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Profiles in Paint: An exploration

Artist Charlie Harrison and Prof Sebastian Crutch explore the 'Profiles in Paint' canvases in greater depth.

Artist Charlie Harrison and Prof Sebastian Crutch explore the Profiles in Paint canvases in greater depth.

They discuss the extent to which it’s possible to read into the paintings and as well as assumptions that you could wrongfully make about what the artistic output of a person living with dementia might look like.

The discussion covers:

  • How even professionals working in the dementia field can make common assumptions about dementia.

  • How people living with a dementia can find ways around continuing their artistic practice despite difficulties caused by their diagnosis.

  • How we should not think there being a right or wrong ways to create art.

Were you surprised by any of the canvases, and did they challenge any of your own instincts or assumptions? Please share your comments – hearing about other people’s interpretations is often a highly eye-opening experience.

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