settings rather than in care home settings, creating an experience that could be shared by those living with dementia and their family members alongside them. Magdalena also wants to develop a new form of training approach to allow artists and creative practitioners to understand more about the experience of living with dementia and to elicit different kinds of creative responses. She will work with various partners throughout this process, within the arts, health and academic sectors, ensuring that the impact of the company’s work is understood within the framework of health and care policy evaluation research at present.

 An Elderflower with a resident at Braeside House in Edinburgh 2013 (Image courtesy of Royal Blind Braeside House, Edinburgh)

An Elderflower with a resident at Braeside House in Edinburgh 2013 (Image courtesy of Royal Blind Braeside House, Edinburgh)

www.heartsminds.org.uk