VR & Live Streaming Arts for Brain Health, Tuesday 8 November, 12-2 pm GMT

The uplifting power of engaging with arts activity, participating, using virtual reality to enjoy superb performances or explore museums and heritage venues nurtures a sense of awe, resilience and wellbeing.

Weekly access to the arts has a vital impact on people’s brain health and wellbeing. In care homes, access to the arts through digital media, live streaming, whether painting, singing, acting, dancing  or watching the most exquisite quality operas or masterpieces of fine and decorative arts in opera houses and other magnificent venues they can no longer visit, live streamed performances, interactive arts workshops, virtual reality bring it to them, inspires them to unlock their creative instincts, helps them to stay lucid and to communicate with their loved ones. Entering a magnificent heritage venue, introduced by the owner must be magical from a care home.

Sir Muir Gray, Director of the Optimal Ageing Programme at The University of Oxford, chairs this innovative, international debate in Virtual Reality and live arts streaming for care homes. The lived experience of VR in dementia and the science and the need are discussed and the use of VR and live-streaming is demonstrated in terms of nature by The Eden Project, Kunle Adewale of Nigeria, live-streamed musical performances by the LSO and Live Music Now, dance by Scottish Ballet and Indian dance by Bisakha Sarker and the Armchair Gallery app offers heritage visiting virtual experience.


12 pm Veronica Franklin Gould, President, Arts 4 Dementia introduction.

Martin Robertson, living with Post Cortical Atrophy, shares his VR experiences.

CHAIR: Sir Muir Gray CBE FRCPSGlas FCLIP (Director, University of Oxford’s Optimal Ageing Programme)

PRESENTATIONS I, followed by SPEAKER DEBATE, chaired by Sir Muir Gray

PRESENTATIONS II, followed by SPEAKER DEBATE, chaired by Sir Muir Gray


VFG close + Postscript: Social Welfare Institute at Yangpu District, Shanghai, China, ‘You’re never too old to be a pin up Girl

The webinar series is produced in partnership with Sir Muir Gray of the Optimal Ageing Programme at the University of Oxford and with Arts 4 Dementia.