A Bird in a Gilded Cage


fortuitous novelties (Seed Pods) 2Fortuitous Novelties have been published online on ixia – art in the public realm. 

Darren Browett is the only named designer in the paper entitled A Bird in a Gilded Cageby Clive Parkinson that is very much of the moment, post Francis Enquiry.

Clive Parkinson is the director of Arts for Health at Manchester Metropolitan University and chair of the National Alliance for Arts, Health and Wellbeing. An advocate for the field, he is also currently engaged in strategic development in the field in Lithuania, Italy and Turkey and is embarking on a 3-year AHRC funded research project exploring the place of the visual arts in creating dementia-friendly communities. He is co-curating an exhibition at Manchester’s Holden Gallery this summer. Mortality: Death and the Imagination will explore the relationship between contemporary visual art and how we live and die. He regularly blogs at:http://artsforhealthmmu.blogspot.co.uk/

In a post-Francis world where institutional neglect and cruelty towards some of our most vulnerable citizens has been exposed, A Bird in a Gilded Cage suggests that the arts might offer something of an antidote to the way we support people affected by memory loss. A gentle polemic that sweetly kicks the ankles of those obsessed with understanding the impact of the arts on human wellbeing through crude pseudo-scientific measurements, placing creativity, culture and the arts at the heart of a conversation about quality of life.

Click here to view the black and white easy read version.

Click here to view the full colour emotive version.

 

From the seed of an idea…

fort novs 2013 blog post bannerNews on developments from the Fortuitous Novelties Seedpods Project.

I have recently been exploring the legacy of the earlier work I developed and critically looking to how it moves forward. Returning to work within the NHS and with the exemplary Occupational Therapists has enabled close collaboration in a more embedded way.

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