D-IAGNOSIS! Campaign

D-IAGNOSIS! Arts to Preserve Wellbeing, From Despair to Desire Driving forward social prescribing as peri-diagnostic practice

To address issues arising from A4D’s 2019 social prescribing conference, we commissioned the art activist Jane Frere to paint “D-IAGNOSIS! Arts to Preserve Wellbeing” as our campaign image to help advance social prescribing to weekly arts as peri-diagnostic practice for dementia. 

D-IAGNOSIS! headed museum-hosted cross sector roundtables to inspire GPs to refer patients to A.R.T.S. at the onset of dementia symptoms.

In this dual profile of a person both fearful of their diagnosis and enchanted by cultural and creative activity. The A.R.T.S head extends a comforting hand to the Diagnostic head, whose other eye swims over waves of dementia towards A.R.T.S.

The picture will be donated to the College of Medicine, for training purposes and to stimulate patients to express responses to their symptoms through A.R.T.S.

D-IAGNOSIS! Campaign tour 2020

A4D brought regional together leaders in culture, health and wellbeing, GP clinical and social prescribing leads, memory services, link workers and community connectors to connect those involved and drive forward social prescribing as pre-diagnostic practice for dementia around the UK.

  • London: Tate Exchange (January launch)
  • London: The Wallace Collection (March, International Social Prescribing Day)
  • East of England: The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge, Canterbury, Kent (January).
  • East of England: The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (December)
  • South-West: The Holburne Museum, Bath (February); DEVON, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter (July)
  • South-West: Ashmolean Museum or Art & Archaeology, Oxford (May, Age of Creativity Festival)
  • South-West: St Barbe Museum, Lymington, Hampshire (June),
  • North-West: GREATER MANCHESTER, Manchester Museum (September)
  • North-East: TYNE & WEAR, Equal Arts & Tyne & Wear Museums, Newcastle (September)
  • Yorkshire & Humber: Leeds Museums & Galleries (October)
  • West Midlands: Birmingham Museums (November)
  • East Midlands: Nottingham Contemporary (November)
  • Scotland: Scottish Opera, Glasgow (February 2021)
  • Wales: National Museum Wales (March 2021, Brain Awareness Week)
  • Northern Ireland: The Millennium Centre, Londonderry (March 2021, International Social Prescribing Day).