empowering people living with dementia and their communities through the arts



An artist residency at Humanitas Deventer, Holland
Funded by Arts Council International Development 
September 2018

Humanitas Deventer is a care home where students live for free to support the older residents. It is world-renowned for it’s unique, intergenerational approach to supporting older people & its implentation of innovative environmental design to suit the older generations.

“Hello Neighbour!” is a collaborative art project between Ellie & her neighbour Joke, over the period of 3 weeks in September 2018. Each day, the pair chose a theme & documented their days with this constraint in mind: for example, the colour “blue”, “light” & “texture”. The project sensitively depicts the unfolding relationship between Ellie & Joke, as well as the wider community of Humanitas & the surrounding area.

“Hello Neighbour” has resulted in a collection of 21 photo-based books of A5 size, with smaller A6 books inside of them containing further documentation with various media: including pressed flowers, maps, paintings & texture rubbings.

The books were exhibited at Enys Gardens, Penryn, Cornwall as part of Cultivator’s Exhbition “So you think you know where you’re going?” in November 2018. They have also been published by Atlantic Press Books & were launched at Falmouth Universty’s CHAOS forum in March.

Yankia holding up her ‘favourite object’,
a photograph of her late son 

Student Mark of the Adelbold project,
picking flowers for his neighbour